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Posted: Wednesday, 04 June 2014 1:30PM

Business Leaders, Elected Officials, Public Safety All Urge "Yes" Vote On Prop 1

The final piece of the repeal of Michigan's unpopular personal property tax on businesses is being put before voters on the August 5 ballot. Proposal 1 will replace the revenue being lost by local governments for public safety funding with a statewide essential services tax on businesses paying PPT as of December 31, 2012. Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower says passage is vital to avoid cuts in services.



The personal property tax is paid by businesses on equipment, and Harbortown Interiors owner Stephanie Grill put the double taxation in layman's terms.



:10     Q...doesn't make sense

St. Joseph Mayor Mike Garey supports the idea of putting the idea before voters.



Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Tammie Howard believes if Proposal 1 passes, it will be a big help in attracting companies to the state and the region. She echoes comments by Garey and Hightower that passage of the proposal is needed for public safety funding.



Proposal 1 will ensure local governments continue to receive the same amount of money they do now. More information is available online at


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