Simply stated, there's mistrust among those who don't want Tuesday's income tax increase in Grand Rapids to be extended.
Grand Rapids Taxpayers Association President Mike Farage told WOOD Radio he doesn't believe the money an increase would raise is going to cover street and sidewalk improvements. "The legacy costs are exactly $150 million from pensions, that's going to be the amount the city will be in debt. This new tax, supposedly designated for roads comes to that specific amount." Farage cites a comprehensive roads plan report on the State of Michigan website that presents figures in line with what the city has in pension obligations.
Farage told WOOD Radio they believe their message and concerns are picking up momentum ahead of Tuesday's vote. "I know what we're up against, but we have some dedicated, very hard working people that we've not seen before. Not only in talking to people that are going to vote, but being very supportive."