University of Michigan Gateway Ford School

Local officials say Michigan’s system of funding local government is broken, and seek State action to fix it

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September 2016

Abstract

This report presents views of Michigan’s local government leaders regarding the state’s system of funding local government, whether it needs to be reformed, and what reforms they prefer. It also includes their preferences for raising additional local revenues if given the opportunity to levy local-option taxes. The findings are based on responses to statewide surveys of local government leaders in the Spring 2016 wave of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS).

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