STATE TRUNK LINE HIGHWAY SYSTEM (EXCERPT)
Act 51 of 1951
247.663 Return of distribution to city and village treasurers; manner, purpose, and conditions; audits; definitions.
(1) The amount distributed to cities and villages shall be returned to the treasurers of the cities and villages in the manner, for the purposes, and under the terms and conditions specified in this section. The amount received by a newly incorporated municipality shall be in place of any other direct distribution of funds from the Michigan transportation fund. The population of a newly incorporated municipality as determined under this section shall be added to the total population of all incorporated cities and villages in the state in computing the amounts to be returned under this section to each municipality in the state. Major street mileage, local street mileage, and equivalent major mileage, if applicable, shall be determined by the department before the next month for which distribution is made following the effective date of incorporation of a newly incorporated municipality.
(2) From the amount available for distribution to cities and villages during each December, an amount equal to 0.7% of the total amount returned to all cities and villages under subsections (3) and (4) during the previous calendar year shall be withheld. The amount withheld shall be used to partially reimburse cities and villages located in counties that are eligible for snow removal funds pursuant to section 12a and that have costs for winter maintenance on major and local streets that are greater than the statewide average. The distributions shall be made annually during February and shall be calculated separately for the major and local street systems but may be paid in a combined warrant. The distribution to a city or village shall be equal to 1/2 of its winter maintenance expenditures after deducting the product of its total earnings under subsections (3) and (4) multiplied by 2 times the average municipal winter maintenance factor. Winter maintenance expenditures shall be determined from the street financial reports for the most current fiscal years ending before July 1. A city or village that does not submit a street financial report for the fiscal year ending before July 1 by the subsequent December 31 is ineligible for the winter maintenance payment that is to be based on that street financial report. The department shall determine the average municipal winter maintenance factor annually by dividing the total expenditures of all cities and villages on winter maintenance of streets and highways by the total amount earned by all cities and villages under subsections (3) and (4) during the 12 months. If the sum of the distributions to be made under this subsection exceeds the amount withheld, the distributions to each eligible city and village shall be reduced proportionately. If the sum is less than the amount withheld, the balance shall be added to the amount available for distribution under subsections (3) and (4) during the next month. The distributions shall be for use on the major and local street systems respectively and shall be subject to the same provisions as funds returned under subsections (3) and (4).
(3) Seventy-five percent of the remaining amount to be returned to the cities and villages, after deducting the amounts withheld pursuant to subsection (2), shall be returned 60% in the same proportion that the population of each bears to the total population of all cities and villages, and 40% in the same proportion that the equivalent major mileage in each bears to the total equivalent major mileage in all cities and villages. The amount returned under this subsection shall be used by each city and village for the following purposes in the following order of priority:
(a) For the payment of contributions required to be made by a city or village under the provisions of contracts previously entered into under 1941 PA 205, MCL 252.51 to 252.64, that have been previously pledged for the payment of the principal and interest on bonds issued under that act; or for the payment of the principal and interest upon bonds issued by a city or village pursuant to 1952 PA 175, MCL 247.701 to 247.707.
(b) Payment of obligations of the city or village on highway projects undertaken by the city or village jointly with the department.
(c) For the payment of principal and interest upon loans received pursuant to section 11(5), to the extent other funds have not been made available for that payment.
(d) For the preservation, construction, acquisition, and extension of the major street system as defined by this act including the acquisition of a necessary right of way for the system, work incidental to the system, and an appurtenant roadside park or motor parkway, of the city or village and for the payment of the principal and interest on that portion of the city's or village's general obligation bonds that are attributable to the construction or reconstruction of the city's or village's major street system. Not more than 5% per year of the funds returned to a city or village by this subsection shall be expended for the preservation or acquisition of appurtenant roadside parks and motor parkways. Surplus funds may be expended for the development, construction, or repair of off-street parking facilities, the construction or repair of street lighting, and transfer to the local street system under subsection (6).
(e) For capital outlay projects for equipment and buildings, contributions pledged for the payment of loans and for the payment of contractual debt service requirements for the payment of bonds for the purpose of providing funds for capital outlay projects for equipment and buildings necessary to the development and maintenance of the road system so long as amounts allocated under this subdivision are used for transportation purposes.
