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http://www.monroenews.com/news/20180622/dte-ups-ante-seeking-60-percent-tax-cut

What is going to happen to Monroe County when every single Government entity gets to take a tax cut?

Will they cut their budgets accordingly - or will they take the route of recovering the tax dollars through higher millage rates?

I am sure happy to see that all the Government Officials are acting like professionals through this process.

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The effects of the devaluation will be felt throughout Monroe County. McNew said the ISD alone stands to lose about $2.5 million from the devaluation, which impacts the technology millage, general levy and special educational millage.

“This is a travesty and we cannot sit idly by and let big business bully our schools and this community,” McNew said.


I think Stephen needs to take a deep breath and not get emotional.  This is just business.  DTE is looking out for their business and shareholders.  It isn't personal.  They aren't "bullying" you.  Don't make it personal.
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Re: DTE Power Plant Valuations - What is the impact on Monroe County?
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2018, 06:49:54 PM »

It might be a great time for anyone that has been thinking about selling their home and moving out of the county to actually get to it.  It might make selling a home in the county in a few years a lot more difficult...

or at least to sell at anywhere near the current price level. 
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Re: DTE Power Plant Valuations - What is the impact on Monroe County?
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2018, 07:08:12 PM »

I agree that housing prices potentially will be impacted.

DTE is the biggest taxpayer, and the biggest employer.

In a SWOT analysis I would put them down as a threat...  it is never good to have so much of your well being invested in one basket.

As Monroe County has lost its manufacturing base - I think it's strength has become that it is a place with reasonably good schools and services, the tax rates were much lower than surrounding counties, and you could quickly get to Detroit, Toledo, Ann Arbor to work.

If the tax rates go up to offset the further loss of manufacturing - one reason to be there goes away.  To maintain the balance I would think that housing prices would fall - which would defeat the purpose of raising the millage rates.  In many other communities this has become a viscous circle.
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Re: DTE Power Plant Valuations - What is the impact on Monroe County?
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2018, 04:11:59 PM »

Monroe County government will either get fiscally responsible or have no choice.  You raise millages to compensate for your poor dollar management, people leave and it gets even worse.  Like that new fire station.  I'd be putting that on hold but I suspect the government in this county don't have that much fore sight.  It really won't impact us much at all.  We get no services from Monroe County other than the half baked attempts by the NCRC to maintain the road.
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Re: DTE Power Plant Valuations - What is the impact on Monroe County?
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2018, 05:39:51 PM »

Monroe County government will either get fiscally responsible or have no choice.  You raise millages to compensate for your poor dollar management, people leave and it gets even worse.  Like that new fire station.  I'd be putting that on hold but I suspect the government in this county don't have that much fore sight.  It really won't impact us much at all.  We get no services from Monroe County other than the half baked attempts by the NCRC to maintain the road.

Just because they don't give you services doesn't mean that your taxes won't go up to cover those services.
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Re: DTE Power Plant Valuations - What is the impact on Monroe County?
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2018, 09:08:05 AM »

Apparently Rep. Hernandez from the St. Clair county area is looking for answers as to why home owners are being charged more for electricity since these so call "smart meters" have been installed. DTE has been caught over charging customers.  Per the article I read in the Port Huron Times Herald, one customer went away for almost a month, he turned off his heat and ac, unplug anything that didn't need to be on.  When he received his electric bill for that month, it was higher than the month before.  Kind of strange that DTE posted its biggest profit ever the same year that it pretty much switched everyone to these new meters.
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Re: DTE Power Plant Valuations - What is the impact on Monroe County?
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2018, 09:23:22 AM »

Apparently Rep. Hernandez from the St. Clair county area is looking for answers as to why home owners are being charged more for electricity since these so call "smart meters" have been installed. DTE has been caught over charging customers.  Per the article I read in the Port Huron Times Herald, one customer went away for almost a month, he turned off his heat and ac, unplug anything that didn't need to be on.  When he received his electric bill for that month, it was higher than the month before.  Kind of strange that DTE posted its biggest profit ever the same year that it pretty much switched everyone to these new meters.

I am surprised at how many people just 'accept' what their utility bill is and pay it and go on while complaining about the price of gasoline going up a nickel yesterday. 

When the MGU gas meter reader is here I go out and take a picture of the meter within minutes of him (was a her for years) reading the meter.  Sometimes they make mistakes.

We have Consumer's Power and just got our 'smart' meter upgrade last summer.  I haven't caught them in any errors yet but I do watch the bill every month just to keep them honest.  Our costs actually seem to have gone down some since they installed the new meter. 

I don't know if I should ask them for a refund for the last 30 years or just leave it alone and hope they don't replace the new meter again!
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