For the past two weeks we have explored a very curious situation.
During this past school board election, it came to light that some candidates own houses in another city, and claim to live there through the Homestead tax exemption.
Yet at the same time, they also claimed to live here.
Which is it?
There have been other candidates in past years who have raised suspicions that they don’t really live here.
It appears that for some, Hamtramck is a political playground. It’s where people get to play the political game here and go home in the suburbs at night, far away from Hamtramck.
We know Hamtramck can be infectious, in the sense that if you have lived here and then moved away, there is something about Hamtramck that pulls one back.
But seriously, what is the motivation of some who claim residency in more than one city yet run for office here?
What immediately strikes us is that there is an ulterior motive other than being able to boast you are an elected official.
And there is the special case where some have claimed their spouse lives in another city, but they live here, separately. Doesn’t that stretch believability?
Are we supposed to believe that these folks are living apart from their spouse in order to serve some higher purpose by being a Hamtramck elected official?
Oh, how noble and self-sacrificing these folks are!
Again, it brings up the question of motive, and what are they getting out of it.
It would be nice if those in charge would look deeper into this strange phenomenon happening in Hamtramck. But we realize Hamtramck is a small concern compared to the other problems cities face.
Ultimately it’s up to voters to weigh in on this matter.