LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos on Thursday highlighted that the more than $22.5 million increase in local revenue sharing in the fiscal year 2019 state budget will mean that communities in the 21st Senate District will receive nearly $10 million more than they did 10 years ago.
“Our local governments do tremendous work every day providing critical services to area residents and keeping our communities safe,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “The recently finalized 2019 state budget includes over $22.5 million more in revenue sharing to our local governments to help support local services like police protection and firefighting.
“This builds on our continued efforts to boost support for our local units of government. Over the past 10 budget years, revenue sharing in Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties has increased by nearly 44 percent.”
According to the nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency, from fiscal year 2010 to the new FY 2019 budget, revenue sharing has increased by 48.6 percent in Berrien County, 58.6 percent in Cass County and 22.9 percent in St. Joseph County.
This includes the combined revenue sharing for each county government and the eligible city, village and township governments in each county.
“As Southwest Michigan residents, my family and I appreciate everything our local government workers do for our community,” Proos said. “From protecting public safety and public health to maintaining local roads and parks, our local governments make a huge impact in our daily lives and deserve continued increased support.”
Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos are available at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/Audio.