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SBAM TO POLITICIANS: DON'T EXCLUDE BUSINESSES FROM PROPERTY TAX RELIEF PROPOSALS

 LANSING, Mich., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) announced today it will not support any property tax proposal which does not specifically offer relief for businesses.
 SBAM is sending letters outlining its position to Gov. John Engler and each of the 110 members of the House.
 "We're concerned about the unfortunate twist included in the property tax plan reported last week by the House Taxation Committee which ignores the tax burdens facing Michigan's job providers in small businesses," said Gary M. Woodbury, SBAM president.
 Woodbury urged Gov. Engler to "... use the power of your office to send a strong message to the Michigan House of Representatives that any plan for property tax reduction must include equal relief for all classes of property."
 "With the exodus of many large manufacturing jobs, it is becoming increasingly clear that Michigan must do everything within its power to reduce the cost of doing business here. Property taxes are out of line with our neighboring states and put Michigan at a competitive disadvantage," Woodbury wrote.
 In a companion letter sent to each representative, Barry Cargill, SBAM's vice president of government relations, explained: "Small businesses pay income tax and sales tax. Unlike residential property, they also pay property tax on personal property. Combined with numerous government regulations, small business is plagued with a grossly disproportionate tax burden. Seldom is a small business able to qualify for PA 198 property tax abatements commonly used by large businesses ... If small business is to continue to create jobs and help Michigan to return to prosperity Legislators must do all they can to reduce the tax and regulatory burden."
 The Small Business Association of Michigan represents more than 6,100 small business owners and employers throughout the state.
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 /CONTACT: Dennis L. Larson of the Small Business Association of Michigan, 517-482-8788 or 800-362-5461/


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