Lansing Township, which lies within Ingham County, has generated a majority of its revenue from property taxes paid by residents and business in the area since 2015. According to the 2016 Municipal Finance Summary, Lansing Township had a total of $14,753,216 to allocate throughout all departments in the community. Michigan State University economics professor Ronald Fisher, who has reviewed Lansing Township’s expenditures before, says the expenditures shows a large portion of a loan that needs to be paid back. “From what I see, the township has a high fraction in debt which is larger than normal,” Fisher said. “This one is a special case.
By YANJIE WANG
Capital News Service
LANSING — Nonprofit organizations that safeguard land and habitat in Southeast Michigan are worried about a proposal that could tax their preserves. A proposal by Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, would require land conservancies to pay property taxes if they restrict access to the public, including access for motorized and non-motorized vehicles. In the draft bill, motorized recreational activities could be limited to designated trails, however. The idea creates concern among people who are responsible for managing land conservancies. Leo Dorr, the treasurer of the Lapeer Land Conservancy, said he is worried about negative effects on the work, conservation and ecology of his organization and properties.
By XINJUAN DENG
Capital News Service
LANSING – Debates about taxes on pensions and the middle class continue to rage in the Capitol with different groups disputing their fairness. In the run-up to November’s House election, Democrats are attacking changes by the Republican-led Legislature that they say punish middle-class families, including a pension tax, reduced homestead property tax credit, reduced Earned Income Tax Credit and elimination of the $600 per child deduction. But Gov. Rick Snyder said, “It is important to leave retirement pensions as they are for our citizens age 67 and older. We are able to move forward with a revised plan that still adheres to the principles I laid out with my budget and tax initiatives, will create jobs and protect the safety net for Michigan families.”
And Ari Adler, press secretary to House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, said the Republicans are trying to reset the system to achieve fairness. “That’s why there are no pension exemptions until age 67,” Adler said.
By Alyssa Firth and Molly Cassidy
Meridian Times staff writers
Feb. 14 is a day to express love and send out Valentines, but Meridian Township would like its Valentine’s Day love expressed in the form of a check. Due twice a year, residents and business owners across Michigan pay taxes towards a variety of services in their communities such as libraries, K-12 schools and community colleges, roads, transportation systems and public services.
“Last year, 94 percent of our taxes were paid on time and in full,” Meridian Township Treasurer Julie Brixie said. “Sixty-five percent of people have paid as of today (Feb.