Benton Harbor residents are much worse off today than five years ago. We have higher taxes for home owners, no services in the community, water bills four times higher than five years ago, the streets are in shambles, and no relief in sight. We are still over five million dollars in debt - with the 2.3 million dollar loan received from the state on Jan. 1, 2014.
Hopes are very low in Benton Harbor when we judge what happened in Pontiac, Mich. Democracy could be years or decades away.
State officials claimed they resolved the debt issues in Benton Harbor. NOT SO.
We are still in handcuffs in Benton Harbor, and have no idea when it's going to end. We see no end in sight for a massive overreach of power by Gov. Snyder in our city.
Benton Harbor must answer to the arm of the state power. A Transition Advisory Board that consists of five members will meet monthly: two Whirlpool employees, the Berrien County treasurer, and the Michigan Treasury Dept. manager. NOT ONE OF THESE PEOPLE WILL ADVOCATE FOR OUR CITY WITH THE HIGHEST POVERTY RATE IN MICHIGAN.