An Associated Press news report said the city has about a third of the money it needs to pay almost $1 billion in pension obligations.
Ravenstahl said the tax would replace a flat $52 municipal services tax levy on everybody who works in the city. The state Legislature would have to approve the tax.
According to the news report, Ravenstahl credited the idea for a pension income tax to a committee of university officials, business leaders, and state lawmakers he formed to address the city’s pension obligations.
Ravenstahl says city services will be cut next year unless the Legislature approves a way for the city to raise $15 million a year to bolster the pension fund.