(4) The remaining amount to be returned to incorporated cities and villages shall be expended in each city or village for the preservation, construction, acquisition, and extension of the local street system of the city or village, including the acquisition of a necessary right of way for the system, work incidental to the system, and subject to subsection (5), for the payment of the principal and interest on the portion of the city's or village's general obligation bonds that are attributable to the construction or reconstruction of the city's or village's local street system. The amount returned under this subsection shall be returned to the cities and villages 60% in the same proportion that the population of each bears to the total population of all incorporated cities and villages in the state, and 40% in the same proportion that the total mileage of the local street system of each bears to the total mileage in the local street systems of all cities and villages of the state. The payment of the principal and interest upon bonds issued by a city or village pursuant to 1952 PA 175, MCL 247.701 to 247.707, and after that payment, the payment of debt service on loans received under section 11(5), shall have priority in the expenditure of money returned under this subsection.
(5) Money distributed to each city and village for the maintenance and preservation of its local street system under this act represents the total responsibility of the state for local street system support. Funds distributed from the Michigan transportation fund shall not be expended for construction purposes on city and village local streets except to the extent matched from local revenues including other money returned to a city or village by the state under the state constitution of 1963 and statutes of the state, from funds that can be raised by taxation in cities and villages for street purposes within the limitations of the state constitution of 1963 and statutes of this state, from special assessments, or from any other source.
(6) Money returned under this section to a city or village shall be expended on the major and local street systems of that city or village. However, the first priority shall be the major street system. Money returned for expenditure on the major street system shall be expended in the priority order provided in subsection (3) except that surplus funds may be transferred for preservation of the local street system. Major street funds transferred for use on the local street system shall not be used for construction but may be used for preservation. A city or village shall not transfer more than 50% of its annual major street funding for the local street system unless it has adopted and is following an asset management process for its major and local street systems and adopts a resolution with a copy to the department setting forth all of the following:
(a) A list of the major streets in that city or village.
(b) A statement that the city or village is adequately maintaining its major streets.
(c) The dollar amount of the transfer.
(d) The local streets to be funded with the transfer.
(e) A statement that the city or village is following an asset management process for its major and local street systems.
(7) A city or village that has not adopted an asset management plan shall obtain the concurrence of the department to transfer more than 50% of its major street funding to its local street system. The department may provide for pilot projects that would allow a city or village that has adopted an asset management plan under subsection (6) to combine their local and major street funds into 1 street fund and to submit a single report to the department on the expenditure of funds on the local and major street systems.
(8) Not more than 10% per year of all of the funds returned to a city or village from any source for the purposes of this section may be expended for administrative expenses. A city or village that expends more than 10% for administrative expenses in a year is subject to section 14(5).
(9) In each city and village to which funds are returned under this section, the responsibility for street preservation and the development, construction, or repair of off-street parking facilities and construction or repair of street lighting shall be coordinated by a single administrator to be designated by the governing body who shall be responsible for and shall represent the municipality in transactions with the department pursuant to this act.
(10) Cities and villages may provide for consolidated street administration. A city or a village may enter into an agreement with other cities or villages, the county road commission, or with the state transportation commission for the performance of street or highway work on a road or street within the limits of the city or village or adjacent to the city or village. The agreement may provide for any of the contracting parties to perform the work contemplated by the contracts including services and acquisition of rights of way, by purchase or condemnation in its own name. The agreement may provide for joint participation in the costs if appropriate.
(11) Interest earned on funds returned to a city or a village for purposes provided in this section shall be credited to the appropriate street fund.
(12) In addition to the financial compliance audits required by law, the department may conduct performance audits and make investigations of the disposition of all state funds received by cities and villages for transportation purposes to determine compliance with the terms and conditions of this act. Performance audits shall be conducted according to government auditing standards issued by the United States general accounting office. The department shall develop all performance audit procedures and reporting requirements sufficient to determine whether funds expended under this section were expended in compliance with this act by September 1, 2012 and shall report to the transportation committees of the senate and house of representatives no later than October 1, 2012 on the additional audit procedures and reporting requirements. The audit procedures shall include a review of the road fund balance of the city or village. The cities and villages shall report their road fund balances by fund balance component. The department shall assist cities and villages to ensure that road fund balances are consistently classified and are in compliance with the audit and reporting requirements of this section. The department shall provide notice to cities and villages of the standards to be used for audits under this subsection prior to the fiscal year in which the audit is conducted. The department shall notify cities and villages of any subsequent changes to the standards. Cities and villages shall make available to the department the pertinent records for the audit. Performance audits may be performed at the discretion of the department or upon receiving a request from the speaker of the house of representatives or the senate majority leader.
