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Apr 18

Budgets And Lessons On Counter-Programming

Comments (2) 9:30 AM posted by admin |

At last night’s Town Hall Meeting on the City Budget held at the Senior Center, there were 14 people who braved the weather to come hear stuff. The major focus of the meeting was supposed to be on what cuts / priorities would be in the upcoming budget, but residents mainly voiced their opinions about property taxes and the growing disincentive to developers and homeowners to invest and remain in the City.

The poor attendance can most likely be attributed to the City’s decision to hold the event the same night as the 10th Annual Pop Trivia Night at the Ypsilanti District Library. My team failed to win again, coming in 2nd for the third time. All questions used for the event were culled from books in the library’s collection. Sadly there were too many Star Wars and Star Trek questions raising the issue of whether or not our local library has a proper mix of reading material.

If you’d like to help remedy this issue, you can donate to the YDL by filling out THIS form. The fewer books about Star Trek and Star Wars our library has, the brighter future we can expect for our children.

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  1. Comment by rodneyn
    April 18, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

    There was a budget meeting on Thursday? I get ALL of the real Ypsilanti news exclusively from, so I must’ve missed this notice. Of course, I also missed the courtesy notice on the main City webpage (which wasn’t posted), and I missed the blurb in this week’s Ypsilanti Courier (which also wasn’t there).

    It’s easy to keep the audience small when you only provide the minimum legally-required notice. On that topic, I must’ve also missed that 3pt font legal notice want ad in the AA News as well….

  2. Comment by Paul Schreiber
    April 19, 2008 @ 1:03 pm


    I’m sorry that you didn’t know about the budget town hall meeting. A broadcast email was sent to you and your wife with the meeting announcement. The email was reprinted in the Ypsilanti Courier. WEMU was also broadcasting the meeting notice on the day of the meeting.

    The Ypsilanti city website main page has the meeting announcement posted, but the title didn’t contain the words “Budget Town Hall Meeting.” The city will try to have more informative headlines in the future.

    Concerning the city’s request for legal services, the city received a total of seventeen responses. Among other places, the request was distributed to the Washtenaw County Bar Association.

    Paul Schreiber

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