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2011 House Bill 4624: Let Detroit keep imposing higher utility tax

Public Act 57 of 2011

  1. Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on May 10, 2011, to allow Detroit to continue to impose a 5 percent utility tax on telephone service, natural gas and electricity. This is one of many laws that provides unique privileges or powers for "a city with a population greater than 750,000." The bill would lower that to 600,000 to accommodate Detroit's ongoing population decline.
    • Referred to the House Tax Policy Committee on May 10, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on May 25, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on May 26, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 26, 2011.
  2. Passed 57 to 52 in the House on June 1, 2011, to allow Detroit to continue to uniquely impose an income tax of 5 percent utility tax on telephone service, natural gas and electricity. This is one of many laws that provides unique privileges or powers for "a city with a population greater than 750,000." The bill would lower that to 600,000 to accommodate Detroit's ongoing population decline.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on June 7, 2011.
  4. Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on June 7, 2011, to allow Detroit to continue to uniquely impose an income tax of 5 percent utility tax on telephone service, natural gas and electricity. This is one of many laws that provides unique privileges or powers for "a city with a population greater than 750,000." The bill would lower that to 600,000 to accommodate Detroit's ongoing population decline.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 9, 2011.

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