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Local Goverments Will Get A Pay Increase

 
Posted June 10th, 2014 @ 4:26am by Associated Press

Local governments in Michigan will get roughly 7 percent more in the state's $1.2 billion revenue sharing budget next year.

A House-Senate conference committee approved the plan Monday, and lawmakers plan to send it to Gov. Rick Snyder this week as part of an overall $50 billion-plus state budget.

Snyder proposed a 15 percent increase in statutory shared revenue. But the agreement instead includes a 5.5 percent boost in statutory revenue sharing for cities, townships and villages _ not including $8 million for financially distressed communities.

Municipalities also will get 3 percent more in revenue-sharing payments guaranteed under Michigan's constitution.

Legislators scaled back Snyder's spending plan once revenue estimates were recently revised downward. Local officials say they're happy because lawmakers are eliminating strings municipalities must meet to get some money.

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