On July 5, 2016 Detroit City Council members heard public comments about the Community Benefits Ordinance. Though the Community Benefit Ordinance was not on the agenda of the meeting, many came out to speak in support of the ordinance due to a recent challenge to the ballot initiative petition signatures last week. Please check and share the videos and media links below.
On Monday June 27, 2016, the City of Detroit Department of Elections certified the Community benefits Agreement Coalition had collected enough signatures to place the long-sought Community Benefits Ordinance on the ballot in November. As required by law, a letter was sent to City Council thereby giving them 60 days to pass the ordinance as written or refer it to the Election Commission for placement on the ballot in November.
CBA Coalition partners expect to hear more from the Department of Elections regarding the challenge in the next few days and will share more information as it becomes available.
Please visit http://risetogetherdetroit.com/ for more information and updates on the efforts to gain a Community Benefits Ordinance for all Detroiters.
“If we have to pay, we get a say!”
Would proposed community benefits ordinance give voice to Detroit residents, or slow development?
A petition drive to get a proposed Detroit city ordinance on the ballot has hit opposition. The ordinance would require that new, large developments that use public money or land return some benefits to the local community. Benefits could include things such as employment preference for neighborhood residents, or health and safety measures.
Detroit Free Press
Plans with tax credits, land should include benefits
Brenda Jones, Free Press guest writer
“Time and time again, we urge our neighborhoods in Detroit to do their part, to be engaged. The fact that Detroiters collected over 5,000 signatures to support this effort speaks volumes. This proposed ordinance, along with executive orders that direct local hiring and contracting goals, gives our neighbors a chance to partner with developers to bring true benefit to their neighborhoods.”
Crain’s Business Detroit
Detroit tax break requirement sought to involve residents
Associated Press Syndication
Efforts are taking place to pass an ordinance that would require some developers seeking tax breaks from Detroit to negotiate with residents about the impact of their project on the environment, affordable housing and other issues.
A group, called Rise Together Detroit, collected 5,460 signatures to put the measure on the November ballot, the Detroit Free Press reported.
The petition has been certified by the city clerk, but a newly formed group called the Committee for Detroit Jobs challenged the petition’s certification, saying that nearly 2,000 of the signatures are invalid. A decision on the challenge is pending.
Detroit community benefits group targets Nov. ballot
The ordinance, submitted by Rise Together Detroit under the name Committee for Community Benefits, would require developers who get tax breaks in Detroit to guarantee jobs for local residents, and commit to other forms of community investments. The plan mirrors a draft ordinance previously introduced by Council President Brenda Jones.
A week ago, a group called the Committee for Detroit Jobs filed a challenge to the validity of some of the signatures. The clerk’s office is reviewing the objections, officials say.
Detroit Free Press
Detroit neighborhoods want say in development deals, tax breaks
With the proposed ordinance stalled, a coalition of community organizations and other groups began collecting signatures to put the law on the ballot. Rise Together Detroit lists the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce as one of its partners.
The Detroit city clerk’s office late last month certified that the petition contained 4,583 valid signatures out of 5,460 submitted — exceeding the required 4,054 signatures needed, or 3% of votes cast in the most recent mayoral election.
Detroit ballot proposal faces anonymous challenge
Mark Brewer, attorney for the coalition supporting the ordinance, says the challenge, which “alleges all kinds of defects” with the petitions, should not be anonymous.
“The law in Michigan is very clear that a group which supports or opposes a ballot proposal is supposed to file a ballot question committee with the local authorities,” said Brewer. “They’re supposed to disclose the source of their funding, what they’re spending their money on.
Social Media YouTube Round-Up
Tweet Link: https://twitter.com/DetroitPeoples/status/750526946660929536
#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Angy Webb “People want this. They wouldn’t have filled out petitions if they didn’t” https://youtu.be/tBmWt-_YAqo
Tweet Link: https://twitter.com/DetroitPeoples/status/750526707312914432
#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Lila Cabil “we’ve given a lot, but we’ve lost a lot” https://youtu.be/bMbwt6472sA
Tweet Link: https://twitter.com/DetroitPeoples/status/750526184924934144
#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Ron Turner: “Detroiters are capable of working with developers for a win/win situation.” https://youtu.be/itIQ3kl6Tuw
Tweet Link: https://twitter.com/DetroitPeoples/status/750525680589299712
#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Bro J Smith @CapSoupKitchen “people served by the kitchen don’t benefit from development” https://youtu.be/mea29FE-uiI
Tweet Link: https://twitter.com/DetroitPeoples/status/750527734200369152
#RiseTogetherDetroit 7 VIDEOS of Public Comments on Community Benefits from #DetroitCityCouncil’s Tuesday Meeting