2014-04-10 / Front Page

Area receives $100K in road funding to help after winter

Mich. cities, counties get maintenance help

MANISTIQUE – Schoolcraft County was among a number of Michigan counties to recently receive a piece of the $60.9 million to help restore road maintenance budgets that were depleted by winter. The county was awarded $118,259.83, while the city of Manistique received $15,133.28.

The $60.9 million is part of $100 million for special winter road maintenance provided in a supplemental appropriations bill enacted by the Michigan Legislature and signed into law March 14 by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“These funds are badly needed by counties, cities and villages to compensate for the extraordinarily high costs of plowing, salting and filling potholes this past winter,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “We are all extremely appreciative of the governor’s and Legislature’s understanding of the toll this brutal winter has taken on road budgets.”

The Michigan Department of Transportation allocated the onetime appropriation of $100 million according to the Public Act 51 of 1951 road funding formula, meaning MDOT received $39.1 million, counties $39.1 million, and cities and villages $21.8 million.

The Act 51 formula is complex. How much a county, city or village receives in funding through Act 51 depends on several factors, including road mileage and population. Counties, cities and villages receiving portions of the $60.9 million must use the money for winter maintenance costs, and not for things such as administration, overhead or other indirect costs.

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