Road money needed

Voters could soon have a say on the future of Ottawa County road funding.
Alex Doty
Jul 17, 2014

The Ottawa County Road Commission has proposed a half-mill property tax to be placed on the November ballot. If voters approve the proposed measure, $50 million would be raised for road projects over the life of the 10-year millage — $5 million per year.

“Our revenue has really been stagnant, but our needs and costs keep rising,” Road Commission Managing Director Brett Laughlin said.

Road Commission officials say the state Legislature last increased the gasoline tax — a primary source of funding to maintain roads in Michigan — 17 years ago. It was increased from 15 to 19 cents per gallon in 1997.

“It’s apparent the Legislature has had difficulty addressing this issue in a timely manner,” Road Commission Finance Director Mike Mikita said.

Current revenues from the gas tax and vehicle registration fees have been generally just over $21 million for Ottawa County road agencies. It would take more than $250 million to get all the roads into “good” condition, and an additional $30 million per year to keep them in that condition, officials say.

The 0.5-mill levy would equate to $25 more per year in property tax for a home with a $50,000 taxable value. Of the $5 million raised by the levy each year, $4 million would go to the county’s townships and $1 million to cities for road improvements.

The road millage funds would only be spent on the reconstruction, resurfacing and maintenance of county roads — not administrative costs, new equipment or snow removal.

A July 22 public hearing is scheduled to gather input and determine if the issue will go to voters. The hearing will take place at a meeting of the county road commissioners.

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Comments

happycamper

I wonder, they are having problems with the road tax we gave, what are they thinking, i say we the people for people want the roads fixed or refund our money so our local government can tend to business, i don't feel like paying twice, is the government committing a felony ?

average driver

I cannot understand why road repairs are a property tax issue.

Say no to new taxes

The first question that should be asked is why repaired roads don't seem to last very long. Putting road repairs on someone's property tax bill make's absolutely no sense.
Raise the license plate fee's on trucks weighing over 26,000 lbs. They're the ones tearing up the roads with their payloads of cheap imported goods from other countries.

usecommonsense

I would bet the average home in ottawa county does not have a taxable value of $50k. Always down playing what it is actually going to raise your taxes.

skyking007

I have a average home and it has a taxable value of over $50.000. I would be willing to pay a higher tax to get better roads. With electric cars and hybrid's on the road, gas taxes won't keep up with the costs of road repair. We should strive to pave all our roads. I also believe a wider road the would let Bicycles stay out for the driving lanes would be a good idea.

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