Michigan Municipal League Agrees with Court of Appeals Ruling on Headlee Amendment

Press Release


Matt Bach
Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
[email protected];


Michigan Municipal League Agrees with Court of Appeals Ruling on Headlee Amendment

LANSING, Mich.Michigan Municipal League (MML) CEO Daniel P. Gilmartin issued the following statement after the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that the state has ignored its responsibility for reimbursing communities for mandates it has issued since 1979:

“We appreciate the court recognizing what we have said for years: the state has breached its duty to fully fund mandates, forcing our communities to choose between cutting the services our residents want and deserve, or raising taxes. These choices have harmed our roads, denied emergency services and caused other valuable services to be denied to the residents who need them the most.

This ruling also holds the state accountable for complying with the public interest that the state not shift its tax burden to local communities.

While we’re still reviewing the ruling, we’re optimistic that this decision will ensure transparent and proper funding for local services that improve residents’ quality of life across the state.”

To download the Court’s ruling, click here.

For additional information, contact Matt Bach, the League’s director of communications, at (810) 874-1073 (cell); (734) 669-6317 (office) and [email protected].

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