Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb 25. 2014
Michigan Municipal League Supports New Personal Property Tax Proposal
PPT Plan Solidifies the Reimbursement Amounts for Communities
LANSING, MI –A plan to reform Michigan’s personal property tax (PPT) now has the support of the Michigan Municipal League. The plan, expected to be introduced in the state Legislature Tuesday (Feb. 25, 2014) in the form of a 10-bill package, addresses the major concerns the League had with the PPT reform law approved in late 2012.
“Hundreds of Michigan communities rely on the personal property tax as a regular revenue source to support essential services, such as police and fire protection, road maintenance and infrastructure improvements,” said Michigan Municipal League President Jacqueline Noonan, mayor of Utica. “From the very beginning of this effort, the League has maintained that reforming the PPT was a worthy public policy goal. But we’ve consistently sought 100-percent replacement of the PPT revenue. These bills do that. This is very good news for Michigan’s communities.”
League staff and League members attended a news conference Tuesday morning along with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to announce the 10-bill package. Speaking on behalf of the League at the event were Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly, a member of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees, and Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra. Also attending the event were Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin.
The League is especially pleased that the bills call for a much more stable reimbursement mechanism, said Samantha Harkins, director of state affairs for the League.
“It solidifies the reimbursement amounts in statute and does not require the dollars to go through the annual appropriations process,” Harkins said. “Getting that commitment is significant for our member communities.”
Harkins explained the PPT package represents months of work by League staff and members. In December of 2012, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law to phase out the PPT on industrial machinery and other business equipment for certain properties. At the time, the League took a neutral position on the law due to the many concerns League member communities had with it.
With these changes, the League now supports the PPT plan and a related ballot question expected to go to voters in August, Harkins said.
The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.