Belle Isle Lease Deal Off
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s office says the governor has pulled a proposal where the state would have leased Belle Isle from the city of Detroit.
The move comes after Detroit City Council met today and failed to vote on the issue.
While Council did vote to take the issue out of committee, they did not place it on the agenda. This means the issue could not be voted on before the end of the month.
The Governor had said the lease deal would have to be voted on before the end of January.
The state wanted to operate the island as a state park which would have required residents to pay ten dollars for an annual vehicle pass. Pedestrians and bicyclists would have been allowed to enter at no cost.
The state would have paid for the cost of maintenance, reportedly saving the city eight million dollars per year. The proposed lease would have lasted for 30 years and would have allowed either the city or the state to opt out after each decade.
Council members held a public hearing Monday where Detroiters spoke out on both sides of the issue.