Ten Candidates, One Contest
It might not hurt to ask, but it's not likely to do much good, either. In a lengthy email, U-M spokesperson Jim Kosteva details the university's positive economic impact on the city and region, which, he argues, far outweighs the loss of direct tax revenues. He concludes: "I do not believe that any type of PILOT program is warranted."
Mayor Hieftje's announcement that he won't seek reelection in 2014 has reshuffled the political cards. Hieftje chose to reveal his plans now, he emails, "to give whoever is thinking about running plenty of time to ponder it."
There's plenty to ponder. As a lame duck, Hieftje may be less able to push initiatives like the new train station and regional mass transit. And the power vacuum could give the "independent voices" room to advance their own agenda.