MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A bill proposed in the Michigan legislature could save cities and counties millions of dollars.
Senate Bill 245 would exempt government jail building projects from sales tax on construction materials.
Muskegon County has already approved plans fo a new jail and juvenile center. The county expects to spend around $20 million for steel, concrete, wiring , flooring, plumbing and all of the other needed construction materials. If 245 becomes law, the proposal would save Muskegon County $1.2 million in sales taxes.
Allegan County is already building a new jail. Senate Bill 245 would be retroactive, rebating Allegan County more than $400,000 for sales tax already paid.
Before the bill advances in the legislature, the Senate Fiscal Agency must first calculate how much money would be lost by the state.