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Searchable database: Legacy costs in your community

Legacy costs are commitments made in the past that will be paid by future generations. The two biggest forms of legacy costs for local governments in Michigan are pensions and health care insurance for retired public workers.

Michigan has nearly 1,800 units of local government. Nearly 300 have some level of legacy costs. Two-thirds of Michigan’s total residents reside in communities with legacy costs.

This searchable database details the legacy costs in those communities. If your community is not listed, your community does not have or has not reported significant legacy costs.

Local community 2010 population Local government general fund revenue (2011) Total unfunded legacy costs Unfunded legacy costs for each resident Additional annual property taxes owner of a $100,000 home would pay to fully cover share of legacy costs.
Albion  8,616  3,707,414  $(7,797,230)  $(905)  $31
Algonac  4,110  $2,556,371  $1,315,031  $320  $76
Allen Park  28,210  20,084,222  $144,225,807  $5,113  $564
Alma  9,383  4,048,475  $1,232,544  $131  $68
Alpena  10,483  9,392,140  $4,367,318  $417  $201
Ann Arbor  113,934  76,744,367  $227,233,000  $1,994  $246
Au Gres  889  $527,568  $774,591  $871  $179
Auburn Hills  21,412  24,924,132  $12,728,951  $594  $47
Bangor  1,885  835,202  $1,088,581  $577  $383
Battle Creek  52,347  43,264,011  $110,945,505  $2,119  $339
Bay City  34,932  20,965,355  $144,172,802  $4,127  $1,033
Bedford Township  31,085  5,261,615  $303,275  $10  $1
Belding  5,757  2,392,965  $849,573  $148  $28
Belleville  3,991  2,404,128  $6,122,439  $1,534  $239
Benton Charter Township  14,749  8,483,856  $8,336,258  $565  $109
Berkley  14,970  9,189,384  $25,959,598  $1,734  $349
Beverly Hills Village  10,267  6,652,522  $15,619,138  $1,521  $179
Birmingham  20,103  26,057,791  $46,959,502  $2,336  $102
Blackman Charter Township  24,051  2,354,884  $7,875,671  $327  $127
Bloomfield Charter Township  41,070  37,242,298  $116,525,989  $2,837  $197
Bloomfield Hills  3,869  8,838,292  $23,301,774  $6,023  $116
Boyne City  3,735  3,703,206  $1,991,356  $533  $55
Brandon Charter Township  13,733  3,239,895  $4,745,796  $346  $59
Bridgeport Charter Township  10,514  2,301,325  $2,726,947  $259  $73
Brighton  7,444  7,933,648  $18,630,363  $2,503  $201
Brooklyn Village  1,206  488,232  $493,020  $409  $87
Brownstown Charter Township  30,627  16,985,674  $30,797,656  $1,006  $222
Bruce Township  6,947  1,798,297  $6,901,466  $993  $100
Buena Vista Charter Township  8,676  5,209,326  $4,511,833  $520  $83
Burton  29,999  7,739,779  $37,905,620  $1,264  $177
Cadillac  10,355  7,340,547  $5,243,175  $506  $195
Canton Charter Township  90,173  55,086,954  $96,711,391  $1,073  $110
Capac Village  1,890  700,075  $2,773,052  $1,467  $189
Center Line  8,257  7,867,568  $54,045,925  $6,545  $904
Charlotte  9,074  4,900,457  $11,257,728  $1,241  $154
Cheboygan  4,867  2,303,102  $4,034,559  $829  $121
Chelsea  4,944  4,024,716  $10,357,459  $2,095  $238
Chesterfield Township  43,381  19,243,998  $18,194,939  $419  $68
Clawson  11,825  6,759,628  $21,788,770  $1,843  $291
Clay Township  9,066  3,936,720  $7,001,633  $772  $125
Clinton Charter Township  96,796  46,931,265  $79,491,659  $821  $153
Clio  2,646  1,185,819  $1,717,603  $649  $329
Coleman  1,243  551,645  $835,150  $672  $249
Cooper Charter Township  10,111  1,223,547  $502,399  $50  $15
Corunna  3,497  1,625,580  $3,204,830  $916  $301
Croswell  2,447  1,205,297  $4,802,948  $1,963  $435
Crystal Falls  1,469  966,698  $6,222,212  $4,236  $865
Davison  5,173  2,194,268  $12,061,222  $2,332  $572
Davison Township  19,575  5,597,261  $5,717,508  $292  $63
Dearborn  98,153  94,816,168  $203,779,109  $2,076  $345
Dearborn Heights  57,774  31,854,617  $137,183,442  $2,374  $497
