Cityhood Questions and Answers
When will I get to vote on whether the Village becomes a city?
For the Village to become a City the voters need to adopt a City Charter. The City Charter is on the ballot for consideration on November 4, 2014.
What are the "pros" of becoming a city?
The best source for information about becoming a city is the City Study Committee report. The report covers all aspects of the process and results in great detail. People often cite some of the following reasons as advantages to becoming a city: 1) Not paying township taxes, 2) Centralized government for the City with all elections, tax payments, etc., within the City, instead of some elections at the Township, and different polling places for people in each Township, and 3) More recognition from a state and county level since villages are still considered part of the townships, where cities are entities separate from townships.
What are the "cons" of becoming a city?
Again, the best source for information about becoming a city is the City Study Committee report. The report covers all aspects of the process and results in great detail. People often cite some of the following reasons as disadvantages to becoming a city: 1) No representation at the Township and the loss of the ability to run for elected township office, as we would no longer be a part of the Township, 2) Fear of the loss of the small town feel of the Village of Dexter and the connotation of being a city instead of a village, and 3) added responsibility of a city running their own elections and doing their own assessing instead of the Townships doing these things for us.
Other Cityhood reference material can be viewed here.