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Spring 2017Q4fComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of state aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Fall 2016Q3eTo what extent, if any, would you say the following factors have had a positive or negative impact on the relationship between the State and local governments in Michigan? The State's system of funding local government

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Intergovernmental relations | State oversight | Fiscal health | Revenue | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | Relations with state government
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Fall 2016Q6aTo what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? Local officials should try to influence state policy issues affecting local governments.

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: Intergovernmental relations | State oversight | Relations with state government
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Fall 2016Q6bTo what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? State officials should frequently reach out to local officials to get feedback on pending policy changes.

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: Intergovernmental relations | State oversight | Relations with state government
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Fall 2016Q7aThinking about communication between state and local officials specifically regarding State actions affecting your jurisdiction, in a typical 12-month period, how often do you or a representative of your jurisdiction contact state officials?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: Intergovernmental relations | State oversight | Relations with state government
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Fall 2016Q7bThinking about communication between state and local officials specifically regarding State actions affecting your jurisdiction, in a typical 12-month period, how often does a state official contact your jurisdiction?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: Intergovernmental relations | State oversight | Relations with state government
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Fall 2016Q8aSome people think that certain policy issues should be managed at the state level rather than the local level for a variety of reasons (for example, efficiency or consistency across jurisdictions). Others think local home rule is more important. In each of the following broad policy areas, how do you generally think authority should be divided between the state and local levels of government? Economic development

Major Tags: State Government | Economic Development and Community Development
Related Topics: State oversight | Relations with state government | State mandates and preemption
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Fall 2016Q8bSome people think that certain policy issues should be managed at the state level rather than the local level for a variety of reasons (for example, efficiency or consistency across jurisdictions). Others think local home rule is more important. In each of the following broad policy areas, how do you generally think authority should be divided between the state and local levels of government? Local finance and tax policy

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Relations with state government | State mandates and preemption | System of funding local government
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Fall 2016Q8cSome people think that certain policy issues should be managed at the state level rather than the local level for a variety of reasons (for example, efficiency or consistency across jurisdictions). Others think local home rule is more important. In each of the following broad policy areas, how do you generally think authority should be divided between the state and local levels of government? Environment and natural resources (e.g., water, solid waste, agriculture, forestry)

Major Tags: State Government | Energy and Environment
Related Topics: State oversight | Environment | Relations with state government | State mandates and preemption
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Fall 2016Q8dSome people think that certain policy issues should be managed at the state level rather than the local level for a variety of reasons (for example, efficiency or consistency across jurisdictions). Others think local home rule is more important. In each of the following broad policy areas, how do you generally think authority should be divided between the state and local levels of government? Land use and planning (e.g., zoning, permitting)

Major Tags: State Government | Economic Development and Community Development
Related Topics: State oversight | Relations with state government | State mandates and preemption | Land use planning
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Fall 2016Q8eSome people think that certain policy issues should be managed at the state level rather than the local level for a variety of reasons (for example, efficiency or consistency across jurisdictions). Others think local home rule is more important. In each of the following broad policy areas, how do you generally think authority should be divided between the state and local levels of government? Business issues (e.g., minimum wage, plastic bags, puppy mills, Uber, Airbnb)

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Relations with state government | State mandates and preemption
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Fall 2016Q8fSome people think that certain policy issues should be managed at the state level rather than the local level for a variety of reasons (for example, efficiency or consistency across jurisdictions). Others think local home rule is more important. In each of the following broad policy areas, how do you generally think authority should be divided between the state and local levels of government? Anti-discrimination policies (e.g., LGBTQ, equal opportunity)

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Relations with state government | State mandates and preemption
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Fall 2016Q8gSome people think that certain policy issues should be managed at the state level rather than the local level for a variety of reasons (for example, efficiency or consistency across jurisdictions). Others think local home rule is more important. In each of the following broad policy areas, how do you generally think authority should be divided between the state and local levels of government? Social issues (e.g., public welfare, homelessness, gun policies)

