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Press Release: Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh Urges Detroiters Vote NO on Proposed City Charter

Press Release: Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh Urges Detroiters Vote NO on Proposed City Charter

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City of Detroit

CITY COUNCIL
CHARLES PUGH COUNCIL PRESIDENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kirsten Ussery 313-205-4211 usseryk@detroitmi.gov

Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh Urges Detroiters Vote NO on Proposed City Charter
DETROIT, Mich., October 19, 2011 – Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh will urge Detroiters to vote no on the proposed City Charter because it does not provide enough authority to the Detroit City Council. While the proposed charter provides confirmation authority for a handful of executive level city officials, the Council President believes the City Council should have confirmation authority for all department heads, and more importantly – re-confirmation power at the end of each fiscal year. “Without the power to confirm a department head, and then re-confirm that person at the end of each year, there is no way council members can be accountable to their districts,” said Council President Pugh. “Council members will be sitting ducks with no real power to affect change.” Detroit voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 to consider revisions to the charter. The Detroit City Council proposed changes to the City Charter early in the revision process but many of the recommendations were not accepted by the Charter Revision Commission, namely this proposal. If the proposed charter passes, another ballot approval and revision process may be required to make changes to the charter. If the charter does not pass next month, the current commission will have until spring to make revisions. “This is not an indictment against the charter commission; however, I believe this single issue is enough of an oversight for citizens to vote the proposed charter down and force this commission back to the table to make revisions,” said Council President Pugh. -moreColeman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Ave., Suite 1340 Detroit, Michigan 48226 (313) 224-4510 Fax (313) 224-0230 CouncilPresidentPugh@detroitmi.gov

The Detroit City Council has faced major issues with the City’s lighting and transportation departments recently and has nearly exhausted all of its powers to address the issues. However, without the ability to affect the jobs of the people in charge of the departments, the council has limited capacity to require results. This issue becomes even more important, since there is a heightened expectation of council members, since we will be converting to Council by District. ABOUT COUNCIL PRESIDENT CHARLES PUGH Charles Pugh serves as President of the Detroit City Council, the legislative branch of city government. This honorable body is responsible for, not only, approving the city’s budget and contracts, but also, passing ordinances and resolutions. With his historic election, Pugh is charged with helping to revive the City of Detroit. ###

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Ave., Suite 1340 Detroit, Michigan 48226 (313) 224-4510 Fax (313) 224-0230 CouncilPresidentPugh@detroitmi.gov

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