A Benton Harbor Income Tax voted on November 5, 2013 did not pass. However, it will likely be on the ballot again in the spring of 2014. The proposed tax is bad for business and bad for residents. This measure is not a good way to attract tax-contributing members to this community.
Because the proposed City Income Tax did NOT pass, it means
- NPC will be NOT be taxed 1% of our gross revenue. Benton Harbor has already reinstated 10 mills and added another 20 mills
- NPC employees who live in Benton Harbor will NOT have to pay 1% out of their paycheck to the city
- NPC employees who do not live in Benton Harbor will NOT have to pay .5% out of their paycheck to the city
- NPC and other Benton Harbor companies will have even LESS difficulty attracting employees
- It will NOT cost NPC and other Benton Harbor companies time and money to process these payroll changes
This tax affects anyone living in or working in Benton Harbor. The proposed tax requires employees and residents to pay a percentage of their income in city tax (like state and federal). Companies in Benton Harbor will need to withhold money from their employees’ paychecks and process payment to Benton Harbor. All employees would be subject to withholding–whether or not they live in Benton Harbor. (Non-resident employees can usually recoup some of their money, but it’s still another form to fill out.) Detroit has a City Income Tax and look at what good it did them. They’re in bankruptcy!
The local radio recently aired a clip regarding NPC’s ‘No’ stance.