Local municipalities applaud Personal Property Tax legislation
Caroline MacGregor December 26, 2012 | WGVU A group of
West Michigan local governments collaborated with Lt. Gov Brian Calley on recent legislation passed in the House to phase out the personal property tax for industrial properties. An
exemption would be included for small commercial properties.
Chamber president and CEO, Rick Baker believes the resulting legislation will remove
a big barrier to business investment and expansion, and create high-quality
jobs for our community. He says Michigan’s dependence on the tax made the state
uncompetitive. Grand Rapids Deputy City Manager, Eric DeJonge, believes the
program is balanced.
“The PPT solution that has been adopted by the legislature is good for business and local government. A group of us in West Michigan worked closely with the office of Lt. Governor Calley and other interest groups to develop a package that package that provides business tax relief but replacement of revenue through a combination of methods.”
That group includes the cities of Grand Rapids and
Wyoming, Kent and Ottawa Counties, and the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council.
local communities and schools rely upon PPT revenue to provide essential
services but the new legislation responsibly replaces that revenue while
creating an environment for more jobs.
“The idea here was to find a way to eliminate that tax over time and replace it with revenues for local government services that also provide the home for manufacturing and commercial businesses to prosper. We believe we found that balance.”
Some of the revenue
could be replaced by creating a “Metropolitan Areas Component” portion of the
state’s six percent “use” tax that would be distributed by the “Michigan
Metropolitan Areas Authority.” Voters would have to approve any change in the
use tax in a statewide referendum during the August 2014 primary election.
recently released by the Anderson Economic Group report estimates between 20-45
thousand jobs will be created by eliminating Michigan’s industrial personal
property tax along with other tax reforms.
lobbying groups are concerned that the legislation fails to ensure complete
replacement of lost personal property tax revenues.
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