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      Confusion over Proposal 1 worrying voters ahead of election

      Confusion and misunderstanding, voters are stumped on what Proposal 1 is all about.

      "The details are pretty complicated and there is some real question about why it's on the ballot at all" says Paul Rozycki, a retired political science professor with Mott Community College.

      The Michigan legislature already approved a bill that gets rid of personal property taxes for businesses.

      Proposal 1 would make those changes to the state tax code permanent.

      Paul says before the change, businesses would pay taxes every year on items like machinery and equipment.

      "Basically any kind of business property like a huge manufacturing machine for General Motors or for a small business something like furniture, desks, small kinds of things as well" says Paul.

      The tax revenues would be offset by a new fund.

      Supporters of Proposal 1 like area Chambers of Commerce say the fund will provide a more reliable stream of money to help pay for everything from local police and fire services to road repair.

      They say tax payers won't see a difference in the amount of taxes they'll pay.

      "Proposal one will ensure that our local governments will get full replacement revenue for our police and fire protection and other vital services" says Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.

      A vote no would effectively leave taxes on these items and keep revenue streams the same.

      "There is a huge support for it but because it's so complicated a lot of voters are gonna go no on it because they're confused about it" says Paul.

      "I am an active voter and yeah if you hadn't explained this to me I would have had no idea what it meant" says Candace Lester.

      Proposal 1's language is part of the confusion.

      You can read the entire proposal below:

      PROPOSAL 14-1 APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF AMENDATORY ACT TO REDUCE STATE USE TAX AND REPLACE WITH A LOCAL COMMUNITY STABILIZATION SHARE TO MODERNIZE THE TAX SYSTEM TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES GROW AND CREATE JOBS The amendatory act adopted by the Legislature would: 1. Reduce the state use tax and replace with a local community stabilization share of the tax for the purpose of modernizing the tax system to help small businesses grow and create jobs in Michigan. 2. Require Local Community Stabilization Authority to provide revenue to local governments dedicated for local purposes, including police safety, fire protection, and ambulance emergency services. 3. Increase portion of state use tax dedicated for aid to local school districts. 4. Prohibit Authority from increasing taxes. 5. Prohibit total use tax rate from exceeding existing constitutional 6% limitation. Should this law be approved?