Detroit population en Bills would address Detroit's dwindling population <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The city of Detroit could continue charging a higher income tax rate than other Michigan cities under terms of legislation pending in the state House.</p><p>The bills that could come up for votes Wednesday also would affect utility user tax rates in Michigan&#39;s largest city.</p><p>Detroit likely needs changes in state law to keep some of its current tax rates because it is losing population. Census statistics show that the Motor City&#39;s population fell from 951,270 in 2000 to 713,777 last year.</p><p>Current state law allows higher personal income tax rates in cities with at least 750,000 people, affecting only Detroit. The law would have to change now that Detroit&#39;s population has dipped<br />below that 750,000 mark.</p><p>Detroit now charges an income tax rate of 2.5 percent for residents. Tue, 31 May 2011 21:04:43 +0000 The Associated Press 2696 at Bills would address Detroit's dwindling population 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