Rep. Scott VanSingel’s plan to ensure payments associated with special assessments of lake levels will be prioritized, reducing the possibility of delinquent payments, is now law.
House Bill 4035 amends the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to modify provisions concerning payments in lieu of taxes (PILT).
PILT are payments from the state to local units of government in lieu of property taxes for the land owned by the state and administered by the DNR. The payments are made by the Department of Treasury.
“This common-sense plan is essential to avoid unnecessary lawsuits and provide adequate mechanisms for the state to pay its obligations. In the past, local Drain Commissioners were forced to sue the state to collect payments.” said VanSingel, of Grant. “This is a win for taxpayers all across the state.”
Several reforms recommended by the bipartisan Michigan House School Safety Task Force were formally introduced today, including plans to create a special commission to improve the mental health of school-age students, hire additional staff who are dedicated to ensuring school safety, standardize statewide school safety definitions and provide guidance for building new school buildings to ensure security.
Rep. Van Singel, the Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Michigan Department of Transportation, speaks on the House floor Thursday before passage of what he says is record funding for Michigan roads, including dollars for road maintenance and green infrastructure. The $6.7 billion plan will take effect October 1.