December 1st Revenue Sharing Deadline Reminder

The Michigan Department of Treasury distributed the following reminder to all Cities, Villages and Townships this week about the upcoming December 1st deadline to submit the necessary documentation to receive statutory revenue sharing payments.

Official CVTRS Detailed Guidance FY 16 Letter


This is a reminder that the due date for the City, Village, and Township Revenue Sharing (CVTRS) and County Incentive Program (CIP) is 11:59 pm on December 1, 2015.

In order to meet the deadline and qualify for the full CVTRS/CIP payment amount available, a local unit must submit to Treasury the documents listed below and make the documents available for public viewing in the city, village, township, or county clerk’s office or post them on a publicly accessible Internet site.

The required documents are:

  1. Signed Certification of Accountability and Transparency (form #4886)
  2. Citizen’s Guide (minimum General Fund)
  3. Performance Dashboard
  4. Debt Service Report (all funds)
  5. Projected Budget Report (minimum General Fund)

Please visit,4679,7-121-1751_2197_58826_62393_62406—,00.html for the required certification form and available templates.

If Treasury does not receive ALL of the above documents by 11:59 pm on December 1, 2015, your local unit will not qualify for the full CVTRS/CIP payment amount available.

Submissions can be emailed to, faxed to 517-335-3298, or mailed to:

Michigan Department of Treasury

Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis

P.O. Box 30722

Lansing MI  48909

Email Submissions

If the required documentation is submitted via email, please take note of the information below:

  1. Prior to submitting the documentation:
    1. DOUBLE CHECK THE EMAIL ADDRESS to ensure that the address has been typed correctly.  If the email address is typed incorrectly, Treasury will not receive the submission and the local unit will not qualify for a payment.
    2. DOUBLE CHECK ATTACHMENTS to ensure that all the required documentation has been attached.  If all the documentation is not submitted (by the due date), the local unit will not qualify.
  1. After Submitting the documentation:
    1. Within two business days of Treasury receiving your email, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL REPLY stating the submission has been received.  Starting November 23, 2015, Treasury will provide the email reply within four business hours.
    2. IF A RESPONSE EMAIL IS NOT RECEIVED from Treasury within the above time frames, contact Treasury at 517-373-2697 to verify that the submission has been received.
    3. Upon a review of the documentation at a future date, Treasury may request additional information to ensure a local unit’s compliance with 2015 Public Act 84.

For reference, attached is Treasury’s CVTRS Detailed Guidance for cities, villages, and townships and Treasury’s CIP Detailed Guidance for counties.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 517-373-2697.

Thank you.

Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis

Michigan Department of Treasury



Chris Hackbarth is the League’s director of state affairs. He can be reached at 517-908-0304and

Senate Committee Reports Bill To Expand Recreation Authorities

Michigan Municipal League members, including Big Rapids Mayor Mark Warba (right), testified in Lansing recently on an issue facing park and recreation authorities.

Michigan Municipal League members, including Big Rapids Mayor Mark Warba (right), testified in Lansing recently on an issue facing park and recreation authorities.

Working in conjunction with officials from the City of Big Rapids, the League was successful in getting Senate Bill 481 (Booher) reported from the Senate Local Government committee earlier this week.

The bill, modeled on similar legislation from previous sessions, would expand the definition of an eligible municipality to include a school district.

This change would allow a city, village, or township to partner with a school district to form a recreation authority allowing broader access to recreation programming and facilities throughout a region.

Big Rapids Mayor Mark Warba (left) testifies in Lansing.

Big Rapids Mayor Mark Warba (left) testifies in Lansing.

Language was added in this bill to address concerns raised previously about the need to clarify the appropriate use of any funds raised by an authority that included a school district.

Following a committee hearing in which Big Rapids city and school officials testified in support of the bill, the committee voted the bill out to the full Senate for consideration once they return from break in December.

Chris Hackbarth is the League’s director of state affairs. He can be reached at 517-908-0304and

Treasury Distributing First Major PPT Reimbursements

Most Michigan Municipal League member cities have received Personal Property Tax (PPT) distribution checks in the mail in the past week. These reimbursement checks are the first amounts cities are receiving for operating mills under the PPT reform voters approved in a statewide referendum in August of 2014 and are being distributed by the Local Community Stabilization Authority (LCSA), which is a new creation under the Act.

