The Michigan Municipal League’s Anthony Minghine will be in Traverse City for two days later this month for a series of presentations about how the state’s system for funding municipalities is broken and needs to be fixed.
Minghine, COO and Deputy Director of the League, is scheduled to do a free public presentation 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at the Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Meeting Room, 610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, MI 49686. He also has meetings planned with officials from area’s Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce organization.
The presentations are part of an ongoing effort to inform the public and business leaders about the state’s broken system for funding municipalities.
During his presentations Minghine explains how Michigan ranks 50th in the nation in investment into its communities. He also explains that since 2002 revenues to communities went down 56 percent while revenues to the state went up 27 percent.
During the Great Recession, the state balanced its own budget on the backs of local governments.
A key part of the problem is the fact that the state’s system for funding cities and villages does not track with economy and as a result communities continue to struggle even as the economy rebounds.
The SaveMICity intiative was launched by the League in March of 2016 and since then Minghine and other League speakers have presented to thousands of people in dozens of communities.
Those interested in having the SaveMICity message presented in their community can email us at email@example.com.