Benton Harbor City Commissioners circulate petitions to put special assessment on ballot

Petitions are circulating around the city of Benton Harbor.

City commissioners are working to gather enough signatures to stall the proposed special tax assessment.

Monday night Benton Harbor city commissioners gathered to discuss the special assessment.

It's one of three options EFM Joseph Harris proposed to make up for the million dollar shortfall the city faces when two millages were not renewed in November.

“I think he is using the scare tactic of bankruptcy or of the city of Benton Harbor losing their police department to frighten the residents into making a decision that would not be fiscally responsible,” says City Commissioner Marcus Muhammad.

In order to place to proposal on a referendum, 10 percent of property owners in the city must sign a petition.

City commissioners hope to have enough signatures by next week at the next and final public hearing.

The special assessment would be an additional tax for up to ten years for 20 mills.

500 signatures are needed.

The public hearing with the EFM is set for Monday at 6 pm at the Business Growth Center at 200 Paw Paw in Benton Harbor.

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