LANSING— Gov. Rick Snyder’s office announced Friday the recipients of the final round of Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) grants. The purpose of these grants is to facilitate cooperative efforts and sharing of services between local units of government.
The governor’s office received 50 applicants which in total requested $20 million in assistance. A committee reviewed and analyzed each application and selected those that best met the following criteria:
- Merger of two or more governmental units, occurring on or after October 1, 2011;
- Consolidation of departments and/or a unified tax system across two or more governmental units;
- Cost savings/efficiencies/taxpayer benefit;
- Completion timeframe; and
- Reimbursement of costs occurring on or after June 21, 2011, for mergers, interlocal agreements, and cooperative efforts that occur on or after October 1, 2011
The committee awarded 31 grants totaling $5 million.
State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, was pleased that two governmental units in his district were recipients of the EVIP grants. The Delta Township fire department received $180,000 and the Kalamazoo Harbor Authority received $38,000.
“I would like to congratulate Delta Township and Douglas for being selected from a large pool of applicants and thank the governor for recognizing the importance of consolidation and encouraging local governmental units to do so,” said Jones.
*Editor’s note: More information on the EVIP program can we found by following this link-http://goo.gl/Ofxpt