Detroit Likely To Debate City CBA Ordinance

The City Council of Detroit (MI) is likely to introduce a proposed ordinance requiring private entities that either receive tax credits or buy a city-owned vacant building to negotiate a community benefits agreement (CBA). The CBA’s would only be required if the value of the tax credits or building purchase exceeds $300,000.

The proposal is opposed by Detroit’s mayor Mike Duggan and the city’s Chamber of Commerce. The plan has the support of the Council President and many business organizations located in low income neighborhoods.

At the end of 2013, the state of Michigan threatened to pass legislation that would prohibit CBA’s in any municipality in the state–but no action was taken on the bill. Ironically, Detroit Mayor Duggan opposed the state bill, fearing it would create precedent for the state to limit the autonomy of local governments.

I guess he prefers to kill CBA’s locally! Stay Tuned!!


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