Proposal would restore tax revenue for Michigan communities

Feb 26, 2014

Fowler says that there are no more tax incentives for companies relocating to Michigan, but as former tax credits expire, it creates revenue in the state.
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Fourteen months ago, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation eliminating the state personal property tax levied on business equipment. The move was heralded as welcome change by business owners who said the tax put them at a competitive disadvantage and inhibited job growth. However, local governments are worried about how they will replace the revenue that kept their vital services running. Now, a series of bills introduced this week in the Michigan Senate seeks to preserve that funding.

Michigan’s personal property tax was a thorn in the side of businesses, particularly small companies, for decades. It had been around for more than a century before the phase out began in 2012. It was viewed as an antiquated system, but more practically, it was bringing in less and less revenue in the last few years. Now, there are ten separate bills in the state Senate that sponsors say will completely replace the personal property tax revenue.

Current State’s Kevin Lavery speaks with Rob Fowler, the president and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, and he explains where the replacement funding will come from.