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Midland County Road Millages

Background on Midland County's Road Millage Renewal

For nearly four decades, voters in Midland County have approved a 1 Mill property tax millage that has helped maintain and improve existing roadways and bridges and construct new roads in Midland County, the cities of Midland and Coleman, and the village of Sanford. Over the years, with these voted dollars, these four Midland County road millage agencies have been able to repair and maintain our high-quality transportation network and leverage state and federal grants to help with funding.  The county's transportation network is comprised of 1,200 miles of roadway.

Need for Additional 1 Mill

Even with this long-standing millage, the condition of roads throughout Midland County has been declining for the past several years, and there has been a growing backlog of roads in need of significant repair and maintenance. This situation has resulted from rising fuel, material, and other construction costs and decreased revenues from State of Michigan gas and weight taxes. In addition, the county’s road network has grown in the last 40 years by approximately 25%.

Because of these pressures, on August 7, 2012, Midland County voters will be asked - in two separate ballot proposals - to approve another 1 Mill Renewal as well as a 1 Mill Increase.

Information on each separate ballot proposal is below. Approval of each ballot proposal will provide estimated average annual revenues as shown below.

Road Millage Renewal Proposal
(1 Mill Renewal ballot language)

“Shall the County of Midland, Michigan (“County”), renew the previously voted increase in the limitation on the total amount of general ad valorem taxes which may be imposed for all purposes upon all taxable real and personal property in Midland County, as provided in Article 9, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, as Amended, which last resulted in a levy of up to 1.0 Mill ($1.00 per $1,000) of taxable valuation of such property as finally equalized, for a levy of up to 1.0 Mill ($1.00 per $1,000) of taxable valuation, in the years 2013-2016, both inclusive, pursuant to the statutory formula as apportioned according to Act 133, Public Acts of 1968 for the purpose of continuing construction, maintenance, repair, and improvement to highway, road, street and bridge systems in the County of Midland, including the Cities of Midland and Coleman, and Village of Sanford, which if fully levied is estimated to raise $3,452,164 in the first year?”

Additional Road Millage Proposal
(1 Mill Increase ballot language)

“Shall the County of Midland, Michigan (“County”), in addition to the Road Millage Renewal Proposal, increase the tax limitation on the total amount of general ad valorem taxes which may be imposed for all purposes upon all taxable real and personal property in Midland County, as provided in Article 9, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, as Amended, for the years 2013 through 2016, both inclusive, up to 1.0 mill ($1.00 per $1,000.00) of the taxable value of such property as finally equalized, and levy such millage, as apportioned by population pursuant to an agreement between the Cities of Midland and Coleman, Village of Sanford, and the Midland County Road Commission, as authorized by Act 133, Public Acts of 1968, for the purpose of construction, maintenance, repair, and improvement to highway, road, street and bridge systems in the County of Midland, including the Cities of Midland and Coleman, and Village of Sanford, which if fully levied is estimated to raise $3,452,164 in the first year?”

A Yes Vote Means…

Approval of the 1 Mill Renewal would provide approximately $3.4 million annually for planned, County-wide road maintenance and improvements in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

A No Vote Means…

A defeat of the 1 Mill Renewal would reduce the amount of funding available for road repairs and maintenance within Midland County by nearly 30 percent.

A Yes Vote Means…

Approval of the 1 Mill Increase would provide an additional $3.4 million annually for planned, County-wide road maintenance and improvements in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. This additional revenue, over and above the 1 Mill Renewal, would help address a backlog of road maintenance and repair needs across Midland County.

A No Vote Means…

Without the additional property tax funding, maintenance and repair of our road system would be diminished, and the backlog of deteriorated roads in need of resurfacing and repair would continue to grow.

Estimated Average Annual Revenue*
1 Mill Renewal (Based on Taxable Value)

ENTITY:

AMOUNT:

City of Coleman

$17,260

City of Midland

$2,183,150

Village of Sanford

$25,890

Midland County Road Commission

$1,225,864

Totals

$3,452,164

* Millage dollars for the renewal would be allocated to the Village of Sanford, City of Coleman, City of Midland, and Midland County Road Commission in accordance with Act 133, Public Acts of 1968 based on the SEV of properties within each road jurisdiction.

Estimated Average Annual Revenue**
1 Mill Increase (Based on Population)

ENTITY:

AMOUNT:

City of Coleman

$51,092

City of Midland

$1,728,500

Village of Sanford

$35,464

Midland County Road Commission

$1,637,108

Totals

$3,452,164

** Millage dollars would be allocated to the Village of Sanford, City of Coleman, City of Midland, and Midland County Road Commission in accordance with Act 133, Public Acts of 1968, based on population within each road jurisdiction. To better recognize our road system as a regional network and the high intra-county travel demands of Midland County’s more than 83,000 residents, proceeds from the 1 Mill Increase would be split based on population within each road jurisdiction.

   

County Road Commission Plans to Continue Road & Bridge Improvements with 2013-16 Road Millage Funding

A 1 Mill Renewal of the county road millage will continue to provide the Midland County Road Commission with an estimated $1.22 million annually for the reconstruction, repair, and maintenance of existing local and primary roads and bridges throughout the county. The millage will be used to preserve a program through which 324 miles of roads were improved and two bridges were rebuilt during the past millage.

With a 1 Mill Increase, the Road Commission will receive an estimated additional $1.64 million to accelerate its program for improving deteriorated roads.

With approval of millage proposals, the Road Commission will match a portion of road funds from all participating Midland County townships. This will improve their roads and stretch millage dollars even further to cover more miles of roadway.

City Projects Planned for Construction with 2013-16 Millage Funding

Approval of the 1 Mill Renewal will continue to provide the City of Midland with $2.18 million annually for the reconstruction, repair, and maintenance of our existing major and local city street system. With these millage dollars, the City will continue to address deteriorating streets and keep remaining streets from worsening.

With a 1 Mill Increase, an additional $1.73 million will be available to start tackling the City’s backlog of significantly deteriorated streets. It will also be used to help finance additions to the city street system, relieve congestion, and improve safety on roadways.

Passage of both proposals will provide funds to address Midland citizens’ concerns about street conditions, a top priority voiced through a 2011 survey of our community.

Contact Information

For further information about the August 7, 2012 Primary Election or your polling location, contact the following sources:
  • Midland County Clerk’s Office at 989-832-6739 or the Midland City Clerk’s Office at 989-837-3310.
  • Midland County website: www.co.midland.mi.us
  • City of Midland website: www.midland-mi.org