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Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2016

45 Cities Stuck with MDOT Costs for State Road Projects Because of Snyder Veto

 

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder’s recent veto of Senate Bill 557 will force residents of 45 Michigan cities to continue to be burdened with providing funding to support Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects, Michigan Municipal League Executive Director and CEO Dan Gilmartin said today.

SB 557 would have replaced a section of Public Act 51 that requires cities and villages with more than 25,000 residents to pay for portions of MDOT projects that fall within their city and village boundaries, including opening, widening and improving state trunk lines. These municipalities must pay 12.5 percent of project costs if their population is greater than 50,000, 11.25 percent if between 40,000 and 50,000, and 8.75 percent if between 25,000 and 40,000.

Cities and villages with fewer than 25,000 residents aren’t required to pick up any portion of the MDOT tab. Also all counties, which are responsible for township roads, don’t have to pay into the cost-sharing system either. This creates tremendous inequity in the system.

“We are extremely disappointed by Governor Snyder’s recent decision to veto a key road funding-related bill that passed unanimously in the House and Senate,” Gilmartin said. “At a time when our communities can’t even afford to maintain their own roads, the governor has continued the broken model of forcing communities to shoulder the burden of archaic state policy established more than six decades ago.”

Cities and villages get a share of money raised through federal and state gasoline taxes and other revenues, but in some cases must spend much of the money on state road projects rather than their own local roads. MDOT’s planning process doesn’t take into account if a city or village is able to handle the financial burden. The League and the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, worked extremely hard to convince the Legislature that fixing this provision within Act 51 was vitally important to the impacted communities, only to see the governor strike down the measure.

The 45 communities in Michigan with more than 25,000 in population are Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Flint, Dearborn, Livonia, Westland, Troy, Farmington Hills, Kalamazoo, Wyoming, Southfield, Rochester Hills, Taylor, St. Clair Shores, Pontiac, Dearborn Heights, Royal Oak, Novi, Battle Creek, Saginaw, Kentwood, East Lansing, Roseville, Portage, Midland, Muskegon, Lincoln Park, Bay City, Jackson, Holland, Eastpointe, Port Huron, Southgate, Burton, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Allen Park, Garden City, Mount Pleasant, Wyandotte, and Inkster.

For additional information, contact Matt Bach, Michigan Municipal League media relations director, at mbach@mml.org and (734) 669-6317.

Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at mml.org.

 

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