Meeting held to discuss Proposal 1

Proposal 1 would increase Michiganâ??s sales tax to give additional funding to Michiganâ??s highways and roads.

An informational meeting was held on Wednesday at the Hagerty Center in Grand Traverse County to clarify Proposal 1.

More than 50 people came out for the presentation put on by Networks Northwest and Traverse City Area Transportation and Land Use Study.

Bob Schneider with Citizens Research Council of Michigan broke down the details of Prop 1. At the end of the presentation, people had the chance to ask questions.

Proposal 1 would increase sales tax from six to seven percent in order to generate more than $1.2 billion annually for Michigan's highways and roads, which is in addition to the money already going to fund the roads.

"As it stands right now, this is the only proposal on the table,â?? said Matt Skeels, Coordinator at Traverse City Area Transportation and Land Use Study. â??If this doesn't pass, the legislature's going to have to go back to work and figure something out because I think everybody agrees the roads are in pretty bad condition. From what I heard, people agree that there's more money needed, they just disagree on exactly how to get that money to the roads."

Proposal 1 is set to appear on the May 5th ballot.

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