MICHIGAN (WJRT) -
(08/06/14) - Michigan voters have spoken loud and clear.
Tuesday, 69 percent of primary voters statewide showed their support for Proposal 1 and agreed it's time to eliminate the state's personal property tax.
Proposal 1 had plenty of establishment support and no organized opposition - but passage wasn't a sure thing. Many supporters were concerned voters would be confused by the language on the ballot, but Wednesday, they are celebrating the big win.
"This is actually going to be good for both sides - both the local government side and the business side," said Bob VandDeventer, president and CEO of the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce.
VandDeventer says the victory is also a major win for the state.
"It's a continuing strategy on the part of the governor to make the state of Michigan more competitive in a business environment. The whole goal is to get more jobs to come to Michigan," he said.
The proposal was widely endorsed by businesses and local governments.
Supporters believe passage, which phases out the personal property tax for businesses, won't just make Michigan a more attractive place to start and grow a company. It should also ensure funding stays in local communities to help with things like public safety and education cost.
The ballot language was complicated and confusing. VandDeventer says that's why there was such a big push to inform the public before the primary election.
"The fear was that when you would go to the polls or get your absentee ballot, you'd look at it and go, 'What in the world does this mean?' And so the big push was really a communication to explain all the terms of the proposal," VandDeventer said.
Results show the efforts were successful. Now the job is to build a successful economic future for the state.
"It allows not only the state of Michigan to attract more businesses, but I think more importantly it has businesses who are head-quartered here really solid in the fact that they want to stay here because they are on a leveled playing field," VandDeventer said.
VandDeventer says it might take a little while to see the impact of the vote, but he believes the support shown at the polls indicates growing consumer confidence in business and the state government.
You can find all the primary election results, HERE.