Tax hike in Detroit? Council considers plan to put police protection on ballot

Detroit City Council declined to vote on whether residents should have the opportunity to vote on raising taxes to put more cops on the streets, saying the police department needs to provide a more thorough plan.

Council members said they want to ensure the roughly $56 millon that would be raised from a tax hike would be used only for hiring officers.

Police Chief Ralph Godbee said he’d be back with a report by Friday.

“It ain’t rocket science,” Godbee told council members. “This is a plan that would put more police in the precincts.”

Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown said voters deserve to see details of that plan.

“We want guarantees that a certain number of patrols will be available in each precinct,” Brown said. “We can’t tell voters to support this if we don’t know how the level of police services will be affected.
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As violent crimes continue to hover at troublesome levels, Godbee said the city desperately needs more money.

“We are in a crisis,” Godbee said.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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