I did not attend myself, but it bears mentioning that there was an emergency DDA Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday regarding their budget crisis. From what I’ve been told, Nevrus Nazarko knew in January of 2011 that the county treasurer was no longer going to pay $100,000 per year to the DDA because the DHS building on North Joseph Campau was sold to Wayne County and no longer pays taxes. But Nevrus didn’t tell anyone, and the DDA continued to spend as if they had the money.
As a result, the DDA is currently $13,000 overdrawn, and they also asked the city for $22,000 to cover salary and benefits for their director the next four months, $35,000 total. They still have outstanding bills for a building they just purchased on Joseph Campau that is to be put up for sale immediately. If the board can’t raise $75,000 in committed sponsorships, there will be no Labor Day Festival. They plan to continue having merchants meets by getting money from the Community and Economic Development department budget, and they also want the police department to take over the cost of maintaining their video cameras on Joseph Campau. However, the city is not expected to make payroll in the coming month.