Legislation was introduced this week giving local governments authority to levy their own taxes to help pay for infrastructure improvements. The bipartisan package was introduced by Representative Jack O’Malley (R-Lake Ann) and Representative Tim Sneller (D-Burton). The proposal allows a local government to put on the ballot a registration fee or excise fuel tax, which would be used to improve roads and bridges in their area. The bills were referred to the House Transportation Committee for consideration.
A bill has also been introduced creating greater flexibility with how local governments spend road repair money. Introduced by Representative Rodney Wakeman (R-Saginaw Twp.), the legislation allows local governments to prioritize fixing the worst roads first, instead of using the current formula. It requires them to submit their asset management plans to a commission to ensure there is proper oversight when using the new spending formula. The legislation was referred to the House Transportation Committee for consideration. This week, the bill sponsor provided testimony on his bill before the committee, but no vote was taken.
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