Michigan Townships Association supports a 'YES' vote on Proposal 1

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Voting 'YES' on Proposal 1 on Aug. 5 benefits all of Michigan

The Michigan Townships Association (MTA) today expressed its strong support once again for Proposal 1, which is on ballots across Michigan on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

“MTA urges all voters to vote ‘YES' on Proposal 1 this Tuesday,” said MTA’s Executive Director Larry Merrill.  “A 'Yes' vote on Proposal 1 will ensure that townships and other local governments receive replacement revenue when the personal property tax (PPT) is phased out. This proposal benefits both local government and business.

Passage of Proposal 1—sometimes referred to as Proposal 14-1—will provide personal property tax (PPT) reform for manufacturers and small businesses and dedicate funding for lost local revenues. Local units of government are the primary beneficiaries of the PPT revenue and rely on the money to help fund services like police, fire and ambulance. Proposal 1 will provide a more stable revenue base for local governments for these and other services.

Proposal 1 does not increase taxes. It is paid for by dedicating additional state revenue resulting from special corporate tax breaks that the Legislature has already voted to end, by establishing a special statewide Essential Services Assessment paid only by those manufacturers who receive a personal property tax reduction, and dedicating a portion of the use tax that is collected by the state.

In addition to MTA, Proposal 1 is supported by other leading organizations that represent more than 2.3 million Michiganders. Proposal 1 is also supported by newspapers across the state that have editorialized in favor of the proposal. For a full list of supporters, and to learn more about Proposal 1, visit www.StrongAndSafeCommunities.com

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