Report: MI Cities Lost 12 Percent Of Their Revenue In 15 Years

Nov 20, 2019

A Michigan public policy research firm says long-term disinvestment by the state is hurting municipal revenues. 


A report by Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants surveyed 225 Michigan cities.  It finds state revenue sharing payments and municipal property tax revenues have fallen substantially since 2002. 

PSC vice-president Tim Dempsey says on average, Michigan cities are operating with 12 percent less revenue today than they did 15 years ago.

“When you have a 12 percent overall revenue decline, that’s pretty substantial,” says Dempsey.  “If you equate that into your own household budget, imagine what that would mean for you as an individual or as a family.”

The Michigan Municipal League says many cities have been forced to cut police, fire and infrastructure services to offset their losses.

The report’s authors say they hope it will be a call to action for state lawmakers to restore  revenue sharing payments to at least their 2011 levels.