Mayor Bing announces plan to light up Detroit's darkened streets, freeways

Creation of public lighting authority part of Mayor's plan to light streets in Detroit


Mayor Dave Bing has announced a plan aimed at lighting some of Detroit's most darkened streets and freeways.

The strategy released Friday calls for a backlog of 3,300 reported light outages to be fixed within six months after the creation of a public lighting authority.

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But the authority requires passage of a bill in the state Legislature allowing communities to establish lighting authorities.

Bing says the plan also needs the passage of a utility users' tax and suspension of an income tax rollback.

Bing says he expects the legislation impacting his plan to be discussed Wednesday in Lansing, when the Legislature reconvenes for one day.

The plan's total cost would be about $144.5 million, with most paid through bond sales by the authority.

"A yes vote in the state Senate will enable the city to solve a generations-old infrastructure problem that affects public safety and quality of life," said Mayor Bing in a news release. "It is important for the people of Detroit to know we have a strategy to get the city's lights on. We need help from Lansing, and we are hopeful that help is forthcoming next week."

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