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Today’s Ann Arbor News has two articles on the proposed income tax (see previous coverage on AU), one discussing mostly negative reactions from commuters and residents, the other mostly negative reactions from the business community.
An estimated 68,500 commuters will head into the city each day to work by 2005 and would be affected by an income tax.
Leigh Greden is the only Councilmember cited in either article, and seems to see a completely different rationale for the tax than the News does.
Council Member Leigh Greden, D-3rd Ward, said an income tax is worthy of consideration for reasons other than raising money.
“If I decide to support an income tax, the goal would not be to raise revenue. The goal would be to shift the tax burden off of Ann Arbor taxpayers, and onto commuters,” he said. “When you have over 60,000 people driving in and out of the city every day, it costs Ann Arbor taxpayers money in roads, police and other services.”
Commuters quoted in the article challenge Greden’s assertion that they are a net drain on the city,
Beveridge said she doesn’t agree that commuters don’t contribute their fair share to the city.
Business owners predict that the income tax will hinder relocation of businesses to Ann Arbor and hiring for those already here,
“It’s an environment where wages are basically flat, and this is a pay cut,” said John Edwards, president of Edwards Brothers Inc. Four hundred of the 500 workers at the book printer commute to their jobs in Ann Arbor. “Anything that results in a pay cut to employees, it puts me at a distinct disadvantage to my competitors,” he said.
For more on the State revenue sharing cuts mentioned, see AU post $440m State deficit looming.
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