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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.

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

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:10     Q...doesn't make sense

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

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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.

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

   

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