Statements from Mayor Duggan – 12/17

Mayor Duggan's statement on passing of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
I am shocked and saddened at the loss of one of our city’s greatest public servants and native sons, Benny Napoleon. I cannot think of a leader in this town who has been more loved and admired than Benny.  He was born in the city, served our community courageously his entire adult life, and loved Detroit as much as anyone I’ve ever known. Please keep his daughter Tiffani, his family and friends, and the entire Wayne County sheriffs office in your prayers as they struggle with their painful loss.

Mayor Duggan's statement on former Governor Jennifer Granholm’s nomination as Secretary of Energy
President Elect Joe Biden’s selection of Jennifer Granholm as Energy Secretary is great news for every community committed to deploying clean and efficient energy to combat climate change. Her leadership as governor on encouraging renewable energy and supporting the creation of new jobs in this field was outstanding. In Detroit, we committed to honoring the Paris Accords even after President Trump’s withdrawal and we’re proud of our sustainability plan with projects like the DTE solar energy park on Detroit’s west side. With Secretary Granholm, we know the battle against climate change will have a great champion.

Mayor Duggan's statement on approval of Senate Bill 1234
Today, the Michigan House of Representatives voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 1234, which will automatically extend property tax exemptions for low income homeowners for the next year.  This follows unanimous approval two weeks ago in the Senate. This bill also helps senior citizens by having their tax exemptions last for three years instead of just one before they have to apply for renewal.

I was pleased to be given the opportunity to testify in Lansing recently in support of this legislation, which will help 9000 Detroit homeowners with current property tax exemptions breathe easier for another year and not have to worry about losing their home to tax foreclosure.

I would like to thank Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, Speaker Lee Chatfield, Sens. Jim Runestad, Stephanie Chang  and Aric Nesbitt, Reps. Wendell Byrd and Brant Iden, as well as our partners at the United Community Housing Coalition and Quicken Loans for their leadership and support getting this important legislation passed. I look forward to Gov.  Whitmer to signing this bipartisan legislation at her first opportunity, once the Senate concurs.


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