Boaters Could Pay More In Taxes

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

Michigan is one of the nation's top boating destinations. Millions of dollars are made each year on summer tourism but marina employees are worried that could be in jeopardy.

As part of the state's effort to raise revenue boating services like storage, docking, and even repairs could be taxed.

"An extra tax is going to be detrimental to it."

Chris Stevens is the General Manager of Grand Pointe Marina in Dimondale. He says the recreation industry has drastically declined over the past few years. That's why he's hoping legislators will look elsewhere.

"Boating in huge in Michigan," he said. "Everybody loves to do it. It's a good thing to do with your family. As much as the state can do to keep it affordable for everyone...everybody needs that."

The tax would fall under the luxury tax proposal which targets event tickets and some recreational activities. It could be as much as six percent across the board. Greg Bird of the State Budget Office says the boating tax is just one option being considered.

"We're very open to any ideas."

Bird says the Governor's proposed two penny tax, shot down by the Senate, would have been less of a burden. But he adds they still need money to balance the budget.

"We need to have that revenue in order to preserve and enhance some of the critical services we want here in Michigan."

Services like education and public safety. Legislators are scheduled to return to work next week and are expected to begin tackling the state's budget crisis.

Marina owners say if the tax passes, they would be forced to pass the cost onto consumers. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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