Ann Arbor Area Community News
The role of the Headlee Amendment and Proposal A in Ann Arbor’s fiscal pressures has been a popular topic on this site. Ann Arbor News columnist Judy McGovern, however, won’t tolerate any criticism of Proposal A.
With state government struggling, virtually all counties, cities and townships are under financial pressure. As much as $1 billion in state-shared revenue was taken from municipalities in the last three state budgets. We get it.
McGovern then proceeds to apparently support the idea of new taxes – like “an entertainment or ticket tax” – in order to balance city budgets and prevent service cuts, just before criticizing Council for acting to slow the rate that Headlee pushes down property tax rates, calling the slower decrease a “boost” in the tax rate.
Presumably, all of these positions might exist together in a coherent understanding of local finances, and an awareness of the overall condition of Michigan’s cities, but this doesn’t seem to be such a column.
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