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.

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  • by Jim Location: Dimondale on Jul 13, 2007 at 09:11 PM
    Ok, we buy our boat and pay a sales tax, we register our boat and pay a fee (tax), we register our boat trailer and pay a fee (tax), we launch our boat and pay a fee, we stay at the state park if we can afford it and pay a park sticker fee plus rent a lot for a fee, we buy a camper or such and pay many fees and taxes, we buy required safety item for our boat and pay sales taxes, we buy toys to go with our boat pay sales taxes, we buy a fishing license (fee/tax), don't forget those two free fishing weekends, WOW! even though we already paid for our fishing license, we buy gas for our boat and pay taxes, we need a car or truck to tow our boat so we have many more taxes and registration fees. Do I really need to keep going? Can you see a pattern here? NO MORE TAXES. BUT, we have a new business tax now. How exciting. This should fix all those BAD businesses that are doing well and have employees that make enough money to buy a boat and pay taxes. Shouldn't take too long to make them follow the manufacturers out of the state. Tommy in Jackson you said it well!
  • by Tommy Location: Jackson on Jul 12, 2007 at 06:55 AM
    This is the smartest thing I have ever heard. Let’s tax everything. This way we as taxpayers can't afford to go places, (you know like the campgrounds they want to close) so then we can get second jobs so we can pay new taxes so there will be enough funds in the pot for legislators to vote themselves a big pay raise. Second jobs, heck people can’t find first ones. Oh that’s right our wonderful governor is going abroad for a family vacation, I am sorry I mean to look for business to come to Michigan. What we need to do is have legislators taxed for their stupid ideas, then there might be funds for things.
  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Jul 11, 2007 at 08:04 PM
    Are they afraid to say Tax instead of revenue?
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