Briefly, what are the arguments against higher taxes?

  • Higher taxes drive down property values and erode the tax base.
  • Property taxes are regressive, driving up living costs for low- and moderate-income families who rent and pay non-homestead property tax rates.
  • Higher taxes discourage investment in the city.
  • The millage increase is unnecessary: property-tax revenues are climbing, and City Council continues to spend millions on non-essential projects.
  • This proposal is not about ensuring sound city finances; it is about freeing up money for hobbyhorse projects and tax breaks for developers.