FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2011
CONTACT: Matt Bach
Dir. of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Brownfield Credit Replacement Bills Victory for Michigan Communities
Lansing, MI - Cleaning up unsightly properties and buildings in Michigan communities took a huge leap forward today when the Michigan Senate passed bills creating the Community Revitalization Program. The bills were approved in the House last week and are expected to be signed into law by Governor Snyder by the end of the year.
Getting funding to clean up community eyesores feeds directly into the Michigan Municipal League’s overall mission: better communities equals a better Michigan. Read more about the League’s vision for a better Michigan here.
The bills approved by the Senate today (Dec. 6, 2011) and in the House last week create the Community Revitalization Program and the Business Development Program, which replace the repealed Brownfield and Historic and MEGA tax credits. These programs both tap into a $100 million fund created in the state budget for fiscal year 2010-2011. The League worked closely developing these bills in workgroups with the Legislature and governor.
“You can go to any community in Michigan and see areas that are eyesores and need to be either removed or refurbished. The action today by the Senate and last week by the House will provide a helping hand to address obsolete and blighted properties,” said Andy Schor, associate director of state affairs for the League.
Bill numbers creating the Community Revitalization Program and the Business Development Program are SB 566, 567, 568 and 644. Go here to read additional background about this Brownfield Tax Credit issue.
Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.