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Voters will get their say on Michigan's Personal Property Tax August 5

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Michigan voters will have a chance to drive the final nail into the coffin of the state’s  Personal Property tax this summer. The Board of State Canvassers today designated the PPT question as Proposal 1 on the August 5 ballot. It will be the only statewide question on the ballot.  

Businesses pay the tax based on the value of their equipment and other assets. Many Michigan communities rely on the tax revenues to pay for basic city services.

State lawmakers already voted to repeal the tax and replace the revenues local governments would lose with a portion of the state's use tax.

But voters have to approve the change for it to take effect.

Tim Dye is the spokesman for the Michigan Citizens for Strong and Safe Communities, the group backing the ballot question.

“It has been in the works for a while,” says Dye. “But this ballot proposal is required … voters must approve the change in taxation as how our local communities are funded.”

The ballot language could confuse some voters.  Backers of the measure plan a grassroots effort ahead of the August 5 election to explain the change. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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