Detroit Mayor Dave Bing made an unannounced visit to the state capitol today where he asked senators to pass legislation to freeze the city income tax at 2.4%.
Mayor Bing told FOX 2 News political reporter Tim Skubick that the meeting went well but he would have to wait 48 hours to see what the senate will do. "They have to regroup and have internal conversations," the Mayor explains.
For his part the senate GOP leader Randy Richardville said he would pitch the idea to his caucus but he was unsure if the votes would be there.
In July the city's income tax rate dropped to 2.4% for residents and 1.2% for non-residents as part of a 1998 deal between the city and the state. The agreement stated that the city would reduce its income taxes in exchange for revenue sharing with the state for a period of ten years.
That move lowered revenue for the city by an estimated $8.5 million a year.
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