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February 6, 2013

CRC paper helps to understand Detroit Zoo tax dispute

Today, both the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press both reported that nine Wayne County communities were asking for a declaratory judgment to clarify whether they can and/or should be capturing revenues from the Detroit Zoo 0.1 mill tax levy.
A CRC paper released last week explains that the controversy stems from conflicting directions in state laws that a) direct tax increment financing authorities (DDAs, LDFAs, brownfield redevelopment authorities, etc.) to capture revenues from all taxes levied on properties within their districts and b) say that revenues that will be captured must be enumerated in the ballot question that seeks voter authorization to levy a tax.
The CRC paper is available at www.crcmich.org/PUBLICAT/2010s/2013/note201301.html

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Eric Lupher

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Eric has been President of the Citizens Research Council since September of 2014. He has been with the Citizens Research Council since 1987, the first two years as a Lent Upson-Loren Miller Fellow, and since then as a Research Associate and, later, as Director of Local Affairs. Eric has researched such issues as state taxes, state revenue sharing, highway funding, unemployment insurance, economic development incentives, and stadium funding. His recent work focused on local government matters, including intergovernmental cooperation, governance issues, and municipal finance. Eric is a past president of the Governmental Research Association and also served as vice-chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), an advisory body for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), representing the user community on behalf of the Governmental Research Association.

CRC paper helps to understand Detroit Zoo tax dispute

Today, both the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press both reported that nine Wayne County communities were asking for a declaratory judgment to clarify whether they can and/or should be capturing revenues from the Detroit Zoo 0.1 mill tax levy.
A CRC paper released last week explains that the controversy stems from conflicting directions in state laws that a) direct tax increment financing authorities (DDAs, LDFAs, brownfield redevelopment authorities, etc.) to capture revenues from all taxes levied on properties within their districts and b) say that revenues that will be captured must be enumerated in the ballot question that seeks voter authorization to levy a tax.
The CRC paper is available at www.crcmich.org/PUBLICAT/2010s/2013/note201301.html

President

About The Author

Eric Lupher

President

Eric has been President of the Citizens Research Council since September of 2014. He has been with the Citizens Research Council since 1987, the first two years as a Lent Upson-Loren Miller Fellow, and since then as a Research Associate and, later, as Director of Local Affairs. Eric has researched such issues as state taxes, state revenue sharing, highway funding, unemployment insurance, economic development incentives, and stadium funding. His recent work focused on local government matters, including intergovernmental cooperation, governance issues, and municipal finance. Eric is a past president of the Governmental Research Association and also served as vice-chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), an advisory body for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), representing the user community on behalf of the Governmental Research Association.

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