A Petition for Justice

Once upon a time there was a sleepy village on the shores of Lake Orion where living was a vacation. That all changed in 1985 when a well-meaning force at the time, the Downtown Development Authority, asserted itself into the politics of the village. The DDA now takes nearly $500,000 of citizens’ taxes yearly. During […]

Special assessments should apply to businesses as well

The village manager is suggesting the implementation of a Special Assessment District (SAD) system to solve the financial woes of the village. This concept is based on a user or benefactor paying for their share of the service or asset. I’d like to suggest that this philosophy could and should apply to the business district. […]

Budget woes

At the April 10, 2023 meeting the Village Manager provided his proposed 2023-2024 budget to the Village of Lake Orion Council. It was not provided to the public, so I requested it. As provided, it does not comply with village charter requirement 8.2 as the document is incomplete, containing NO information about next year’s DDA […]

Village needs to stop DDA’s tax capture of residential property

Well, it’s certainly a sin against humanity and totally unfair for the DDA to take village resident tax money (almost $500,000 a year) away from the village, then forcing an unnecessary council vote on a (proposed) village citizen special tax assessment. “Say it isn’t so” to quote a famous phrase applicable in this case because […]

What a shameful public assemblage!

Lake Orion’s village council meeting April 10 was so dysfunctional. Council members disparaging remarks toward each other and unprofessional posturing not only demonstrates a disrespect for the elected office, but disrespect towards the meeting presenters and attendees. The behavior continued until after 11 p.m. with constant interruptions between council members making it difficult to follow […]

DDA vs. village and resident tax increases

In response to Michael Lamb’s’ letter regarding the Special Assessment policy. It seems it’s a good time to revisit the fact that Lake Orion is undoubtedly doing very well, particularly the downtown, where I dare you to find a parking spot after 5 p.m., or anytime on the weekend, due to the huge influx of […]