Sorry, wrong number ... Detroit wants utility tax, owes phone company $2M

The City of Detroit wants to keep collecting a utility tax when it owes AT&T $2 million, Paul Egan writes in the Detroit News.

The unpaid bill was disclosed as a state legislature committee considered a bill to allow Detroit to continue that tax, the News notes.

Dan Lijana, a spokesman for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, said the outstanding bill is for $2 million from April for the city police, Egan reported.

"The department was not contacted by AT&T," Lijana said in the article. "[May 18] at the [legislature] hearing is the first time we were made aware of this as an issue."  

The legislation to allow Detroit to collect the utility tax and its city income tax must be changed because the city's population fell below 750,000 in the most recent census, and Detroit stands to lose more than $100 million if the bills are not approved by July 1, the article notes.

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