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Capital Improvements Plan - Where is Jackson's CIP?

FLASH UPDATE Jackson has issued a "Final" CIP in response to our expose just in time for the coming election. How convenient.

Below is the final CIP issued by Jackson. Take a look at the "Police" section and the "Public Works" section. Duplicate pages a result of throwing this together just in time for the election. Shame on the city.

Also take note of the $5.4 million spent on the unnecessary downtown street replacement. $5.4 million that could have been spent onstreet repairs and purchase of leaf vacuum equipment to keep the streets clean and free from storm sewer clogging debris and subsequent flooding.



The Municipal Planning Act (PA 33 of 2008) requires the planning commission of a city to “annually prepare a capital improvements program of public structures and improvements...in the general order of their priority that in the commissions judgment will be needed or desirable and can be undertaken within the ensuing 6-year period.” The capital improvements plan (CIP) is used as a tool to implement the City Master Plan and assist in the City's financial planning.

MCL 125.3865 Capital improvements program of public structures and improvements; preparation; basis. Sec. 65. (1) To further the desirable future development of the local unit of government under the master plan, a planning commission, after adoption of a master plan, shall annually prepare a capital improvements program of public structures and improvements, unless the planning commission is exempted from this requirement by charter or otherwise.

If the planning commission is exempted, the legislative body either shall prepare and adopt a capital improvements program, separate from or as a part of the annual budget, or shall delegate the preparation of the capital improvements program to the chief elected official or a non elected administrative official, subject to final approval by the legislative body.

The capital improvements program shall show those public structures and improvements, in the general order of their priority, that in the commission's judgment will be needed or desirable and can be undertaken within the ensuing 6-year period.

The capital improvements program shall be based upon the requirements of the local unit of government for all types of public structures and improvements. Consequently, each agency or department of the local unit of government with authority for public structures or improvements shall upon request furnish the planning commission with lists, plans, and estimates of time and cost of those public structures and improvements. (2) Any township may prepare and adopt a capital improvement program. However, subsection (1) is only mandatory for a township if the township, alone or jointly with 1 or more other local units of government, owns or operates a water supply or sewage disposal system

Neither the City of Jackson Charter nor any other documents exempts the planning commission from annually preparing a Capital Improvements Plan. The City of Jackson Planning Commission outlined a CIP in the comprehensive plan issued to the council in 2010. The city did not follow through and develop a plan..

So lets have a new park on the agenda next week. How about some street repairs? How about some more demolitions? What about some decorations on the back of downtown buildings? What about new parking lots for loosely committed developers? Lets just spend, spend, spend with no overall plan. Is this the Jackson way? See any need for a Capital Improvement Plan running a 6 year window? The state legislature does.

The City of Jackson has no Capital Improvements Program/Plan and is violation of the requirements of MCL 125.3865 even though these requirements are well known and available all over the internet. Martin Griffin voted for this legislation when he was in the house in 2008

How is it that no one in the city administration or the city council has demanded that a CIP be developed that encompasses all the programs and spending that has been going on for years without an integrated plan developed through a CIP?

As an example, below is the 6 year CIP for Royal Oak Michigan
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