Cities, towns, and villages across Michigan are struggling to provide basic services, like road maintenance. Local budgets face reduced revenue sharing from the state and are also limited in how much money they can generate through taxes, a result of the Headlee Amendment of 1978.
The Village of Brooklyn in Jackson County exemplifies this struggle. The roads are in such bad shape that some in local government have talked about taking them back to gravel.
Brooklyn Village Manager Jae Guetschow and Village Trustee Stella Roberts joined Stateside to discuss the condition of the roads in Brooklyn, the village’s financial constraints, and the resulting options for road maintenance.