The following letter is from Michigan Municipal League President Jacqueline Noonan, mayor of Utica, to League members. Noonan urges her fellow League members to support Proposal 1 on the Aug. 5, 2014 statewide ballot:
The Michigan Municipal League needs your help in supporting Proposal 1 on the August 5, 2014 ballot. This is the proposal that completes the reform of the Personal Property Tax (PPT) and represents months of negotiations and work by the League on behalf of our member communities. This proposal does NOT RAISE TAXES, but it does provide a more stable revenue source for community services, such as police and fire protection, roads, schools, libraries and other essential programs.
The League, as part of the Strong & Safe Communities coalition, encourages all member communities to join us in endorsing this proposal by taking the following steps:
1. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Four sample letters can be found here.
2. Have your council/commission/board pass a resolution in support of Proposal 1. A sample resolution is available here. Check out the other communities that have already passed resolutions here. (It’s important to note that it is legal for local government bodies to approve resolutions in support of ballot issues as long as no public tax dollars are expended. So resolutions are OK.)
3. Sign up to receive campaign email alerts at www.StrongAndSafeCommunities.com.
Again, we encourage our members to support the full replacement of PPT dollars with a significantly more stable reimbursement mechanism by voting “yes” on Proposal 1 on the August 5, 2014 ballot. If you have any questions about this ballot proposal please contact the League’s Samantha Harkins at email@example.com and (517) 908-0306.
Thank you for your help with this.
President Michigan Municipal League
Mayor of Utica