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Some Detroit neighborhoods paying more for enhanced services

Residents of some Detroit neighborhoods have agreed to pay more for enhanced services.

The Detroit Free Press reports a change last year made it easier for community groups to establish "special assessment districts" requiring homeowners to pay extra for services such as enhanced security, snow removal or mosquito abatement.

In response to community petitions, City Council last month approved the first three such districts in Detroit.

Annual fees amount to $495 for homeowners in Palmer Woods; $250 for those in Sherwood Forest and $400 for residents of the Detroit Golf Club subdivision.

For some residents in Palmer Woods and Sherwood Forest, fees won't be altogether new.

Some already were paying dues to neighborhood organizations for extra security and snow removal.

Now, however, all residents in the neighborhoods must pay.

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