Special deals allow Detroit to collect hundreds of millions in extra revenue

By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential

While some are pitching a storyline in Detroit of a bankrupt city in need of more revenue, the city already collects hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes that no other city can.

The state allows only Detroit to collect a “utility users’ tax” and a casino “wagering tax” that combined accounted for $221.4 million in revenue in 2012.

Despite that, Gov. Rick Snyder is pitching a $350 million bailout for Detroit. A recent poll shows the bailout to be unpopular among voters, particularly Republicans and independents.

at Michigan Capitol Confidential.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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