Local governments in Michigan may get a smaller increase in state revenue sharing than hoped.
Gov. Rick Snyder proposed a 15 percent increase in statutory shared revenue. But House Republicans say a budget agreement includes a 5.5 percent boost in statutory revenue sharing for cities, townships and villages — not including $8 million for financially distressed local governments.
Municipalities also are expected to get 3 percent more next year in revenue-sharing payments guaranteed under Michigan's constitution. A House-Senate committee plans to approve the budget plan Monday.
The Snyder administration said last week revenue sharing would stay "pretty close" to what Snyder proposed. But it's looking like that may not be the case after revenue estimates were revised downward recently.
Snyder's plan to significantly boost payments to counties is intact.
Sheriff Jerry Clayton says he hopes his warning on possible service reductions starts a community conversation because he won't be running up overtime. Clayton says he proposed a gradual reduction in the sheriff department returning a half-million dollars to the county annually.
The county commissioners will have a public hearing on the budget proposal in two weeks.
For the first time ever, Washtenaw County officials will be preparing a four-year budget proposal. County commissioners voted 7 to 2 Wednesday night in favor of a resolution directing the county's administration to develop a quadrennial budget. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor public schools superintendent Pat Green's proposed budget cuts of $8.7 million for next school year include a reduction of 75 employees. It's the starting point for budget discussions, as we hear from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
The budget situation for next year is not quite as bad as first projected for the Ann Arbor school district. School administrators released the latest revenue projections Wednesday night. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
As part of the timeline for developing a budget for the next school year, small groups of Ann Arbor school board members will meet with community members in dialogue sessions. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.