The Michigan Legislature has passed a pair of bills that would lower the official municipal-population threshold for levying certain income and utility taxes to 600,000 from 750,000. The measures would effectively apply only to Detroit and allow it to continue collecting the taxes despite recent Census figures that show the city’s population fell to 713,000 during the last decade.

The measures could mean an additional $90 million in annual revenue for the cash-strapped and shrinking city, and is a key part of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s fiscal 2012 budget proposal.

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