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Relations with state government | State mandates and preemption
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Fall 2016Q8hSome people think that certain policy issues should be managed at the state level rather than the local level for a variety of reasons (for example, efficiency or consistency across jurisdictions). Others think local home rule is more important. In each of the following broad policy areas, how do you generally think authority should be divided between the state and local levels of government? How local governments conduct business (e.g., open meetings, public notices)

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Relations with state government | State mandates and preemption
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Fall 2016Q9aNow, how would you describe the overall relationship between the State government and your jurisdiction in particular?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: Intergovernmental relations | State oversight | Relations with state government
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Fall 2016Q9bNow, how would you describe the overall relationship between the State government and other local jurisdictions overall?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: Intergovernmental relations | State oversight | Relations with state government
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Fall 2016Q13aNow we would like your opinion on different elements of the Emergency Manager Law. To what extent do you support or oppose the following aspects of the Law? Allowing local units in a financial emergency the choice between a consent agreement, Emergency Manager (EM), mediation (e.g., with creditors), or bankruptcy proceedings.

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q13bNow we would like your opinion on different elements of the Emergency Manager Law. To what extent do you support or oppose the following aspects of the Law? Allowing an EM to reject, modify, or terminate collective bargaining agreements.

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q13cNow we would like your opinion on different elements of the Emergency Manager Law. To what extent do you support or oppose the following aspects of the Law? Allowing an EM to set aside decision-making powers of local elected officials.

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q13dNow we would like your opinion on different elements of the Emergency Manager Law. To what extent do you support or oppose the following aspects of the Law? Allowing an EM to recommend (with approval of the State) the sale, transfer, or lease of the local jurisdiction's assets.

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q13eNow we would like your opinion on different elements of the Emergency Manager Law. To what extent do you support or oppose the following aspects of the Law? Allowing a State-appointed advisory board to have ongoing oversight powers after the EM leaves.

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q14Thinking overall about local governments that have faced - or will face - a financial emergency, how effective or ineffective do you believe the Emergency Manager Law has been, or will be, at restoring fiscal health in the short-term (i.e., balancing the books)?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q15Now, still thinking overall about local governments that have faced - or will face - a financial emergency, how effective or ineffective do you believe the Law will be at establishing sustainable financial conditions for the long-term?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q16aTo what extent do you agree or disagree that the Emergency Manager Law is undemocratic?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q16bTo what extent do you agree or disagree that the Emergency Manager Law helps difficult decisions to be made because the Emergency Manager is an "outsider?"

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q16cTo what extent do you agree or disagree that the Emergency Manager Law is racially discriminatory (by design, or as implemented)?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q16dTo what extent do you agree or disagree that the Emergency Manager Law pays insufficient attention to the underlying structural problems leading to local fiscal stress?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q16eTo what extent do you agree or disagree that the Emergency Manager Law serves the interests of local residents by improving their jurisdiction's fiscal sustainability?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q16fTo what extent do you agree or disagree that the Emergency Manager Law leads to an overemphasis on cost-cutting at the expense of service quality, public health and safety, or other important considerations?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q17Thinking overall, to what extent do you support or oppose the Emergency Manager Law?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q18aRecently, there have been calls for reforms to the Emergency Manager Law. To what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the Emergency Manager Law? Require Emergency Managers (EMs) to plan for improving factors beyond just finances (e.g., service delivery, infrastructure, quality of life)

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | State government reform | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q18bRecently, there have been calls for reforms to the Emergency Manager Law. To what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the Emergency Manager Law? Include provisions for possible new (time limited) local or state revenue options for jurisdictions with EMs

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | State government reform | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q18cRecently, there have been calls for reforms to the Emergency Manager Law. To what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the Emergency Manager Law? Require EMs to analyze impact on disadvantaged groups when making decisions

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | State government reform | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q18dRecently, there have been calls for reforms to the Emergency Manager Law. To what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the Emergency Manager Law? Require EMs to consider local elected official input before making decisions

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | State government reform | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q18eRecently, there have been calls for reforms to the Emergency Manager Law. To what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the Emergency Manager Law? Require EMs to consider citizen input before making decisions

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | State government reform | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q18fRecently, there have been calls for reforms to the Emergency Manager Law. To what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the Emergency Manager Law? Add state-level ombudsperson oversight for citizens and local officials to appeal any EM decision

