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Tax Increase

The town of Livonia, Mich., is not raising taxes. It is, however, suffering a shortfall in revenue, so it plans to charge a 1 percent “administrative fee” to process citizens’ property tax payments. Such a fee is allowed by state law, and many municipalities do it, officials say. But it’s not all bad news for the area: in exchange, the town has said it will stop charging public schools a fee to collect their portion of the taxes, which was costing them about $434,000 per year. (RC/Detroit Free Press) ...Shell games: illegal unless you’re the government.
Original Publication Date: 31 October 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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