Stories indexed with the term ‘economic development tax’

County Tax for Econ Dev Gets Initial Approval

On a 7-3 vote, Washtenaw County commissioners gave initial approval to authorize the levy of 0.05 mills in December 2011 for support of economic development and agriculture. The vote was taken at their Sept. 7, 2011 meeting and will be followed by a final vote on Sept. 21. Voting against the millage were Alicia Ping, Wes Prater and Dan Smith. Ronnie Peterson was absent.

The anticipated $688,913 in millage proceeds will be allocated to several local entities: Ann Arbor SPARK ($230,000), SPARK East ($50,000), the county’s dept. of community & economic development ($131,149), Eastern Leaders Group ($100,000), promotion of heritage tourism ($65,264), Food System Economic Partnership (FSEP – $15,000), Washtenaw 4-H ($82,500) and Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show ($15,000).

The millage – … [Full Story]

DDA to County: Levy Econ Dev Tax

At its Sept. 7, 2011 meeting, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority board passed a resolution urging the Washtenaw County board of commissioners to use Act 88 of 1913 to levy a tax to support economic development in the county. A public hearing on the tax is scheduled for the county board’s meeting tonight.

At its Aug. 15 meeting, the Ann Arbor city council passed a similar measure urging county commissioners to levy the tax.

For the last two years, the county board has levied the tax – at a rate of 0.043 mill. (One mill is $1 for every $1,000 of a property’s taxable value.) Because Act 88 predates the state’s Headlee legislation, the county board does not need to put the issue before voters … [Full Story]