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | State government reform | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q18gRecently, there have been calls for reforms to the Emergency Manager Law. To what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the Emergency Manager Law? Other

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | State government reform | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2016Q19Some believe that more proactive monitoring of local government finances by the State could help avoid local fiscal emergencies through earlier detection and intervention. Others believe this may be unnecessary or even counterproductive. To what extent would you support or oppose more proactive State monitoring of finances for all local governments in Michigan?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State authority | State mandates and preemption
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Spring 2016Q4fComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of state aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2016Q12aThinking about the revenue caps facing your jurisdiction (for example, the Headlee Amendment, Proposal A, etc.), if the economy improves gradually over the coming years, do you agree or disagree that the current system of funding local government will provide adequate funding to maintain the current quantity and quality of services your jurisdiction provides?

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government
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Spring 2016Q12bThinking about the revenue caps facing your jurisdiction (for example, the Headlee Amendment, Proposal A, etc.), if the economy improves gradually over the coming years, do you agree or disagree that the current system of funding local government will provide adequate funding to improve or add more services, if they are necessary or desired?

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government
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Spring 2016Q13Would you say you agree or disagree that the system of funding local government in Michigan is broken and needs significant reform?

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14aWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Enable regional tax-base sharing among local units

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | Taxes | Intergovernmental Cooperation | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14bWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Reform tax increment financing/tax captures (e.g., DDAs, TIFs, LDFAs) to limit impact on general government revenues

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14cWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Allow local governments to raise revenues through local-option taxes (e.g., sales, gas, hotel taxes, etc.)

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | Taxes | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14dWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Compel the State to pay for

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform | State mandates and preemption
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Spring 2016Q14eWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Increase maximum allowable local millage rates

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | Property taxes | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14fWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Reform Headlee Amendment to eliminate or limit millage rate roll-backs

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14gWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Establish automatic millage rate

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | Property taxes | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14hWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Reform Proposal A to allow more taxable value growth for individual properties

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | Property taxes | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14iWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Restore full statutory revenue sharing (i.e., reverse cuts that began in early 2000s)

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14jWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Add services that are not currently taxed to the state sales tax base

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14kWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Increase rates on state taxes with revenue-sharing components (e.g., sales, gas)

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14lWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Other

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q15aWhile many of these potential reforms may be important, we're interested in the reforms you believe are most critical. Looking at the potential changes listed above in Q14 that you support, please identify which you feel are the top three priorities for how Michigan's system of funding local government should be reformed. Top priority:

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q15bWhile many of these potential reforms may be important, we're interested in the reforms you believe are most critical. Looking at the potential changes listed above in Q14 that you support, please identify which you feel are the top three priorities for how Michigan's system of funding local government should be reformed. Second priority:

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q15cWhile many of these potential reforms may be important, we're interested in the reforms you believe are most critical. Looking at the potential changes listed above in Q14 that you support, please identify which you feel are the top three priorities for how Michigan's system of funding local government should be reformed. Third priority:

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q27bThe responsibility for ensuring safe drinking water is shared among many actors, including both public and private entities. We're particularly interested in the role of federal, state, and local governments. Please rate how well each of the following levels of government is doing in carrying out its responsibility to ensure safe drinking water in your jurisdiction. Michigan's state government

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure | State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State government job performance | Water
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Spring 2016Q29Did any of these landowners appeal a Board of Review determination to the Michigan Tax Tribunal?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q30aThinking about any appeals of a Board of Review determination to the Michigan Tax Tribunal in the last two years, how did your jurisdiction respond? We stipulated/agreed to the value(s) the landowner stated in their Michigan Tax Tribunal petition.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q30bThinking about any appeals of a Board of Review determination to the Michigan Tax Tribunal in the last two years, how did your jurisdiction respond? We stipulated/agreed to an alternate taxable value with landowner prior to the Tax Tribunal hearing.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q30cThinking about any appeals of a Board of Review determination to the Michigan Tax Tribunal in the last two years, how did your jurisdiction respond? We defended the assessment before the Tax Tribunal.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q31To what extent - if at all - did the cost of legal representation for the appeal impact your decision to stipulate rather than defend the original assessment before the Tax Tribunal?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q32your decision to stipulate rather than defend the original assessment before the Tax Tribunal?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2015Q4fComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of state aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2014Q4fComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of state aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2013Q4fComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of state aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2012Q4fComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether-in your opinion-there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of state aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2012Q34aMichigan's local jurisdictions currently have constraints on certain kinds of revenue growth (for example, the Headlee Amendment and Proposal A). Thinking about the revenue caps facing your jurisdiction, if the economy improves over the coming years, do you agree or disagree that the current system of funding local government will provide adequate funding to: maintain the current package of services your jurisdiction provides

