Study: Detroit Council Among Most Expensive To Taxpayers

DETROIT (WWJ) – A new report finds that the Detroit City Council is one of the most expensive to the taxpayer.

The Pew Charitable Trusts report bases its findings on the amount of money from the general fund that’s used to finance a city council. A total of $13 million is spent on Detroit’s council and staffers annually – that represents 1 percent of the total general fund. That’s the highest percentage of the 15 cities studied by Pew Charitable Trusts.

The Detroit News also reports city taxpayers pay out $14.53 for each person, which, other than Washington D.C., is higher than any city. But when you consider council member salaries, which are $73,500 a year – it’s well below the $178,000 a year that Los Angeles council members receive.

  • A Michigan Resident

    Governor Snyder has accounted for the large expense to pay Michigan public job holders as compared to other states. Detroit’s thirst for large emolument continues the trend. But with 319,000 Michigan people losing jobs over a 2 year period, the state and cities don’t have the wealth to afford the high cost of administration. The collapse of Detroit auto forces correction to payroll. Just ask the DSO members. One slogan was Pure Michigan. Now its Poor Michigan.

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  • Wondering

    Unfortunately I’m not very knowledgable in City Councel. However, my question is WHY DO WE NEED SO MANY MEMBERS? Just from a general viewpoint, it seems fewer members could do the same job. All companies are “down sizing” doing the same job, why not city council?

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