Vote no on Prop 14-1

On August 5th we’ll be asked to vote on personal property tax reform. Although this reform purports to give money to the local government, it actually takes away the local taxing authority and centralizes decision-making.
Jun 25, 2014

 

The Community Stabilization Authority will add more bureaucracy. Michigan needs less government centralization and bureaucracy, not more. We need local control and funding of our fire, police, ambulance and jails, not a Big Brother telling us what we can afford.

There are a few good things in this bill, like eliminating the tax on manufacturing equipment and allowing business tax credits to expire. However, those benefits don’t outweigh the theft of local control by an ever-expanding state government.

Michigan and the Federal Government have an abysmal record of giving promised money back to the local governments and individuals. The federal government, for example, kept “borrowing” money from the social security trust fund and never paid it back. So, the social security fund will be in trouble.  Our schools are suffering, because the state doesn’t fund them as it promised when it limited the taxing authority of school boards.

There are advantages for business and the one percent in this reform, but our local communities lose the power of self-determination, and the state is unlikely to live up to its obligations in the long run.

Please vote NO on Proposal 14-1.

Tom Donahue, Grand Haven

 

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