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Servicesm State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government
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Spring 2012Q34bMichigan's local jurisdictions currently have constraints on certain kinds of revenue growth (for example, the Headlee Amendment and Proposal A). Thinking about the revenue caps facing your jurisdiction, if the economy improves over the coming years, do you agree or disagree that the current system of funding local government will provide adequate funding to: improve or add more services, if they are necessary or desired

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services | State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government
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Spring 2012Q38Now we want to ask about one particular tax, the Personal Property Tax (PPT). Does your jurisdiction currently receive any revenue from the Personal Property Tax (PPT)?

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Revenue | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39aPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: The PPT is difficult to administer because it is too complex.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39bPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: The revenue raised in my jurisdiction is not worth the costs to administer the PPT.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39cPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: Overall, taxpayers in my jurisdiction accurately report their taxable value for the PPT.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39dPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: Personal property in my jurisdiction is audited frequently enough to ensure accuracy.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39ePersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: The PPT is a barrier to economic development in my jurisdiction.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39fPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: If the state agrees to replace my jurisdiction's PPT revenues in full, I would support elimination of the PPT.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39gPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: If the state agrees to replace most of my jurisdiction's PPT revenues, I would support elimination of the PPT.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39hPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: If the state agrees to replace most or all PPT revenues (but it is not guaranteed in the Constitution), I trust the state will follow through in the future on its commitment to provide those funds.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39iPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: The PPT currently is an important source of revenue for my jurisdiction's budget.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Revenue | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q40aTo what extent would you say the following types of Personal Property Tax (PPT) are important sources of revenue for your jurisdiction's budget: Industrial personal property tax

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Revenue | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q40bTo what extent would you say the following types of Personal Property Tax (PPT) are important sources of revenue for your jurisdiction's budget: Commercial personal property tax

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Revenue | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q40cTo what extent would you say the following types of Personal Property Tax (PPT) are important sources of revenue for your jurisdiction's budget: Utility personal property tax

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Revenue | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q41If the Personal Property Tax (PPT) is repealed (in full or in part) and replacement revenue is an option, do you believe the revenue should be collected and redistributed by the state, or should local jurisdictions have greater authority to raise and keep the revenue at the local level?

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Revenue | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q42Last year, the state enacted the "Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act" (P.A. 4 of 2011), a law that governs when and how emergency managers are appointed to oversee local governments and school districts in fiscal distress. How familiar are you with this law?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Spring 2012Q43Overall, how effective or ineffective do you believe the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act (P.A. 4 of 2011) has been, or will be, at restoring or protecting the fiscal health of local governments across the state?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Spring 2012Q44aNow we would like your opinion on different elements of the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act (P.A. 4 of 2011). To what extent do you support or oppose: Allowing an Emergency Manager (EM) to reject, modify, or terminate collective bargaining agreements.

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Spring 2012Q44bNow we would like your opinion on different elements of the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act (P.A. 4 of 2011). To what extent do you support or oppose: Allowing an EM to set aside decision making powers of local elected officials.

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Spring 2012Q44cNow we would like your opinion on different elements of the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act (P.A. 4 of 2011). To what extent do you support or oppose: Allowing an EM to recommend (with approval of the state) the sale, transfer, or lease of the local jurisdiction's assets.

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Spring 2012Q44dNow we would like your opinion on different elements of the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act (P.A. 4 of 2011). To what extent do you support or oppose: Allowing an EM to recommend (with approval of the state) collaboration or consolidation with other jurisdictions, or disincorporation of the local jurisdiction.

