Under Michigan law, cities receive revenue to help pay for services such as police and fire, roads and infrastructure. For most cities, approximately 75% of their revenue comes from property taxes and revenue sharing.

From 2003-2013, Michigan’s sales tax revenues grew from $6.6 Billion to $7.72 Billion, yet the State has failed to take steps to restore revenue sharing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Michigan is the only state in the country providing fewer economic resources to its cities in 2012 than it did in 2002.

This decline in revenue sharing, combined with increased pension costs and a decline in property tax collection, has caused financial hardship for every city in District 1.

Since 2005:

  • Grosse Pointe Shores has lost $828,109

  • Grosse Pointe Woods has lost $5.47 million

  • Harper Woods has lost $5.82 million

  • Detroit has lost a staggering $827.7 million

As District 1's next Representative in Lansing, I will fight to ensure that District 1's communities get their funding.