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3:49 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Washtenaw County Economic Development Millage Increased, Faces Potential Challenge

Washtenaw County is increasing a tax for economic development and agriculture, but is likely also facing a lawsuit over the tax. 

The County Commissioners voted seven to one last night to levy a .07 mill public act 88 tax. 

Bill McMaster is the chair of Taxpayers United and served as director for the Headlee Amendment campaign in 1978.  McMaster says the tax is unconstitutional because it wasn't approved by voters.

County officials however say voter approval isn't needed because the act is from 1913, well before the Headlee Amendment was approved.  They say the state legislature recently reviewed Act 88 and didn't change it.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Washtenaw County's Economic Development tax increase and the likely lawsuit over the issue.