Baraga County Concern About Road Funding

The Baraga County Commission expressed concern last night that road-funding legislation being proposed in Lansing may be a ploy by downstate areas to grab a bigger share of the state’s road-repair revenues.

Road Commission engineer Doug Mills explained that the new legislation would give counties the right to abolish their road commissions altogether, which some larger counties wish to do.

The bill would raise the basic vehicle licensing fee.

Mills says most of the basic $120 fee will be directed to populated areas, leaving rural areas such as ours on our own.

County commission chair Mike Koskinen was less than impressed.

Hearings on the revised vehicle licensing fees continue this week in Lansing.