MI Lawmakers Delay Property Tax Vote

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The debate over legislation that would move up the collection date for county property taxes will continue next week.

The state House voted on the bill Wednesday, but closed the voting board without tallying votes after it appeared the measure would fall far short of the 55 needed.

The House is expected to reconsider it next week.

The Senate passed the bill last week, and Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm has warned the entire budget for the fiscal year that starts in two weeks could be in jeopardy without shifting the date county property taxes are paid. The tax shift would save the state from having to give counties $182 million and is considered a key piece to balancing the $39.7 billion state budget.

Some lawmakers said the aborted vote Wednesday was not surprising and expect progress before the budget year starts Oct. 1.