Local Options

Give Communities Local Options To Pay

In order to keep up with today’s street and transit needs, communities must take advantage of a large mix of financing options from federal, state, and local sources. While many U.S. cities levy sales taxes and local user-based fees to build first-rate street and transit networks, Michigan’s communities only have one option for raising money: property taxes.


Trans4M members feel strongly that Michigan’s outdated state laws should no longer hold local communities back. Local governments should be able to take advantage of voter-approved options like local registration fees, local user fees, and other common tools. More local options will allow Michigan to invest in the infrastructure needed to compete in a global marketplace.

For more information regarding Trans4M’s involvement with transportation funding reform, contact James Bruckbauer, james@mlui.org, at the Michigan Land Use Institute.