Some essential services in the City of Wayne could soon be axed.  City Council will decide Tuesday night whether or not to shut down the Police and Fire Department — because the budget can’t support them.

Concerned citizen Chris Sanders, a member of a group for Wayne’s Progress, says he’s appalled by the city’s actions when officials continue to fund the park’s and recreation department. 

Sanders says a city’s job is to provide essential services like police, fire and public works, not entertainment.

He believes police and fire could be spared by significantly reducing staff and getting more creative with the budget. 

Meantime, The Wayne’s city manager tells WWJ he’s hoping to resolve a $1.5-million tax dispute with Ford Motor Company.  He’s hopeful if they can do that the budget changes won’t be needed.

  1. TOM says:

    Suggestion: Shut down city council and keep the police and fire depts.

  2. Karl says:

    If the city axes the police department… what are they going to do with their multi-million dollar police headquarters they constructed less than five years ago?

  3. Mark says:

    Shutting down the Police and Fire deparments would be political suicide for all members of the council and the mayor. Both emergency departments are below minimum man power and their runs are continuing to grow. There are other ways to save the money. The city manager and others in adminstration are just being lazy and see that police and fire are major expenditures of the city so they must be eliminated. How can you even pretend to be a city with any type of future when there are not even essential services being provided. It makes me sick and if this goes through I will be putting my house up for sale.

  4. David says:

    I think that once the police and firefighters are gone the City of Wayne will fall. All you have to do is look around and see the neighboring communities (Inkster, Westland’s Shack Town) to see the future of Wayne. I guess the powers that be want to mirror the trash that surrounds them. How many more scum bags does the city need riding their bicycles with their backpacks, stealing, drinking and just looking for any opportunity (GPS units in vehicles). If the citizens don’t stand up and make their voices heard then just look around for the future of Wayne.

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