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Should A2 institute an income tax?

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As soon as we published Tuesday’s ANNthology, we started getting responses to WEMU’s (and Mary Morgan’s) item on a proposed income tax for Ann Arbor:


I have lived in Ann Arbor since 1988 and have resided in the northeast corner of Ann Arbor. As an Ann Arbor resident, I have paid an extremely high property tax to support Ann Arbor in many ways. However, the people who work in Ann Arbor but don’t live in Ann Arbor have benefited from Ann Arbor residents’ expense. I disagree Ann Arbor residents should pay any additional income tax to support those non-Ann Arbor residents. However, it would be fair to add income tax to those people who work in Ann Arbor to make high wages and enjoy the beautiful city activities and facilities, but get it for free.  Please think of Ann Arbor citizens! 

Hsiao-Yun Hwang-Pang


No, no, no, this city is expensive enough for those who live in town and for those who come in for work. Parking alone for those folks is bad. Not Chicago bad, but getting close! Also, won’t it discourage companies from wanting to set up business here? I say the return for the city is not worth the pain.

Sarah Okuyama


I would like to see an income tax. Much fairer than property tax. We have to find a way to help nonresidents and tax corporations who avoid showing a profit.

David Lamoreaux


No matter how you present it, a city income tax is a way of moving the tax burden from relatively wealthy Ann Arbor residents to less wealthy, and downright poor, people who come here every day to work in the low paying jobs Ann Arbor residents don’t want.

Every time this has been proposed, for the last 30 years, studies have shown this. As time goes by, and Ann Arbor gets wealthier and the surrounding areas get poorer (relatively), the effect becomes more pronounced.

How Democrats can support, let alone propose this, is beyond me.

Bob Elton

P.S.: The income tax, as proposed, would save me quite a bit of money. It’s the unfairness of it that bothers me.

Jim McBee

Founding partner, creative director and ink-stained wretch with The Ann magazine.

1 Comment

  1. Thomas Siterlet

    September 13, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    If they lower the property taxes of residents to balance it, that would be great -we’d be getting a piece of all that UM $$$$$$$ !!!!!!

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