At Bedford Watch, it is our goal to provide the Bedford Township residents with the facts, which we have thoroughly researched for the past 9 years.
As an American, it is your right to have freedom of press and freedom of speech and offer opinions.
Whatever your personal opinion is, you cannot expect to have a 200,000 square foot big box store in Bedford, without affecting the township’s infrastructure which includes the roads, the police and fire departments, and a documented increase in crime.
Not one individual in the past 9 years, who said that they want a big box store, has ever explained who is going to pay for the infrastructure damage that a big box store would cause.
Bedford Watch has explained exactly what would happen with facts and references. What you do with the facts is totally up to you.
We have found that most Bedford Township residents do take the time to read the facts and references.
In most townships, the township board of trustees are elected and paid to protect and serve the residents of the community.
Bedfordwatch.com feels that as a commercial or residential parcel owner in Bedford, you have a right to sell you property, as long as you do not destroy the township’s infrastructure in the process.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
Q: Where was Bedford Watch when the Kroger Plaza was being built?
A: Bedford Watch was formed in December of 2001, eleven months after the Kroger store at Secor and Sterns opened. The Kroger store was finished and built by January 16, 2001.
Q: Why didn’t Bedford Watch do something to try and stop the new Taco Bell that is right next to a single-family home?
A: When the property owner purchased 3204 W. Sterns Road in 2006, perhaps it was done without “due diligence.” According to Dennis Jenkins, Bedford Township Planning and Zoning Coordinator, “The entire northeast corner of Sterns and Secor in Lambertville has been zoned C-2 since the early 1970’s.” If the zoning of the properties that surround the residential home had been checked before purchase, this would have been discovered. The NE corner includes the new Walgreen’s, the bank and Taco Bell. Contact Dennis Jenkins at 734-847-6791.
Bedford Watch strongly recommends that before you purchase any property, you should do “due diligence.” Real estate is an industry where local knowledge is of vital importance.
Q: Why wasn’t the referendum ballot easy to read?
A: Bedford Watch had nothing to do with the wording on the May 5, 2009 referendum ballot. The Monroe County Clerks office handled this.
Many people have e-mailed us and said, “If you do not know how to read or understand a ballot, then you shouldn’t be voting to begin with.”
We feel that if you do not know how to read or understand a ballot, you should call the township hall with your questions at: 734-847-6791. Bob Schockman, the Bedford Township Clerk, will be more than happy to explain or read the ballot to you and spend as much time with you as you need. Example: The last referendum in this township was in the 1970’s and we didn’t know how to file or do a referendum. Bob Schockman explained to us exactly how to do this.
Q: Why is Bedford Watch not doing anything about all of the subdivisions being built?
A: A few people are upset about all of the subdivisions that have been built in Bedford Township in the past decade. Yet they fail to realize that since Proposal A took effect in 1994, property taxes have been reduced in Michigan, perhaps one of the biggest reasons why more people moved to Michigan in the past 16 years. Click here to read a part of Proposal A.
Subdivisions do not add 159,390 cars and trucks to a township per week like a big box store would. According to Experian Automotive, the average American household owns 2.23 vehicles. Multiply 2.23 vehicles times 140 homes (in our example) and that equals 312.2 cars added to our roads per week for a new subdivision, not more than 159,390 cars and trucks that we have documented that drive in front of the Wal-Mart in Monroe, Michigan on a weekly basis.
Q: A big box store would increase the tax revenues for Bedford Township, why is Bedford Watch against that?
A: Some may assume that it would benefit the community with tax revenues, however the facts prove otherwise. According to the Bedford Township Treasurer’s office (734-847-6791), Bedford Township would receive a little more than $27,300 per year in tax revenue for a 20 million dollar big box store in Bedford Township. Divide approximately 32,000 residents into $27,300 and that equals a tax revenue benefit of 85.3 cents per Bedford resident per year. Click here to read the article from Bedford Now.
If you are a Bedford Township property owner, you may e-mail your questions to us. Please take a moment and fill out our survey if you are a Bedford Township resident.