As one of the first implementation phases under the new law, cities with a positive small taxpayer exemption loss are eligible to be reimbursed for their 2014 and 2015 personal property tax loss from millage not used to pay debt.  On October 20, 2015, Treasury certified a partial distribution of $15,736,006 to 214 cities. This distribution reflects 100 percent reimbursement of 2014 and 2015 operating millage less amounts reimbursed to TIF plans for city millage and amounts previously reimbursed to cities under the Act for debt loss.

In addition to this 100% reimbursement, the LCSA also has an additional $3,463,994 available to distribute to these eligible cities. Once all other data related to each city’s 2014 and 2015 debt loss is compiled, these additional dollars will be certified by Treasury to the LCSA for distribution. This additional distribution to cities stems from the design of the proration formula contained in the new law and represents payment in excess of 100 percent reimbursement. This extra payment will be finalized and distributed by early December of this year.

Chris Hackbarth is the League’s director of state affairs. He can be reached at 517-908-0304and



Dark Store / Big Box Retail Assessment Legislation Introduced

Two pieces of legislation were introduced this week that would help communities facing tax assessment appeals by big box retailers.  The League has been working closely with bill sponsors, State Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) and State Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette) to craft Senate Bill 524 and House Bill 4909 and soliciting bi-partisan support from the rest of the Upper Peninsula delegation, including State Reps. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) and Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan), and many others.  These two bills are modeled on legislation recently passed and signed into law in Indiana and are aimed at clarifying true cash value determinations.  The legislation defines large-scale commercial retail property and the circumstances under which similar large-scale commercial properties can be used for sales comparison purposes.  The legislation also excludes consideration of some negative use deed restrictions from the sales comparison calculation as the trend grows by retailers using these types of deed restrictions to appeal their assessments claiming that these self-imposed deed restrictions have lowered the value of their property.

The League is working in conjunction with the Michigan Association of Counties and the Michigan Townships Association to advocate for this legislation.  The bills have been referred to the Senate Finance and House Tax Policy committees, respectively.  We are working with those committees to secure hearings on the legislation in the near future.

Please let your legislators know how important it is to address this issue and let us know if you have any questions.

Chris Hackbarth is the League’s director of state affairs. He can be reached at 517-908-0304and


Act 51 Compliance Requirements Due September 30th

Act 51 compliance requirements are due September 30th as a result of changes that were made to the compliance requirements of Public Act 51 of 1951, Section 18j, MCL 247.668j related to funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation for roadways within local units of government.

To comply, by September 30, 2015, a certificate regarding the compensation plans for your local transportation employees must be completed, signed, submitted to the State Department of Transportation and posted on your municipal website. MDOT has summarized the compliance requirements in FAQ form.

If this form is not submitted by September 30th MDOT may withhold Act 51 funding for non-compliance.

John LaMacchia is a Legislative Associate for the League handling transportation, infrastructure, and energy issues. He can be reached at or 517-908-0303.

Treasury Provides Updated PPT Reimbursement Form

This afternoon Treasury provided the updated Form 5192, for claiming small taxpayer exemption personal property loss reimbursement for a millage levied in July 2015 used to pay debt.  Reimbursement requests are due to Treasury by August 14, 2015.

The form is available at:

with a link to the form available on Treasury’s main Personal Property Tax page:,4676,7-238-43535_53197-316719–,00.html

Please contact Treasury’s Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis at 517-373-2697 with any questions.

Chris Hackbarth is the League’s director of state affairs. He can be reached at 517-908-0304and

Local Election Results Show Voters Support Essential Local Services, Better Communities

A road crew fills potholes in Macomb County.

A road crew fills potholes in Macomb County.

(Go here to view the League’s statement on the defeat of Proposal 1)

Not to be lost in the overwhelming defeat of Proposal 1 last night, is the success of a majority of local ballot questions that also went before voters in Tuesday’s election. The results show voters are willing to support essential services that contribute to a community’s vibrancy.

