YOUR PUBLIC SERVICES ARE PROVIDED BY MANY DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS
The City of Detroit is a municipality, with general responsibility for well-being in its borders. The City has authority to tax in order to provide services, and it creates its own Charter of rules and processes, within State of Michigan limits. Other providers of public services in Detroit have their own leadership and own funding, and work in various levels of collaboration with the City.
City of Detroit, a Strong Mayor form of government, provides public safety enforcement, roads, lighting, water and sewer infrastructure, elections and basic land management services. The City operates a public health department and a bus system, and oversees independent training, development and recreational asset providers.
Wayne County, one of Michigan’s original 83 counties, provides economic development, roads, parks, water and air pollution, homeland security, public health and senior support services
Detroit Public Schools Community District provides elementary and high school education and related services to Detroit residents, apart from the Detroit Public Schools which services the system’s legacy debt.
State of Michigan maintains interstate highways and public health, keeps the peace, and supports economic development and various aid programs across localities, among a variety of services.
Special Purpose Authorities – examples: Downtown Development Authority, Huron Clinton Metro Authority, Regional Educational Services Agency, Port Authority – are created under State law to carry out specific functions in defined areas within the city, using their own funding and Boards of Directors
Non-profits (“501c.3”) may act in partnership with the City of Detroit, such as the Riverfront Conservancy, which operates the Riverwalk and Dequindre Cut, the Eastern Market Action Corporation which operates the Eastern Market sheds, and housing and community development agencies throughout city neighborhoods.
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