45 reasons to Vote NO on Proposal C

Reject the Proposed Charter


1) Police Commission is elevated to the same level as city council.

2) Conflict of interest between city council and the proposed inspector general.

3) Districts diminish voice and voting power of the citizens.

4) Districts reduce the power of the vote of city council; At large vote will have greater influence than district vote

5) It is unconstitutional for city to fund one district differently than another.

6) New charter greatly grows government and will cost more to operate.

7) Recycle provision handcuffs city and does not allow flexibility to deal with trash.

8) Creates regionalization with a loss of control over city assets.

9) Allows city auditor to deny audits for city departments.

10) Prohibits council from seeking budget information.

11) Promotes less accountability for Police Chief (per Detroit News editorial)

12) Necessary for a removal of rights of Detroiters aka “a takeover of Detroit”.

13) Will legalize the current illegal actions by government regarding the Detroit Zoo, DIA, The Historical Museum etc.

14) Duplicates services and regulations that exist today but calls it NEW.

15) 21 people will be required and involved in choosing the Chief of Police, this will only lead to confusion and grief for residents.

16) Promotes segregation while suburban residents are being paid to move to midtown and downtown.

17) Creates mandatory privatization without just compensation or lower taxes for city residents.

18) Prevents Detroit from regaining control of Cobo hall

19) Prevents Detroit from regaining contracting at the water dept.

20) Contains costly proposals that will work against Detroit residents

21) Insurance section is a proposal that will cost money and will not lower insurance

22) Recycle section forces NEW budget allocations and cuts in police, fire and other non-charter services

23) Ethics provision is toothless, does what exists today and cannot levy fines, jail time nor remove people from office

24) Campaign donations are already disclosed today – no change

25) Proposed charter makes it harder for small business to contract with city

26) If you don’t like Districts a no vote prevents legal implementation

27) Complicates cities election procedure modifying powers of election commission and city clerk

28) Allows the election commission to refuse to place a petition on the ballot (12.108)

29) Allows for private meetings by the election commission regarding city elections, recounts, etc

30) If you vote no, we review in 2018; if you vote yes we still review in 2018; let’s just wait for 2018

31) Places a non-elected director of elections in charge of verifying signatures of petitions

32) Extends allowed time for an ordinance to remain law after petitions have been submitted for a repeal

33) Places complete control of all elections under a single person, without checks and balances

34) Proposed charter allows a Detroit based Emergency Manager law

35) Proposed charter removes requirements that the city council adopt purchasing requirements for city based businesses

36) Provides for requirements to maintain areas outside of the city of Detroit

37) Green initiatives will greatly expand the cities budget at a time when revenue is shrinking, a mandate requires budget allocation

38) Green initiatives can be already be performed by the city

39) Allows the DIA to be permanently operated by a private entity (7-301)

40) Creates multiple master plans

41) Provisions to help and support the disabled were not allowed to be included

42) Provisions to help and support the elderly were not allowed to be included

43) An amendment to help and support the youth was rejected

44) Greatly expands government with numerous district driven commissions and boards

45) Makes it more difficult to conduct and engage in recalls of our elected persons

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