Flint to buy state data to hunt for tax dodgers

Feb 2, 2013

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Flint is spending money to collect more money.

The city wants to know if some residents haven't filed city tax returns. It will spend $11,000 to get state tax data to determine if there are people who haven't paid the local income tax.

City spokesman Jason Lorenz tells The Flint Journal that similar efforts in the past have produced at least $300,000. The newspaper says income tax paid by residents and non-residents who work in Flint is the city's largest source of revenue. Property tax revenue has declined, and aid from Lansing has also dropped.

Flint is operating under an emergency financial manager, Ed Kurtz. He says the city is on track to have a balanced budget this year.

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