Michigan voters to decide on new tax

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BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, MI (13abc Action News) - There's some strong opposition to Proposition One.

"I'm absolutely not going to vote for this," Dale Track, a Michigan voter says.

The legislation is on the May ballot in Michigan.

If voters sign off, it would eliminate three taxes on fuel currently in place that fund roads, infrastructure and schools.

"What it does is kind of, wipe the slate clean and starts a new way of funding," says State Representative Jason Sheppard, 56th District.

It includes a 1% sales tax increase, from 6% to 7%.

Those funds would pay for public schools and local governments.

There would also be a 14.9% wholesale gas tax, specifically for the state's crumbling roads and infrastructure.

For many people, the proposal is too convoluted with no guarantee on how the money will be spent.

"I don't know why politicians have to muddy everything up all the time," Scott Ruetz, a Michigan voter said.

If voters say yes, it will generate more cash.

Statewide more than one billion dollars a year for construction and about $200 million for schools, though it's unclear how much local cities and townships will get.

"The way they are going to disperse the money, there is just going to be no control," Track said.

It will come at a price; somewhere between $500 and $600 a year for taxpayers.