Please attribute the following statement to Neil Sheridan, executive director of the Michigan Townships Association (MTA), in response to today’s executive budget proposal by Gov. Whitmer:
Safe communities, safe drinking water and essential local services are all critical to the success of Michigan’s townships. We are encouraged that the governor’s historic budget proposal recognizes the critical need to support townships and other local governments, with proposed increases in City, Village and Township revenue sharing, including for public safety, as well as investments in infrastructure and affordable housing. We also appreciate the governor’s proposed incentives for renewable energy-ready communities. Michigan cannot thrive without thriving communities, and we stand ready to work with the governor and Legislature throughout the budget process to ensure that townships receive the funding necessary to provide the needed services to support their residents and entire community.