Report 339 ( March 2005 ) 65 pages
The Financial Implications of Consolidating the City of Grand Blanc and Grand Blanc Township
The Charter Township of Grand Blanc has experienced a great deal of residential development in recent years and is likely to continue to grow for some time. In the middle of the township lies the City of Grand Blanc, a separate governmental entity with its own system of service delivery. The question for Grand Blanc residents is whether they want the township to continue to grow separate from the city, or do they want to consolidate the two entities into a single city. This analysis finds that consolidation would result in some efficiencies in individual departments, but that other departments would likely need to increase staff levels. A consolidated police force would be better suited to meet the needs of a growing community. Incorporation would allow for assumption of responsibility over roads, but would also shift the burden of paying for improvements to the new city. Access to the township tax base would allow for a tax rate reduction of about 6 mills for residents of the City of Grand Blanc. Township taxpayers would be subject to a tax rate increase of 1.5 to 2 mills.