Detroit 2010 census en Dozens of cities could contest 2010 census <p>Detroit is among a group of dozens of cities that could challenge 2010 census numbers according to the <a href="http://Detroit among dozens of cities that could contest 2010 census From The Detroit News:">Associated Press.</a></p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 20:01:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3078 at Dozens of cities could contest 2010 census Snyder to sign Detroit tax and population bills <p>DETROIT (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is preparing to sign bills that will allow the city of Detroit to continue its income tax and utility user tax provisions.</p><p>Snyder is scheduled to sign the bills Thursday.</p><p>The main bill would allow Detroit to continue a 2.5 percent city income tax rate on resident individuals, higher than allowed in other Michigan cities.</p><p>Changes in state law are necessary to continue the tax rates because of Detroit&#39;s declining population.</p><p>Census statistics show that Detroit&#39;s population fell to 713,777 last year. The decline puts Detroit in danger of losing allowances in state law reserved for cities with a population above 750,000.</p><p>The bills to be signed by Snyder would lower the population threshold to 600,000 so Detroit still qualifies for the tax provisions. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 14:42:03 +0000 The Associated Press 2819 at In wake of Detroit's population loss, lawmakers work to prevent revenue loss <p><strong>Update 5:07 p.m.</strong></p><p>The Michigan Public Radio Network&#39;s Laura Weber reports that most Republicans voted against the change, but Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger was not among them.</p><p>He voted for the measure, which passed by a narrow margin:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&quot;I think for a healthy Michigan we have to have a healthy Detroit, so House Republicans put up enough votes for passage and we advance this bill forward today,&quot; said Bolger. &quot;But at the same time, we are certainly concerned about containing their expenses and not looking for additional revenue.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Weber reported that changes to the population requirement now goes to the State Senate, where Democrats hope to have them approved in the next week.</p><p><strong>1:23 p.m.</strong></p><p><a href="">State law</a> stipulates that a city must have a population of at least 750,000 people in order to tax at certain rates.</p><p>In the last census, Detroit&#39;s population fell below that threshold and now stands at 713,777 according to official U.S. Census statistics (that <a href="">number is being challenged</a>).</p><p>The city could stand to lose $100 million if it had to lower it&#39;s income tax rate.</p><p>Losing this much revenue in Detroit would hurt, so lawmakers in Lansing are working to pass <a href=";objectName=2011-HB-4623">legislation </a>that will allow the city to keep taxing at current rates.</p><p>The Michigan State House approved a measure today that would allow the city to continue levying taxes on income and utilities by lowering the population threshold to 600,000.</p><p>The <a href="">Michigan Public Radio Network&#39;s Laura Weber</a> reported on this last night. Weber spoke with State Senator Bert Johnson (D - Detroit) about the bill. From Weber&#39;s report:</p><blockquote><p>He says he thinks that 600,000 is a safe and low-enough number.</p><p>&ldquo;You know, I think Detroit&rsquo;s days of really hemorrhaging people are probably behind us. We&rsquo;ll lose a few more along the way, but not in the significant numbers that we&rsquo;ve seen over the past decade,&rdquo; Johnson said.</p></blockquote><p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said the city would likely face a financial emergency without changes to the law. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 21:07:47 +0000 Mark Brush 2705 at In wake of Detroit's population loss, lawmakers work to prevent revenue loss Census officials: Successful challenge a longshot <p>Officials with the <a href="">U.S. Census Bureau </a>warned Detroit City Council members today that challenges to the ten-year Census results are rarely successful.</p><p>Detroit is hoping to add 36,000 people to its total. But in 2000, only 2,700 people were added to the rolls after all challenges in the country were complete. That&rsquo;s 2,700 people in a nation of 281 million people.</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 20:16:35 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1995 at Census officials: Successful challenge a longshot Bing plans to challenge Detroit census numbers <pre> Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he <a href="">wants a recount</a> of Detroit&rsquo;s 2010 census numbers. That data shows the city with its smallest population since 1910. </pre> <pre> Bing says he thinks census numbers that fix Detroit&rsquo;s population at just under 714,000 are wrong. </pre> <pre> &nbsp;Bing says a recount could turn up as many as 40,000 more residents. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 23:52:44 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 1751 at Bing plans to challenge Detroit census numbers