From Kelly Beman, Commerce Township:
I opened the most recent (Spinal Column Newsweekly) to an article about a dispute involving the Commerce Township budget. Still deep in a severe recession, Supervisor Tom Zoner wants to reinstitute employee pay that was cut in recent years. Using the (Spinal Column) figures, the township will have a surplus of over $700,000 in 2012. The township is also on the hook for a $1.2 million bond payment because the DDA will run out of money in 2012. I ask you Mr. Zoner, who pays the bills in the township? Residents recently passed a 10 year Headlee (RIP, wish you were here to see this) Amendment override for police and fire (services). I may be missing something, but a surplus tells me that somewhere taxes are higher than need be. Wouldn’t it make more sense to put the excess in a rainy day fund in case home values don’t recover or, better yet, give a small tax cut to the people (taxpayers) who pay the bills? I feel for the township employees but many residents have lost jobs, taken pay cuts or had no raises.