County working with municipalities on road millage disbursement

The Eaton County road commission and local municipal officials may have some complicated work ahead as they work on the best formula to use for disbursing funds garnered from passage of the November county road millage. The first disbursement of funds has been made to local municipalities, although commissioners are still working with those municipalities to settle final figures for the $5 million the millage increase will generate annually. Eaton County Treasurer Bob Robinson said there was some confusion about exactly how much the municipalities would get. This confusion was the result of a conflict between the language included in the November ballot proposal and what the state statue requires by law. As a result, local municipalities may not receive as much funding, or in some case more, as originally thought. “While a conflict in state statutes between ballot language and disbursement rules created some discrepancies in what was originally expected at the local level, the county commissioners and administration are currently working with the road commission and the cities and villages to work out a final disbursement for June,” Robinson said. He said initial calculations were based on taxable value. In reality, Robinson said he is bound by state statute MCL 224.20B which calls for those calculations to be based off state equalized values (SEV). “This continues to be a work in progress,” Robinson said. Charlotte City Manager...

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