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Group Says State Policy Puts Michigan Cities at Risk

Sehvilla Mann

A group that represents Michigan cities and townships says state policies have hurt local governments. In a report released Wednesday, the Michigan Municipal League says statewide laws and practices make it hard for even prudently managed governments to manage.

The League says a big drop in state revenue sharing created part of the problem, with property tax caps and the state’s emergency management policies also playing a role.

Without changes, MML Associate Executive Director Tony Minghine says the state could see more cities tip into crisis.

“We have a tax system that was built for a different time, a different economy, and it doesn’t work. It just simply doesn’t work,” he says.

Battle Creek City Manager Rebecca Fleury says a lack of funding leaves communities like hers facing untenable service cuts.

“I should not have to ask my elected officials to choose between a fire station and a police station when both are needed,” she says.

The League says it plans to propose a set of state-level policies it says would work better for local governments.

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Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. She covered those topics and more in eight years of reporting for the Station, before becoming news director in 2022.
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