Our money is missing, we know who took it but we don’t know where it is. The Michigan Constitution governs our state. Our constitution is the highest legal authority and establishes our rule of law in our state. All actions by the state officers both elected, appointed and hired must follow the rule of law.
- In 1994, Detroit voters approved a Capital Improvement Program that authorized the then elected Detroit Public Schools Board to sell $1.5 Billion in bonds over a planned 15 year period.
- In 1998, the Michigan State Legislature and then Governor John Engler passed legislation that disbanded the elected Detroit Public School Board.
- in 1999, the state’s Reform Board was installed, the elected board was dissolved, none of the CIP bonds had been issued at this time
- The Reform Board, as it was called in the state legislation, produced deficits in their school budget in all of the years of their existence
- The Reform Board also spent over $1 Billion during its five year existence, spending approximately $400 Million on two schools, Cass Tech and Renaissance High Schools in addition to it’s yearly budget
- Detroit residents and property owners continued to pay billions of dollars in property taxes attributed to the support of the Detroit Public Schools during this time even as the Detroit Public School Board had been suspended by state law
The question is what happened to that money? The estimate is roughly $10 Billion with interest.
If everyone involved followed the law, then the money collected as taxes from Detroiters since 1999 with interest is available for our schools. The bond funds that were not issued by the elected Detroit Public School Board is available to be used per voters approval.
The debts incurred by the states Reform Board and Governor Engler’s appointees are the responsibility of the state. These debts are not owned by Detroit residents and the debts are not owned by the elected Detroit Public School Board.
Our state constitution states; “The state is prohibited from requiring any new or expanded activities by local governments without full state financing,from reducing the proportion of state spending in the form of aid to local governments, or from shifting the tax burden to local government.” Article IX section 25.
Follow the money and we will see who did what. If laws were broken then the prosecutors and those who’ve sworn to uphold the law and the Michigan Constitution must act. Doing nothing is to violate the Oath of Office and to vacate the positions granted by the voters.
Bobb’s deficit is covered by the Headlee Amendment, as is Engler’s Reform Board