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File #: 18-2120    Version: 1 Name: 12/17/18 Resolution to Encourage Support to Fund Fire Protection Grant Program
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 12/13/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: 12/17/2018 Final action: 12/17/2018
Enactment date: 12/17/2018 Enactment #: R-18-500
Title: Resolution to Encourage Support to Fund the Fire Protection Grant Program - Michigan House Bill 6348 (Substitute S-1)
Sponsors: Jane Lumm, Chip Smith, Jeff Hayner, Zachary Ackerman

Title

Resolution to Encourage Support to Fund the Fire Protection Grant Program - Michigan House Bill 6348 (Substitute S-1)

Staff

Prepared by:                     Howard S. Lazarus, City Administrator

                                          John Fournier, Assistant City Administrator

Approved by:  Howard S. Lazarus, City Administrator

Body

Whereas, Many cities in the State of Michigan provide fire protection services to State-owned institutions located in or near their communities;

 

Whereas, The local communities reliably provide those fire protection services to serve State government institutions at the primary expense of the local taxpayers;

 

Whereas, The University of Michigan has added property and buildings since Act 289 of 1977 (Payment for Fire Protection Services to Municipalities) was approved by the legislature;

 

Whereas, The University of Michigan is a state and national resource with benefits flowing throughout the region and state. The cost of protection for this asset and service should not be borne exclusively by the taxpayers of the City of Ann Arbor;

 

Whereas, The protection of these assets is a statutory duty recognized by the law of the state in Act 289 - and it is a duty which should be paid first, before new programs or enhancements of discretionary programs are considered;

 

Whereas, Full funding is actually very modest and does not account for the true cost of protecting the state’s assets, such as the University of Michigan;

 

Whereas, The State of Michigan has increased the funds available to Fire Protection Grants, but funding is still significantly less than that prescribed by the State;

 

Whereas, The State’s reliance on local communities to fund the State’s shortfall is in essence an unfunded mandate;

 

Whereas, Full funding of Fire Protection Grants could be accomplished with little impact on the State's total budget;

 

Whereas, The provision of Fire Services is an important and critical element in a local communities response to natural or man-made emergencies; and

 

Whereas, Many of the State institutions protected by local fire services are public universities housing young people from all areas of the State of Michigan;

 

RESOLVED, That the City of Ann Arbor encourages support to increase funding to the Fire Protection Grant Program and supports House Bill 6348; and

 

RESOLVED, That the City of Ann Arbor supports any and all amendments to HB 6348 that may be considered currently or in the future to increase funding for this important program; and

 

RESOLVED, That the City Clerk forward certified copies of the approved resolution to Governor Snyder, State Senator Warren, and State Representatives Rabhi and Zemke.

 

Sponsored by:  Councilmembers Lumm, Smith, Hayner and Ackerman