According to MIRS news service, of the more than 200 questions on local ballots statewide nearly 70 percent were approved. In particular, voters approved nearly 70 percent of the school-related ballot proposals and 78 percent of the proposal dealing with police, fire and emergency services.

View a spreadsheet on the MIRS report here. View the subscription-only MIRS article on the local election results here under the headline “Local Road Proposal Approvals Go 50%, New Money Asks for Roads 21%”.

The local election results also are consistent with the findings of an EPIC-MRA survey co-commissioned by the League. The poll, which you can view here, found that a majority of voters who opposed the Proposal 1 ballot question want the Legislature to get back to work and pass a plan that fixes roads with new revenues. The poll shows that voters did not want major cuts to essential services that make our communities strong and liveable – namely schools, communities and police and fire protection.

Here are some key findings in the EPIC-MRA poll:

  • A strong majority of voters want the Legislature to get back to work now and fix the roads;
  • They are willing to support higher taxes as long as they money goes only to transportation, and they oppose major cuts to K-12 education, higher education, revenue sharing and healthcare to find the money to fix the roads;
  • 64 percent polled “strongly favor” or “somewhat favor” a 1-cent increase in the state sales tax to fix the roads, as long as the new revenue from the penny increase is guaranteed in the constitution for roads, bridges and transportation;
  • 88 percent oppose “major cuts” to K-12 education to pay for roads;
  • 76 percent oppose “major cuts” in revenue sharing for local communities;
  • 63 percent opposed “major cuts” to universities and community colleges;
  • 85 percent support the Legislature working all summer to pass a new roads plan.

The poll also found that the Legislature’s job approval rate sunk to just 27 percent (with only 1 percent giving the Legislature an “excellent” rating). That’s reflected in the constant complaint we’ve heard that the Legislature should have come up with a road solution itself instead of sending it to the voters.

A fire truck makes an emergency run over crumbling roads in Macomb County.

A fire truck makes an emergency run over crumbling roads in Macomb County.

Of note, the poll found that Governor Snyder’s approval rating is an all-time high – 52 percent positive job approval. The Governor has been an exceptionally strong leader on fixing our roads and the League was especially pleased with his statement issued following Proposal 1’s defeat last night. The statement, with the subheadline, “A plan must improve roads without hurting schools, communities,” explains that fixing the roads remains a top priority for the governor and that a new solution should be one that gives “Michigan residents the safe roads they need and deserve and helps our growing economy.”

The League pledges to continue working with governor and the Legislature on a new plan that will fix our roads and bridges while protecting those services essential to Michigan’s families, communities and economy. Like Michigan voters, we do not believe the state can cut our way to prosperity.

There will be much debate in Lansing in the coming days, weeks and possibly months over the next step to fixing our roads. Please stay tuned to this Inside 208 legislative blog for the latest developments. We may also call on you as various plans surface and gain momentum. So please be ready to contact your lawmakers when asked.

Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at and (734) 669-6317.

Proposal 1 Offers Michigan’s Last, Best Chance to Fix Roads with Guaranteed Funding

John LaMacchia discusses Proposal 1 at a recent Burton City Council town hall meeting.

John LaMacchia discusses Proposal 1 at a recent Burton City Council town hall meeting.

The fate of Proposal 1 will be decided by voters next week (Tuesday, May 5), and there is one thing guaranteed about the outcome: If it passes it will provide a solution to fix Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure and will guarantee funding for transportation, local government, schools. And if it fails? No one can guarantee a solution out of the state Legislature.

That’s the simple message from the Michigan Municipal League’s John LaMacchia, legislative associate, in his many speaking engagements, media interviews and community meetings about Proposal 1 in recent days, weeks and months. LaMacchia has been the League’s voice on Proposal 1 after the League board unanimously endorsed the road funding package in January.

“The one thing that those for and against Proposal 1 agree on is the longer we take to come up with a transportation funding plan, the worse are roads are going to get,” LaMacchia said.

If Proposal 1 passes, it would guarantee, for the first time, that every penny we pay in state fuel taxes goes to transportation.

