Reports about counties, cities, villages, townships, and special authorities.

In a nutshell: The local government fiscal structure is plagued by a number of problems; chief among them is inefficiency that results from the fact that the majority of services are delivered at the most local level of government (i.e., city and township...

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Date: March 6, 2018 Speaker: Jill Roof Venue: Citizens Research Council Webinar Topic: Webinar – Diversifying Local Source Revenue Options in Michigan

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In a nutshell Because of Michigan’s harsh winter and historical under-funding, roads across the state are crumbling before our eyes. Next week Governor Snyder will sign a bill to send an additional $175 million in one-time funds to state and local roads...

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In a nutshell: Detroit has the most diversified local tax structure in the state with exclusive access to higher tax rates and more tax options. Despite this diversified tax structure, Detroit levies property taxes at high rates compared to other cities i...

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Most of Michigan’s residents are located in the state’s urban areas, but those urban areas comprise little of the state’s land area. Relative to the rural areas, the populations in urban communities are growing faster, have more diversity in race an...

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In a nutshell: In Michigan, all types of local government levy property taxes to fund services. Many communities in Southeast Michigan are already levying property taxes at high rates, limiting the usefulness of the property tax as a funding source for re...

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