East Lansing residents, employees worry about proposed city income tax

Posted at 7:14 AM, Sep 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-12 09:07:09-04

People gathered at Bell's Greek Pizza Monday afternoon to call on city leaders to take a proposed income tax off the November ballot. September 12th is the last day to do that.

The proposed income tax would mean East Lansing residents would pay a one percent income tax while non-residents who work in East Lansing would have to pay a 0.5 percent income tax.

Students and employees in East Lansing worry what this could mean for their already tight budgets.

"One percent doesn't seem like a whole lot but when you're living on fifteen thousand dollars less or average when you're single that's difficult and a lot of grad and professional students have other people to support like spouses and children and so you really have to take a step back and think who's being affected by this tax the most", said Ashley Fuente, a graduate student at Michigan State University.

Jessie Kinney, an employee at Le Bon Macron says she feels like she's already paying a lot of taxes.

"I feel like I don't really know how much more of my paycheck I can really contribute to that. I own a home here so I already pay taxes in that way it seems a little excessive to me", Kinney said.

Kinney said she will also have to find ways to cut back in her already tight budget.

"I don't really make that much. I still do have help from my parents I'm fortunate in that way so people who might not be as fortunate to have their parents help I really dont' know what I would do otherwise".