Grosse Pointe Shores Leaders Nix County Switch

GROSSE POINTE SHORES (WWJ/AP) – Leaders in the upscale Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Shores have decided not to put the question before voters of switching the county in which most of them live.

The City Council on Tuesday night opted not to make any quick switches from Wayne to Macomb county.  Most of the city is in Wayne County, which includes Detroit, while part is in Macomb County.

Under a 1974 state law, cities that straddle county lines can move entirely to one county if approved by voters.

Supporters say taxes would be lower if the city made the figurative move. Others have argued such a change requires more study, particularly its effect on the public school system and maintenance of a seawall on Lake St. Clair.

Some residents hope to get enough signatures during the next week to get it on the November ballot.

About 3,000 people live in the 1.5-square-mile village of Grosse Pointe Shores, one of the state’s wealthiest communities with a median house value of nearly $485,000.

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