FLINT TOWNSHIP — Flint Township Supervisor Karyn Miller has declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The declaration could put the township in line for relief funding that may be made available to municipalities where revenues were greatly impacted by business closures and slowdowns, and social distancing guidelines.
“There may be a decrease in state shared revenue,” Miller said. “We operate a $10.3 million budget, which is down from when the market crashed 10 years ago. Less than half of that is taxes. We receive close to $2.9 million last year in shared revenue.”
Shared revenues are based on a portion of the state sales tax, she said. A reduction in commerce means a reduction in sales tax revenues.
Miller said she’s heard projected losses between 10 and 30 percent, on top of a loss in revenues from the gas tax.
“Maybe we can weather it; I’m not sure,” Miller said. “But, if there’s a way to recoup any losses, we need to be in a position for that.”
The declaration also allows township officials to forgo certain ordinance enforcement.
“We have a noxious weed ordinance … and we have several people who are senior citizens who hire people or have landscape companies,” Miller said.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has banned contract lawn maintenance at least through the end of April.
“We’re not going to go out and ticket people for not mowing their lawns,” Miller said.
The township also can waive fees for late payment of sewer and water bills.
“Everyone is struggling right now,” Miller said.