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Wed January 25, 2012
Report: Detroit could lose $8.5M in income tax
A published report says state law requires the cash-strapped city of Detroit to cut its income tax rates starting July 1 unless the Legislature steps in.
The Detroit Free Press reports Wednesday the requirement is from a 1998 law that was part of a deal to preserve a state revenue-sharing payment and would total about $8.5 million.
The newspaper cited an analysis from the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan.
Detroit sought a waiver from a state administrative board in December but was denied. Mayor Dave Bing says he will seek legislative help again because the city needs to keep "every
dollar" it can get.
A state-appointed review team is working to determine whether a financial emergency exists in Detroit, a step that could lead to an emergency manager.