Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 34-35 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
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Bloomfield Township (Mich.) -- History Subject
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THE PHILOSOPHY WHICH HAS KEPT
"The people who moved to Bloomfield in the last 25 years
wanted to move to a bedroom community. To avoid other
locations where zoning might permit a smokestack on one
side of them and some type of commercial business on the
other, they were willing to come here and pay a higher
tax rate to build and maintain new school systems. In the
Township, 94% of the tax revenue comes from residential
home owners, and only 6% from commercial and other
types of zoning.
"I see no other future here except to continue as a
residential community. As land values become greater and
greater, we may increase our density, but I don't believe
the citizens of this Township will ever be willing to allow
other kinds of zoning to be introduced here. Most people
come here with their life savings, ready to make the biggest
investment they will ever make--building or buying their
home. To add zoning other than residential would do
nothing but depreciate their property.
"Holding the line has been difficult in a legal and financial
sense, however. There have been years in the past when
we've had to spend as much as $40,000 in litigation costs.
Requests are tapering off and we haven't had to spend
those large amounts for several years now."