Lansing Business Owners Divided on Property Tax Millage

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

Deb Muchmore of Lansing communications firm Marketing Resource Group says now is the wrong time for a millage increase.

Obviously we're going through difficult economic conditions, and we think there are probably some better options for raising revenue and saving costs before another tax on business gets instituted," said Muchmore.

Lansing's Regional Chamber of Commerce is opposed to the proposed 4 mills property tax increase on the city's May 3rd ballot.

Meanwhile, Mayor Virg Bernero spent Monday night going door-to-door trying to drum up support for the millage. He says the opposition from the Chamber of Commerce isn't surprising.

"I look at it more as a reflexive chamber position," said Bernero. "I don't take it personally and I think we'll be able to overcome it."

Not every business owner is opposed to the millage.

Mark Rantz, owner of Zoup restaurant in downtown Lansing, says he doesn't mind paying a little more in property taxes if it preserves city services.

"It's really necessary," said Rantz. "At this stage with all of the city's growth and development, I think it would be a shame to have to cut in so many areas police protection, fire service."

The millage vote is on May 3rd.


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