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Proposed Tax in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Would Pay for Conversion to Solar Electric

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 23, 2017 4:47:45 PM

Described as a Climate Action tax, money would be used to put solar on city buildings and purchase a fleet of electric cars.

ANN ARBOR, MI - A new countywide tax could help make Ann Arbor greener, including switching to electric vehicles for city employees and adding solar panels atop city buildings.

It also could fund other environmental initiatives, make pedestrian routes safer for children walking to and from schools, and help ensure affordable workforce housing is included in new developments.

Those are some of the many initiatives mentioned in a new memo from City Administrator Howard Lazarus, outlining how the city could use a partial rebate from a proposed countywide tax.

The city is updating its "green fleets policy" first approved in 2004.


Ann Arbor officials already made it clear they want to put a potential influx of new tax revenue in 2019 toward affordable housing, pedestrian safety and climate action. That was articulated in a City Council resolution last month.

Now the city is identifying what specifically in those three categories could be funded with the estimated $2.2 million to $2.5 million in new annual revenue the city could receive over eight years.

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