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Local government in Michigan has certain flexibilities. A village may change its form of government by reincorporating as a city, or an unincorporated area of a township may incorporate into a village or city. The reasons for this can be due to a desire to reduce the operating costs of a village (which is part of a township so pays township taxes in addition to village taxes); eliminating potential duplication of services; establishing certain control over assessment; and assuring that state collected, locally shared taxes are returned to the city, and used by the city. In the case of an unincorporated area, the desire to become a city or village stems from the desire to be self-governing—passes local laws important to that area.
League Reference Packets:
Incorporation as a City PDF Updated 2015
Baldwin Feasibility Study