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Tue March 1, 2011
Flint wants - but may not get - permission to ask for city tax increase
Flint’s state representatives could introduce a bill that would permit the city to ask Flint residents to approve an increase in the city income tax.
The city faces a deficit of more than $17-million. Representative Woodrow Stanley says there aren’t many other options. Flint can’t turn to a cash-strapped state for help.
"As a matter of fact, about 8.1 million dollars is being proposed to be cut from Flint’s revenue sharing," says Stanley.
But Stanley says getting such a bill passed will be an uphill battle, because of strong anti-tax sentiment among Republicans in the state House.