Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS)
Spring 2015 Data Tables

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Q13c. Regardless of whether or not your jurisdiction expects to have a budget surplus this year, in your opinion, what would be the highest priority for using any potential surplus (if it had one) according to the following groups or individuals? Do you think that they would prefer to spend the budget surplus on public services or infrastructure, save that money for future use, use it to pay down any debt your jurisdiction may have, or reduce taxes? You personally in your role as a local official would prefer to...

Jurisdiction Type Crosstabulation
% within Jurisdiction Type
  Jurisdiction Type Total
County Township City Village
Regardless of whether or not your jurisdiction expects to have a budget surplus this year, in your opinion, what would be the highest priority for using any potential surplus (if it had one) according to the following groups or individuals? Do you think that they would prefer to spend the budget surplus on public services or infrastructure, save that money for future use, use it to pay down any debt your jurisdiction may have, or reduce taxes? You personally in your role as a local official would prefer to... Spend on public services or infrastructure 23% 50% 54% 49% 49%
Save for future use 40% 33% 25% 32% 32%
Pay down any debt 33% 9% 17% 15% 12%
Reduce taxes 4% 4% 2% 1% 3%
Don't Know 0% 4% 1% 4% 3%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

Population Size Crosstabulation
% within Population Size
  Population Size Total
<1500 1500-5000 5001-10000 10001-30000 >30000
Regardless of whether or not your jurisdiction expects to have a budget surplus this year, in your opinion, what would be the highest priority for using any potential surplus (if it had one) according to the following groups or individuals? Do you think that they would prefer to spend the budget surplus on public services or infrastructure, save that money for future use, use it to pay down any debt your jurisdiction may have, or reduce taxes? You personally in your role as a local official would prefer to... Spend on public services or infrastructure 44% 52% 54% 56% 45% 49%
Save for future use 38% 30% 26% 22% 30% 32%
Pay down any debt 10% 10% 16% 16% 24% 12%
Reduce taxes 3% 4% 3% 4% 0% 3%
Don't Know 4% 3% 2% 2% 1% 3%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

Region of Michigan Crosstabulation
% within Region of Michigan
  Region of Michigan Total
Upper Peninsula Northern Lower Peninsula West Central Lower Peninsula East Central Lower Peninsula Southwest Lower Peninsula Southeast Lower Peninsula
Regardless of whether or not your jurisdiction expects to have a budget surplus this year, in your opinion, what would be the highest priority for using any potential surplus (if it had one) according to the following groups or individuals? Do you think that they would prefer to spend the budget surplus on public services or infrastructure, save that money for future use, use it to pay down any debt your jurisdiction may have, or reduce taxes? You personally in your role as a local official would prefer to... Spend on public services or infrastructure 40% 46% 50% 47% 56% 52% 49%
Save for future use 34% 38% 34% 34% 29% 25% 32%
Pay down any debt 17% 8% 9% 13% 11% 16% 12%
Reduce taxes 6% 6% 4% 2% 2% 2% 3%
Don't Know 3% 3% 3% 4% 2% 4% 3%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.