LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos has co-sponsored legislation to add certain Michigan sportsmen’s groups to the list of charitable organizations exempt from paying property taxes.
“Southwest Michigan sportsmen and women are among Michigan’s greatest custodians of the state’s world-class natural resources,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “As a member of the Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, I have seen how many of our sportsmen’s organizations do much to conserve and preserve our great outdoors and provide valuable services to our communities.”
Proos said that some of the charitable work sportsmen’s organizations do already includes giving thousands of trees to conservation groups, providing outdoor magazine subscriptions for public schools, funding college scholarships and summer camps, and opening the facility for use by the Boy Scouts or other nonprofit conservation groups at no cost.
“I co-sponsored this bill to encourage more sportsmen’s clubs to help their community and state through charitable work and enable those that do contribute in a positive way to claim the allowable charitable exemption,” Proos said.
Senate Bill 570 would set an annual benchmark of 55 hours that the facilities of qualified sportsman’s organizations must be available for charitable activities in order to qualify for the exemption.
To reach the benchmark, organization facilities could be used for public education and for assisting governmental training and education. The types of organizations impacted by the reform would include sportsmen’s clubs, gun clubs, conservation clubs, and rod and gun clubs.
The Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators who come together in support of sportsmen’s rights and to promote Michigan’s great outdoors.
SB 570 has been sent to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.
Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.