Thursday May 15, 2014

Former Attorney General Frank Kelley endorses Aug. 5 ballot proposal

LANSING, Mich. – Former Michigan Attorney General Frank J. Kelley today said he supports the Aug. 5 statewide ballot proposal to ensure funding for local services and reform the business taxes that pay for them.

“I am voting yes because I believe this proposal will stimulate business investments,” Kelley said.

The proposal is the result of a long-term, bipartisan legislative effort to help local businesses by reforming the Personal Property Tax, while making sure local governments have the funding they need for vital services. Voter approval of the reforms is needed because they involve tax changes.

“Democrats, Republicans, business and labor are all backing the proposal because it helps small businesses and it will fund local services like police, fire, ambulances, jails, roads, schools, parks and libraries,” Kelley said.

“Sadly, gridlock has too often held up progress in our government,” Kelley stated.   “With regard to partisanship, there has been good cooperation between the parties for the various interests.”

For more than a century, Michigan has unfairly double-taxed local small businesses and taxed manufacturers with a Personal Property Tax on equipment. Small businesses pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax on equipment and then pay personal property taxes on that equipment every year after.

The proposal guarantees that 100 percent of estimated lost funding for local services will be returned to Michigan communities for police, fire, ambulances, jails, schools, roads, libraries and other services. The funding is specifically dedicated for local community services, eliminating the uncertainty and politics of annual state budget battles.

Michigan Citizens for Strong and Safe Communities is a bipartisan coalition representing tens of thousands of Michiganders from across the state committed to eliminating the unfair double tax on local small businesses while providing more stable funding for local services, including police, fire, ambulances, schools, jails, libraries and roads. Members include representatives from local government, small business, labor, education, law enforcement, and other state and local leaders. To learn more, please visit www.strongandsafecommunities.com.