The Dearborn Police Department receives approximately 34% of the city's general fund budget. This amounted to a total of $35,660,063. A budgetary increase of over $9 million from the 2006 funding level.
Following the 2007 adoption of the city's new charter the City of Dearborn experienced a $20 million budget short fall. The City of Dearborn cut 35% of its non-public safety Full Time Employees, closed down the City Health Department, shut down three public pools, and shuttered the Dearborn Public Library Snow Branch. These moves also include the approval of a 3.5 mil increase in property taxes.
In 2011, Dearborn City Council was given an opportunity to vote on whether an amendment to the City's Charter should be put to a vote of the public. Dearborn City Council voted against allowing citizens to decide whether to amend the charter through the democratic process.
Data retrieved from the 2010-2013 "3-Year Budget Presentation", the 2012 City of Dearborn Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Dearborn City Council 7-12-11 Special Meeting Minutes