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Detroit Council Rejects Request To Put Police Tax On Ballot

08/08/2012 12:08 pm ET | Updated Oct 08, 2012

Detroit-- The City Council on Tuesday rejected a plan to put a tax proposal on the November ballot to raise $56 million for the city's cash-strapped police department.

The council voted 7-2 against the measure, which was proposed by a coalition of public safety advocates, including the Rev. Jerome Warfield, leader of the city's Board of Police Commissioners; Police Chief Ralph Godbee; and former police commissioner Art Blackwell.

The proposal would have added eight mills to city tax bills to beef up police ranks for five years to offset budget cuts, costing the owner of a $50,000 home another $225 a year.

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