(13) As used in this section:
(a) "Administrative expenses" means expenses that are not assigned under this section, including, but not limited to, specific road construction or maintenance projects, and are often referred to as general or supportive services. Administrative expenses do not include net equipment expense, net capital outlay, debt service principal and interest, or payments to other state or local offices that are assigned, but not limited to, specific road construction projects or maintenance activities.
(b) "Equivalent major mileage" means the sum of 2 times the state trunk line mileage certified by the department as of March 31 of each year, as being within the boundaries of each city and village having a population of 25,000 or more, plus the major street mileage in each city and village, multiplied by the following factor:
(i) 1.0 for cities and villages of 2,000 or less population.
(ii) 1.1 for cities and villages from 2,001 to 10,000 population.
(iii) 1.2 for cities and villages from 10,001 to 20,000 population.
(iv) 1.3 for cities and villages from 20,001 to 30,000 population.
(v) 1.4 for cities and villages from 30,001 to 40,000 population.
(vi) 1.5 for cities and villages from 40,001 to 50,000 population.
(vii) 1.6 for cities and villages from 50,001 to 65,000 population.
(viii) 1.7 for cities and villages from 65,001 to 80,000 population.
(ix) 1.8 for cities and villages from 80,001 to 95,000 population.
(x) 1.9 for cities and villages from 95,001 to 160,000 population.
(xi) 2.0 for cities and villages from 160,001 to 320,000 population.
(xii) For cities over 320,000 population, a factor of 2.1 increased successively by 0.1 for each 160,000 population increment over 320,000.
(c) "Population" means the population according to the most recent statewide federal census as certified at the beginning of the state fiscal year, except that, if a municipality has been newly incorporated since completion of the census, the population of the municipality for purposes of the distribution of funds before completion of the next census shall be the population as determined by special federal census, if there is a special federal census, and if not, by the population as determined by the official census in connection with the incorporation, if there is such a census and, if not, by a special state census to be taken at the expense of the municipality by the secretary of state pursuant to section 6 of the home rule city act, 1909 PA 279, MCL 117.6.
History: 1951, Act 51, Eff. June 1, 1951
Am. 1957, Act 262, Eff. July 1, 1957
Am. 1967, Act 298, Eff. Jan. 1, 1968
Am. 1967, Ex. Sess., Act 4, Eff. Jan. 1, 1968
Am. 1972, Act 327, Imd. Eff. Jan. 3, 1973
Am. 1976, Act 41, Imd. Eff. Mar. 16, 1976
Am. 1978, Act 444, Imd. Eff. Oct. 10, 1978
Am. 1979, Act 58, Imd. Eff. July 18, 1979
Am. 1982, Act 436, Imd. Eff. Dec. 29, 1982
Am. 1982, Act 438, Eff. Jan. 1, 1983
Am. 1983, Act 82, Imd. Eff. June 15, 1983
Am. 1987, Act 234, Imd. Eff. Dec. 28, 1987
Am. 1992, Act 82, Imd. Eff. June 2, 1992
Am. 1993, Act 294, Imd. Eff. Dec. 28, 1993
Am. 1997, Act 79, Eff. July 28, 1997
Am. 1999, Act 54, Imd. Eff. June 15, 1999
Am. 2004, Act 9, Imd. Eff. Feb. 26, 2004
Am. 2006, Act 338, Imd. Eff. Aug. 15, 2006
Am. 2010, Act 261, Imd. Eff. Dec. 14, 2010
Am. 2012, Act 298, Imd. Eff. Aug. 23, 2012
Popular Name: McNitt Act
Popular Name: Michigan Transportation Fund Act
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