Should Some County Road Commissions Get The Axe?

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LANSING (WWJ) – The number of county road commissions could be downsized — with some saying it will save the state some money.

WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports that Michigan currently has 83 county commissions and some Republican lawmakers say the number should be reduced. Gov. Rick Snyder is looking at the possibility of downsizing the road commissions, too.

The associations’ lobbyists said the saving are not there: “Simply saying that a level of government should just combine into one larger level as a regional basis — the cost savings just don’t seem to add up in that regard,” said Director of the County Road Association John Niemela.

“I think he is misdirecting his level of interest in what needs to be downsized or consolidated … there are several thousands other levels of government that should be looked at in the same context,” said Niemela.

Snyder will release a statement on this later in the month.

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