kalamazoo county roads

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a package of bills designed to raise money to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges. But their provisions won’t go into effect unless they’re approved by voters in May.

The legislation would replace the state’s current gas tax with a wholesale tax on fuel. It would also raise the state sales tax from six to seven percent. The sales tax money would go to schools and local governments, which would otherwise lose out with the end of the current fuel tax.

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The state will give $1.4 million to Kalamazoo Co. to help it repair roads disintegrating after the harsh winter.

It’s the local share of $215 million state legislators have approved for winter road repairs. A little more than half of Kalamazoo County's award goes to the county road commission; the rest is split between nine cities and villages. The City of Kalamazoo will receive $324,444, Portage $220,852 and Vicksburg $13,903.