Detroit details $179 million investment plan

Detroit details $179 million investment plan

Plans for more cops and firefighters, vehicles for them, additional money for park upgrades and blight removal, city employee training and several technology upgrades. That’s what the city proposes if a $120 million loan is approved, according to a court filing Friday.

The Detroit Free Press reports:

 The city listed $179 million in near-term investment needs for its beleaguered public safety, antiquated record-keeping systems and blight removal in response to creditor complaints that Detroit wasn’t detailing how it would spend the fresh debt from London-based Barclays, which must be approved by Judge Steven Rhodes.

In the court filing (see below for document), the city proposed how it would use the loan proceeds, including:

  • $36.2 million for the police department, specifically for fleet vehicles, construction of new precincts and a training facility, IT upgrades, hiring and equipment purchases;
  • $35.6 million for residential blight removal;
  • $28.5 million for the fire department including vehicle purchase and maintenance, facility repairs and maintenance, IT upgrades and hiring;
  • $25.4 million to the finance department for hiring and IT upgrades;
  • $24.8 million for the general services department to be used for park upgrades and ground maintenance fleet replacement, citywide facility improvements, and repairs and increased staffing;
  • $5.1 million to demolish the Herman Kiefer building;
  • $4.5 million for facility consolidation and hiring in the planning and development department;
  • $3.4 million for city employee training;
  • $2.7 million for transportation facility improvements and service costs;
  • $3.2 million for recreation facilities repair and maintenance, and parks and recreation facility improvements;
  • $1.6 million for more legal staff;
  • $800,000 for the elections department to cover deferred maintenance and improvements;
  • $600,000 for human resources staff.

3.28.14 City of Detroit Post Petition Financing