Bad-bridge-small-for-webLansing would no longer be able to divert taxes paid on gas to some other state program or service.

Here is some additional information about what Proposal 1 would do:

Ballot Proposal:

  • Raises the sales tax from 6% to 7%
  • Exempts sales tax from motor fuel
  • Removes higher education funding from the School Aid Fund
  • Dedicates a portion of the use tax to K-12 education

Statutory Changes Effective Only if Proposal 1 Passes:

  • Increases the tax charged on motor fuel
  • Eliminates the depreciation on vehicle registration fees
  • Increase registration fees on the heaviest trucks
  • Requires more competitive bidding and road warranties
  • Restores the Earned Income Tax Credit to 20% of the federal level

Revenue Generated:

We would fix more roads instead of just fill potholes if Proposal 1 passes May 5.

We would fix more roads instead of just fill potholes if Proposal 1 passes May 5.

Fixing our roads will make them safer by repairing dangerous potholes and improving roadway design. Today, many drivers swerve to avoid dangerous potholes or lose control of their vehicles as a result of flat tires.

According to TRIP, a national transportation research organization, roadway design is a contributing factor in about one-third of fatal traffic crashes. Between 2008 and 2012, 4,620 people died in Michigan car accidents – an average of 924 fatalities per year.

For more information about Proposal 1 go to the League’s Safe Roads Yes! webpage.

To learn more about the Safe Road Yes! campaign go here. View here a series of question and answer videos about Proposal 1. Check out what MML members have to say about Proposal 1. See how much your community will get in additional road dollars and constitutional revenue sharing if Proposal 1 is approved. View which Michigan communities have passed resolutions in support of Proposal 1.

Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at The League’s John LaMacchia can be reached at

Is there a Plan B if Proposal 1 Fails? Why are Michigan’s Roads so Bad? Find Out in New League videos

Fowler plan bIt’s just two weeks until voters decide the fate of Proposal 1 on May 5 and the Michigan Municipal League has just posted a series of question and answer videos to address some of the concerns you may have about the road funding plan.

The videos come from a panel discussion during the League’s 2015 Capital Conference that took place in March.

The general session, “Driving Toward Safer Roads with Proposal 1,” was moderated by Roger Martin, of the Martin Waymire public relations firm and spokesman for the Safe Roads Yes! coalition. Panelists were Mike Flanagan, state superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education; Rob Fowler, president and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan; Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell; and Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation.

View all the League’s Proposal 1 information here, including an updated list of all the Michigan communities that have passed resolutions in support of Proposal 1.

Steudle bad roadsHere are the questions posed and subsequent answers. The videos are all very short:

The League also has a new slide show illustrating how much in new money for roads and constitutional revenue sharing each Michigan community will receive if Proposal 1 passes. The numbers are substantial. It’s a long video but it’s in alphabetical order so you can advance to the parts you want to see. You can also view a pdf of that video here, which will allow you to advance through the list more easily.

Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at and (734) 669-6317.

League Members, Board President Bolen Hear from President Obama at NLC Conference

League members hear President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. Monday morning.

League members hear President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. Monday morning. Photo credit: C-SPAN.

Michigan Municipal League President Dick Bolen led a Michigan contingent to Washington D.C. this week to attend the 50th Annual National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional City Conference.  The group had the opportunity to hear President Barack Obama talk Monday morning.

The President’s speech was live streamed by the White House and C-SPAN. You can watch it here.

Bolen, Mayor Pro Tem of Wakefield, and several other Michigan Municipal League members are among more than 2,000 community leaders from throughout the nation to attend the conference this week. The officials will meet with their congressional leaders, attend education sessions and network with officials from other state Leagues and cities.

The focus of this year’s NLC conference is federal priorities and issues facing cities and towns across the country.

Also during the conference, Dan Gilmartin, League CEO and executive director, was named to the NLC’s 2016 Presidential Election Task Force. Gilmartin was one of 17 officials from throughout the nation to serve on the task force, said NLC Board Member Patricia Lockwood, Fenton Mayor Pro Tem. View a press release about this appointment here.

Go here for other conference highlights.

Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at