DETROIT (AP) — Voters in Detroit on Aug. 3 are deciding a ballot proposal that calls for the creation of some new city departments, restructuring the police and fire departments, and linking water rates and public transportation fares to income.
Changes to the city charter with Proposal P have been opposed by some who say it could increase spending by the city, which still has to carefully monitor its finances that for several years had been under state oversight following Detroit’s historic 2013 bankruptcy.READ MORE: Mayor Duggan Urging Detroiters To Take Advantage Of Auto Insurance Amnesty By Dec. 31
The changes were drafted and approved by the Detroit Charter Revision Commission.
Supporters have said the proposal addresses concerns raised by Detroit residents about social justice and other issues in the majority Black city. They took the measure to the courts to keep it on the primary election ballot after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declined to support it.READ MORE: Expect More Michigan Police On Roads Following Rise In Fatal Crashes
Last week, the Michigan Supreme Court overturned decisions by lower courts that would have kept Proposal P off the ballot. It already was on absentee ballots distributed ahead of the primary.
The proposal would create new city departments covering disability rights, environmental justice, veterans affairs, and economic justice. It would also create a task force to consider paying reparations to Black people.
Voters on Tuesday also were making picks in Detroit’s nonpartisan mayoral primary and for other offices.MORE NEWS: FDA Advisers Vote To Recommend Authorization Of Pill To Treat COVID-19
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