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Spring 2012Q44eNow we would like your opinion on different elements of the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act (P.A. 4 of 2011). To what extent do you support or oppose: Allowing a current local official, such as a mayor or council member, to be appointed as an EM.

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Spring 2012Q44fNow we would like your opinion on different elements of the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act (P.A. 4 of 2011). To what extent do you support or oppose: The Emergency Manager law (P.A. 4 of 2011) overall.

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Fall 2011Q38Most Michigan local governments receive constitutional revenue sharing from the state on a per capita basis. In addition, some have received statutory revenue sharing funds based on a set of formulas. The state has recently enacted a new program called the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP). EVIP replaces the former statutory revenue sharing program. How familiar are you with the Economic Vitality Incentive Program?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: Performance management | State oversight | System of funding local government | EVIP
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Fall 2011Q39Certain local jurisdictions were eligible to receive statutory revenue sharing in Fiscal Year 2010. According to the new EVIP legislation, only some of those jurisdictions which were eligible in FY2010 are now eligible to receive revenue sharing through EVIP. Do you know if your jurisdiction is eligible to receive EVIP revenue sharing funds?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: Performance management | State oversight | System of funding local government | EVIP
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Fall 2011Q40The EVIP revenue sharing funds are split into three categories: one based on accountability and transparency, one based on intergovernmental collaboration/consolidation/service sharing, and one based on employee compensation practices. Local governments that are eligible for EVIP revenue sharing funds can seek those funds in all three categories, or in only one or two of them. In order to receive the EVIP revenue sharing funds related to accountability and transparency, eligible jurisdictions must certify they have produced a performance dashboard and a citizen's guide to local government finances by October 1, 2011. Did your jurisdiction certify that it had produced a performance dashboard and citizen's guide as of October 1, 2011?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: Performance management | State oversight | System of funding local government | Dashboard | EVIP
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Fall 2011Q41In order to receive the EVIP revenue sharing funds related to collaboration/consolidation/service sharing, eligible jurisdictions must certify they have a plan in place with one or more proposals to either launch new efforts or to increase existing levels of cooperation, collaboration, and consolidation, either within the jurisdiction or with other jurisdictions by January 1, 2012. Do you expect your jurisdiction will certify in this category by January 1, 2012?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: Performance management | State oversight | System of funding local government | EVIP
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Fall 2011Q42In order to receive the EVIP revenue sharing funds regarding best practices in employee compensation, eligible jurisdictions must certify they have a plan in place to meet certain state-specified requirements in employee health care premiums and post-employment benefits by May 1, 2012. Do you expect your jurisdiction will certify in this category by May 1, 2012?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: Performance management | State oversight | System of funding local government | EVIP
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Fall 2011Q45Beyond revenue sharing, the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) also has additional funds for assistance grants available to all Michigan city, village, township, and county governments to offset costs associated with mergers, interlocal agreements, and cooperative efforts to combine government operations that occur on or after October 1, 2011. How familiar are you with this section of the EVIP?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: Performance management | State oversight | System of funding local government | EVIP
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Fall 2011Q46How likely is it that your jurisdiction will apply for one of these EVIP grants?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: Performance management | State oversight | System of funding local government | EVIP
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Spring 2011Q4fComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether-- in your opinion -- there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of state aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2011Q48Governor Snyder has recently signed the "Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act," a new law that governs when and how emergency managers are appointed to oversee local governments and school districts in fiscal distress. How familiar are you with this legislation?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Spring 2011Q49In your opinion, on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "not at all likely" and 10 is "very likely," how likely is it that your government will have an emergency financial manager appointed by the state within the next 12 months?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Spring 2011Q50Some people think this Act may help tough decisions be made at the local level. Others do not. Even if it is never actually applied in your jurisdiction, overall, how effective or ineffective do you believe the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act will be at restoring or protecting your jurisdiction's fiscal health?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Spring 2011Q52Overall, how effective or ineffective do you believe the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act will be at restoring or protecting the fiscal health of other local governments across the state?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Spring 2010Q4dComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether -- in your opinion -- there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year in: Amount of state aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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