We are a political group working to reform the Ann Arbor city government. Our platform is based on civil liberty, efficient government, environmental preservation, and legal equality.
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We are working to:
Reform the zoning code.
Repair Roads, Sewers, and Light Poles.
We will quickly repave roads and repair damaged water pipes and light poles. The zoning plan will allow more people to live inside the city, which will grow tax revenues faster than infrastructure expenses that have large fixed costs regardless of the number of people using roads, lights, and sewers. The zoning plan will also legalize private parking structures, which will allow the city to stop subsidizing public parking structures. That money will instead be used for necessary services.
Prevent Crime and Strengthen Civil Liberties.
We will use police resources to stop violence, theft, and property destruction. We will add street lights and lower 911 response times. We will not use police money or time to punish people who have not harmed others. If an action is harmless unless it is performed improperly, then we will make only the improper form of the action illegal.
Use Tax Money for Public Purposes with Public Oversight.
Tax money should only be used for necessary services that individuals cannot easily obtain without the city government. Sometimes it is difficult to decide whether an expenditure is a necessary service or a private benefit. In those cases, elected officials should have the final authority to decide whether to spend, so that citizens can vote them out of office if they misuse the public’s money. Currently, the Downtown Development Authority is an unelected board. The board members use tax money to invest in public and private construction. If the construction raises property values within the downtown, the board gains control of the new tax revenue that would otherwise go to the city, the school district, and other local governments. This is called tax increment financing, and we will abolish it.