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Posted: Tuesday, 22 July 2014 3:00PM

Pscholka: Primary Opponent Not Backing Proposal 1 To Eliminate Personal Property Tax



Voters go to the polls in two weeks for the August primary election, and there will be more than just deciding on state and local lawmakers before us. Proposal 1 is on the ballot as part of the repeal of the state's personal property tax. State Representative Al Pscholka fully supports it, but notes his primary opponent, Cindy Duran, is opposed.

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Proposal 1 has strong bipartisan support statewide. It dedicates money from Michigan's use tax to local governments to replace what they will lose from the phase out of the personal property tax, ensuring essential services like police and fire protection are funded. As Pscholka points out, the ballot question has massive widespread support from business groups like Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce along with the cities of St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Lansing and more. Pscholka says it's beyond time for that tax to go away.

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The Legislature voted to eliminate the tax every year by businesses on their equipment, and gave ownership of the solution to voters with Proposal 1. That would ensure that local governments don't lose any of their funding that they now receive from the PPT, and funds police and fire services, by using old tax credits and part of the use tax to keep them 100% funded while giving businesses a break.

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Backers of Proposal 1 note that it will not raise taxes on anyone in the state.

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