The State of Michigan passed Public Act 63 of 2011, the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP). Marquette County must comply with the required reporting in order to qualify for the County’s portion of revenue share funding from the State of Michigan.

A solid fiscal foundation is essential to Marquette County’s ability to provide services, whether the services are locally-determined priorities or state-mandated services. Fortunately, Marquette County has been an area of relative stability amid decline in the Upper Peninsula and Michigan. Marquette County’s economy has grown and diversified.

Economic stability and fiscal discipline have allowed Marquette County to be a leading service provider and a significant contributor to the qualities that make our area desirable to residents, businesses, and visitors. Marquette County was one of only eight counties to receive a perfect fiscal health rating from the State of Michigan.

Cooperative efforts and collaboration are not new to Marquette County. Department managers and elected officials deserve recognition for their efforts to improve services to the citizens of Marquette County by creating efficiencies and controlling costs. Each department has creatively managed its budget in the new economic reality and continues to do so.

Maintaining services and increasing reserves are notable accomplishments in these challenging economic times. The Marquette County Board of Commissioners should be commended for establishing policies and setting priorities that have allowed the county to do just that.

What follows is a narrative outlining Marquette County’s efforts to collaborate/consolidate services both internally and with other local municipalities. Click on the link below to view/print a pdf copy of this Plan.  A hard copy of the plan will be available to the general public in the County Clerk’s office.

Cooperation, Collaboration and Consolidation of Services Plan