Local Governments Bracing For Revenue Sharing Cuts
Local units of government across the state are preparing to take a hit when it comes to state funding. The Michigan Senate has passed a bill that would reduce state tax revenue sharing payments by four percent, starting this October. Many Northern Michigan cities and villages, like the Village of Kingsley, say they've been expecting worse. Kingsley's village manager, Adam Umbrasas, says he planned for an 11 percent cut, and believes the Senate-passed four percent cut could still grow. The village has been setting aside 15 percent of taxes coming in to help them deal with the cut. Umbrasas says the entire village staff is also making an effort to cut costs to make sure they don't have to do layoffs or cut back on services. Erika Waddell and photojournalist Justin DePrekel have the story.