Monday, August 14, 2006

Repeat - the Solid Waste Fee

I've heard a lot of grumbling throughout the neighborhood about the $300 annual fee that went into effect recently to pay for trash collection. Much of this has already been said, but I wanted pass along a pair of reminders.
  1. The cost of that fee is off-set by the 3 mills that disappeared from our property tax bills. Some folks actually doubted that our property taxes have gone down by 3 mills. I encourage everyone who doubts me to compare this year's summer property tax bills with last year's. The proof is right there in black and white.
  2. You can have that $300 annual fee chopped in half if you're either a) age 65 or older or b) had a household income of less than $40,000 in 2005.
In order to get that discount, you have to complete a form and mail it in with a) proof of your age (e.g., birth certificate or drivers license) or b) proof of your income (e.g., copy of last year's tax income tax return). For many people in Warrendale, between those two things, that extra $300 fee pretty much disappears.

You can download the form you need for this at http://www.ci.detroit.mi.us/HomePage/pdf/SWSeniorDiscountForm.pdf

5 comments:

canoecarver said...

I was under the impression that this new $300.00 fee would enable the city to provide bulk pick-up again. Is this still the case, or has this half of the issue been swept under the rug? I think you reported in an earlier blog post that bulk pick-up would resume in November. Any updates?

Also, thanks for posting the link to the form for people of 65, I was able to download it for my parents and hand it to them. They were not even going to try to get the form because they had thought it would be too much trouble to deal with Detroit to actally get it. Both being residents of Detroit for more than 70 years, I can definately say I don't blame them, but again, thanks for making it easier.

Anonymous said...

The city will provide bulk pick up on a quarterly basis. Not exactly ideal, but better than its been for the last year!

Incidentally both me and my grandmother have homes in Warrendale. I passed the form on to her. She had no idea she could get a break.

DAVID L. MALHALAB said...

HELLO WARRENDALE
THE REPUBLICAN, MAYOR OF DETROIT -KWAME KILPATRICK IS GIVING TAX BREAKS TO THE RICH - HOW REPUBLICAN...
DETROIT'S WEALTHY NEIGHBORHOODS ARE GETTING A TAX BREAK BY ADDING THE $300. GARBAGE FEE, AND ELIMINATING THE 3 MILL LEVY. AND THEN HE ADDS TAX BREAKS FOR WEALTHY PROPERTY OWNERS IN SELECTED NEIGHBORHOODS -
WHILE WARRENDALE AND BRIGHTMOOR PROPERTY OWNERS STRUGGLE TO PAY BILLS LET ALONE CITY TAXES.
TELL KILPATRICK 224 3400..WE NEED TAX RELIEF..AND BULK PICK UP NOW..SO WE CAN CLEAN UP OUR YARDS BEFORE WINTER...
DAVID L. MALHALAB
CANDIDATE
STATE SENATE 5TH DISTRICT

canoecarver said...

I must say, if you are going to use this forum as a campaign soap box, please, A) Do not type in all caps; it's considered poor internet etiquette, and B) Learn simple grammar, i.e. comma placement, especially if you want votes in the fall. Sorry for stepping on your toes, Frank, but I just couldn't take it anymore.

A local, republican (gasp*), Warrendale resident.

Anonymous said...

For those of you who can READ, Mayor Kilpatrick is a DEMOCRAT!! As we ALL know, DEMOCRATS are infamous for RAISING TAXES!! This IS a TAX INCREASE!! ( An ILLEGAL one at that!)

IF this new FEE is accepted by the TAX PAYERS of Detroit, what new fee comes next?? A new FEE for a fresh set of UNDERWEAR for Quammi and his lacky CITY COUNCIL?

Throw the BUMS out and sign the RECALL PETITION ASAP!!