Marquette Township – Tuesday June 12, 2012 – Members of the local business association, at their monthly lunch meeting at Hudson’s, discussed the issue of allowing a tax free gas station to open in Marquette township.
It was the position of MBA members to not dis-allow any new business that might wish to locate within the township. We are pro business and desire lots of activity in our township.
Marquette Township board on Tuesday June 5, 2012, took up the issue of allowing a tax free gas station at the old Three Amigos location next to Gander Mountain last Tuesday June 5 at their regular meeting.
A group formed in 2011 called the Upper Peninsula Petroleum Association (UPPA) presented an 19 page report on the damaging affects of selling gas with no local tax. Since the price would be 25-35 cents cheaper, local residents would benefit. But the UPPA states Marquette schools would lose millions in tax funding which comes from other gas sales in the area.
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A representative from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community also spoke immediately following the presentation and had a different view than the UPPA.
The board took no action. It will be determined by the Bureau of Indian Affairs if the KBIC can place the land in trust to run the station tax-exempt.