Two news articles discussing more effects of further cuts due to Tax Tribunal rulings AND more new legislation introduced this time by State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced House Bill 4681. I will roll all of these new developments into this latest post. Here we go:
1. PWPL addresses budget shortfall – Marquette MIning Journal [June 5, 2015] reports: “The Peter White Public Library is anticipating more budget cuts as a result of new and ongoing repayments to local governments for recent Michigan Tax Tribunal decisions and stipulation agreements.” Pam Christensen informed that the library Board of Directors will address and upcoming $100K shortfall from next year’s budget. The meeting is June 17 in the library….stay tuned!
2. Across another part of the UP the Verso appeals taxable value of Quinnesec Mill was also reported in Marquette Mining Journal [June 5, 2015]. Verso Paper Corp. has a petition now on file at the MI Tax Tribunal asking for a reduction of the current $48.5M down to $15M…another big a bit out of the Breitung Township budget again affecting bottom lines of Twp services. The article mentions that Memphis, TN based Verso is represented by the highly successful attorneys from the Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn, LLP group. This group was successful in getting tax repeals in the Lowe’s case against Marquette Twp.
3. State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced House Bill 4681.“So far, the Upper Peninsula has felt the pain of darkstores more than other regions around the state due to our small population, but that could change,” said Dianda. “I hope my colleagues downstate take action on the darkstore issue quickly, because it is coming soon to a community near them.”
4. OK, make that 4 items, not 3 — One more article to add perspective for those across MI: The Big Box Bite [The Herald Palladium, Benton Harbor 11-16-14] – informs that no county is free of these big companies nibbling away at local control of their own budgets through erosion of Property Taxes…very interesting perspective. Contact your local Reps & Senators to get them on board with this serious issue.
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