Additional tax only enables failed policies to continue. Rejecting additional revenue will force Ypsilanti City Council to adopt fiscally responsible measures that it otherwise opposes for ideological reasons.
Cutting employees or services is not the only solution: there are creative alternatives. These include revising pension and benefit structures; changing the operation of tax-increment financing zones; combining or outsourcing services; shedding unneeded assets; and converting city-held land like “Water Street” into taxable property. Other cities have found inventive ways to survive declining property values without higher taxes. A city income tax in particular is a rarity, and where adopted is typically correlated with population flight and urban decay.