Would public transit benefit Southeast Michigan? That’s the easy question. How to pay for it? That’s complicated.

In a nutshell: In Michigan, all types of local government levy property taxes to fund services. Many communities in Southeast Michigan are already levying property taxes at high rates, limiting the usefulness of the property tax as a funding source for re...

Diversify Detroit’s Tax Structure to Lower the City’s High Property Tax Rate

In a nutshell: Detroit has the most diversified local tax structure in the state with exclusive access to higher tax rates and more tax options. Despite this diversified tax structure, Detroit levies property taxes at high rates compared to other cities i...

Problems with the Local Government Fiscal Structure – Is Regional Service Delivery the Solution?

In a nutshell: The local government fiscal structure is plagued by a number of problems; chief among them is inefficiency that results from the fact that the majority of services are delivered at the most local level of government (i.e., city and township...