Benton Harbor city income tax proposal failed

Benton Harbor, Mich. Voters in Benton Harbor voted against paying more in taxes to help support their struggling city.

The vote failed with a total of 667 "No" votes and 543 "Yes" votes.

The idea for a city income tax was introduced by Commissioner Trenton Bowens earlier this year. Under the proposal, Benton Harbor residents and businesses would have payed a one percent tax. And, those who work in the city would pay half a percent.

Bowens says the move would have actually provided financial relief for residents who just approved two millages in May. But, opponents said it could have drove business out of Benton Harbor.


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