Since the passing of Public Act 51 (PA51) in 1951 – road funding has become a complicated and ineffective in the state of Michigan. In Calhoun county a township is required to provide a 50% match to receive road funds from the county. Townships in rural or less densely populated areas are challenged to find matching fund monies. Most assume that monies would come from property taxes, but that assumption is wrong. This only happens when the township passes a millage increase, special assessment or has a bond initiative. Also, the assumption that most of our gas tax goes to pay for the roads is wrong. In fact, only 35% goes to the roads, another 35% goes to education and it is anyone’s guess where the remaining 30% goes. The State of Michigan is less than transparent in it’s accumulation of revenue and expenditure of revenues.
For these various reason, PA51 should be rescinded in it’s entirety. A plan that equally distributes infrastructure monies on a per mile basis down to the township levels should be implemented.
I support the replacement of PA 51 with the bipartisan Tompkins Transportation & Infrastructure Act to better serve our communities and state.