In November of 2014, the residents of Ottawa County passed a millage of ½ mil per year for ten years (2015-2024) for the purposes of providing a fund for the reconstruction, resurfacing, and preventative maintenance of roads in Ottawa County.
How are countywide road millage projects selected?
- The focus for the countywide road millage funds will be on the primary road system. Primary roads are established by Public Act 51 and approved by the State Transportation Commission. They are typically selected according to their importance to the county. All of the primary roads are noted on the Ottawa County Road Map.
- Millage funds will not be spent on administration or operating costs, or on routine maintenance activities such as snow removal, pothole filling, pavement marking, roadside mowing, tree removals, traffic road sign installation, etc.
- Road millage funded projects will be selected utilizing the Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) process. A SIP is developed annually and implemented based on input and comments from local governmental officials and the general public. The 2017-2022 SIP has been approved and adopted by the Road Commission Board.
- Since 100% of the millage revenues generated within a township will only be spent on road improvements within that township, there will be some carryover balances for some townships in order to properly fund a proposed project in that township.
The first year of the road millage was added to the 2015 winter tax bills, so a majority of the revenue was not disbursed to the Road Commission until early 2016. The following summarizes the projects that were completed with the first year of the countywide road millage funds:
2015/2016 Countywide Road Millage Projects
$3,888,541 was collected for the Road Commission from the 2015 Countywide Road Millage. It is anticipated that approximately the same amount will be collected from the 2016 winter taxes, which will be disbursed to the Road Commission in early 2017.
After receiving input from local government officials and the public, the 2016-2022 Countywide Road Millage Project List and Balance Sheet has been developed.