New state rules cut part of local revenue sharing

Capital News Service
LANSING – Under Michigan’s new revenue sharing system for municipalities, most local governments will lose a third of their share and some townships won’t get anything at all. That tough new reality has rankled some in local government. “We believe that if there’s going to be revenue sharing, it should be shared amongst all government units,” said Bill Anderson, the legislative liaison for the Michigan Townships Association. Municipalities are eligible for two types of revenue sharing. All municipalities receive money based on population, which is guaranteed by the state constitution.