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Proposal 1: What a “NO” Vote Could Do to Your Community

A “NO” Vote on Proposal 1 and failure to pass Proposal 1 would hurt Michigan communities and Michigan small businesses. It would mean:

  • Michigan communities lose by having to go back to depending on an unreliable revenue stream for essential services like fire, police, ambulances, jails, and schools – plus other valuable local community services, including senior centers, parks and libraries.
  • Michigan businesses lose by having to go back to paying the antiquated unfair double tax that keeps them from investing and creating jobs.
  • Many community leaders across the state fear that if Proposal 1 fails in August, the legislature could still eliminate the PPT, but not reimburse local communities for that lost revenue.

Use our Community Impact Calculator to see what the impact of a “NO” vote on Proposal 1 could be to your community. We’ll also add you to our campaign email list for news and updates on Proposal 1 before the August 5 primary:

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WHAT A “YES” VOTE ON PROPOSAL 1 COULD DO
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A YES vote on Proposal 1 fixes two important problems – an antiquated, unfair double tax on local small businesses and an unreliable revenue stream for local communities — with a solution that won’t increase anyone’s taxes.

Eliminating the Personal Property Tax (PPT) and replacing 100 percent of the estimated lost revenues to communities is a win-win-win for Michigan:

  • Michigan communities win because the unreliable revenue from the PPT is replaced at the same level every year, without going to the legislature and fighting for appropriations. That means essential services like fire, police, ambulances, jails, and schools – plus other valuable local community services, including senior centers, parks and libraries – will continue to be funded at the same level the PPT provides.
  • Michigan businesses win because their equipment is no longer unfairly hit with a never-ending tax; and;
  • Michigan taxpayers win because the solution doesn’t increase anyone’s taxes.

Learn more about how Proposal 1 solves two problems for Michigan without raising anyone’s taxes.

Michigan Citizens for Strong and Safe Communities strongly urges you to VOTE YES on Proposal 1: keep your community strong and safe.

Sources for Data Used in Calculator:

1. Police officer compensation estimate provided by the Michigan Municipal League (MML) and based on its 2013 statewide survey. Data was collected from  137 Michigan communities who submitted wages for the police officer positions in MML’s statewide survey. Salaries reported in annual figures are based on a 2,080 hour year and an average total compensation of $29.02/hr (wages + benefits).

2. Firefighter compensation estimate provided by the Michigan Municipal League (MML) and based on its 2013 statewide survey. Data was collected from  30 Michigan communities who submitted wages for the firefighter positions in MML’s statewide survey. Salaries reported in annual figures are based on a 2,080 hour year and an average total compensation of $21.99/hr (wages + benefits).

3. The average cost of a Meals on Wheels home-delivered senior meal is $7, according to the Meals on Wheels Association of America.

Data used in this calculator to show the Personal Property Tax (PPT) impact to each Michigan community was compiled by the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Association of Counties based on 2010 Michigan Department of Treasury information. The calculator will be updated in a reasonable manner as new PPT data becomes available to the public.  The calculated results are based on the total PPT (industrial, commercial & utility) revenue provided to each community in 2010. Proposal 1 does not affect utility personal property – outcome and results will vary. When calculating, employee values are rounded up to “one or fewer” when a community’s PPT revenue would be less than one year’s compensation for a police officer or firefighter.