In the News

Recent articles in the Ann Arbor News (MLive) reveal some of Jane’s stances on various issues.  Click on a title in the Table of Contents to be taken to the full article.

Housing Density and City’s A2Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan

(Ann Arbor News, May 27, 2020)  The A2Zero plan is an ambitious effort to drastically change the way the city and its residents live and work.  The price tag is estimated to be $1 billion.  Lumm is concerned about the impact of the plan on neighborhoods throughout the city.  More importantly, in a time of massive budget shortfalls for the city, Lumm argues that the city should not launch the plan at this time.

Mayor’s Partial Veto of Council Resolution

(Ann Arbor News, May 24, 2020) In the face of a massive budget shortfall the Council is forced to examine all planned expenditures to find ways to make the budget balanced before the May 31 deadline.  Lumm proposed, and Council passed, a resolution that all city expenditures should be on the table as Council deliberates about possible cuts.  This includes monies from the annual rebate the city gets from a county mental health and public safety tax.  The mayor vetoed that part of the resolution.  The debate between Lumm and the mayor illustrates her principled look at budget issues while supporting expenditures that protect the most vulnerable in the city.

Ann Arbor Property Tax Payments

(Ann Arbor News, May 5, 2020)  In light of the financial hardships many taxpayers face during this pandemic, Jane co-sponsored a proposal to waive penalties for late payments of this summer’s property taxes.  “It provides some temporary relief to taxpayers who are struggling while doing so at a reasonable cost to the city.”

Ann Arbor’s A2Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan

(Ann Arbor News, April 21, 2020)  Noting that the city and residents are facing economic uncertainty with COVID-19, and that the city is simultaneously embarking on a multimillion-dollar affordable housing initiative, Lumm argued the A2Zero plan isn’t ready for implementation.  Instead of officially adopting the $1-billion A2Zero plan, Jane convinced her colleagues to receive the plan, thank city staff for their work on it, and directed staff to now develop a funding plan and framework for prioritizing the many recommended actions.

New Transit-Supported Zoning Districts

(Ann Arbor News, April 7, 2020)   Jane resists the proposal at this time.  “Even without COVID-19, the timing is not right,” she said, arguing the city should do a comprehensive update of its master plan first or concurrently.  “Major decisions like this — to add a zoning classification — shouldn’t be made in a vacuum,” she said.