Delhi Charter Township  25,877  10,453,055  $3,114,930  $120  $27
Delta Charter Township  32,408  11,504,986  $10,615,989  $328  $36
Detroit  713,777  1,220,258,093  $5,586,937,313  $7,827  $2,512
DeWitt  4,507  2,781,518  $7,592,480  $1,685  $364
Dexter Village  4,067  2,958,938  $2,329,640  $573  $73
Dowagiac  5,879  3,243,048  $8,367,406  $1,423  $341
Durand  3,446  1,861,156  $4,357,485  $1,265  $242
East China Township  3,788  1,687,178  $4,234,388  $1,118  $30
East Grand Rapids  10,694  10,055,332  $8,409,915  $786  $81
East Lansing  48,579  34,032,643  $89,217,993  $1,837  $478
Eastpointe  32,442  19,730,526  $58,201,645  $1,794  $467
Eaton Rapids  5,214  1,716,244  $16,066,244  $3,081  $655
Ecorse  9,512  14,605,614  $60,794,028  $6,391  $617
Egelston Township  9,909  1,910,436  $1,392,000  $140  $48
Essexville  3,478  1,225,204  $6,331,308  $1,820  $356
Farmington  10,372  7,903,041  $11,106,535  $1,071  $198
Farmington Hills  79,740  44,736,993  $57,752,770  $724  $99
Fenton  11,756  5,425,548  $14,422,421  $1,227  $145
Fenton Charter Township  15,552  3,205,657  $930,626  $60  $8
Ferndale  19,900  16,992,544  $30,956,872  $1,556  $320
Flat Rock  9,878  7,590,243  $22,238,482  $2,251  $220
Flint  102,434  67,173,919  $1,112,098,934  $10,857  $2,840
Flint Charter Township  31,929  11,201,677  $22,751,532  $713  $86
Flushing  8,389  3,869,085  $20,994,933  $2,503  $405
Flushing Charter Township  10,640  2,185,597  $3,241,119  $305  $40
Fort Gratiot Charter Township  11,108  2,952,928  $550,836  $50  $8
Frankenmuth  4,944  3,983,081  $2,828,903  $572  $57
Frankfort  1,286  1,437,734  $1,924,681  $1,497  $112
Franklin Village  3,150  1,933,163  $2,776,418  $881  $41
Fraser  14,480  13,363,743  $78,449,068  $5,418  $631
Fremont  4,081  3,047,212  $3,223,545  $790  $108
Frenchtown Township  20,428  8,558,927  $5,148,070  $252  $34
Fruitport Charter Township  12,505  2,987,639  $1,783,000  $143  $26
Garden City  27,692  18,409,603  $119,810,248  $4,327  $598
Garfield Charter Township  16,256  5,094,807  $187,767  $12  $1
Gaylord  3,645  2,596,868  $3,235,637  $888  $106
Genesee Charter Township  21,581  6,053,237  $6,932,093  $321  $232
Gibraltar  4,656  3,146,715  $9,782,937  $2,101  $259
Gladstone  4,973  2,308,191  $9,457,601  $1,902  $413
Grand Blanc  8,276  3,735,934  $5,100,103  $616  $93
Grand Blanc Charter Township  37,508  12,982,396  $16,098,638  $429  $74
Grand Haven  10,412  11,300,814  $6,361,420  $611  $141
Grand Haven Charter Township  15,178  3,751,938  $191,727  $13  $1
Grand Ledge  7,786  2,662,023  $1,876,927  $241  $39
Grand Rapids  188,040  102,210,726  $325,040,512  $1,729  $270
Grandville  15,378  8,757,809  $6,712,893  $437  $71
Green Oak Township  17,476  4,915,482  $2,958,076  $169  not available
Grosse Ile Township  10,371  7,156,243  $27,616,536  $2,663  $160
Grosse Pointe  5,421  5,568,968  $4,623,284  $853  $83
Grosse Pointe Farms  9,479  12,491,919  $28,145,284  $2,969  $213
Grosse Pointe Park  11,555  10,152,770  $21,261,895  $1,840  $130
Grosse Pointe Woods  16,135  12,445,371  $64,533,150  $4,000  $440
Groveland Township  5,476  2,561,100  $613,347  $112  $21
Hampton Charter Township  9,652  4,221,866  $7,153,181  $741  $55
Hamtramck  22,423  17,308,211  $86,259,760  $3,847  $1,105
Harbor Beach  1,703  2,044,156  $1,146,832  $673  $74
Harbor Springs  1,194  2,069,832  $2,832,300  $2,372  $71
Harper Woods  14,236  9,459,911  $69,233,594  $4,863  $675
Harrison Charter Township  24,587  9,133,080  $49,809,176  $2,026  $163
Hart  2,126  1,270,636  $3,374,984  $1,587  $347
Hastings  7,350  4,984,282  $19,217,332  $2,615  $424
Hazel Park  16,422  14,387,222  $81,160,555  $4,942  $1,225
Highland Charter Township  19,202  5,657,574  $1,700,747  $89  $11
Highland Park  11,776  12,087,629  $39,562,184  $3,360  $1,109
Holland  33,051  16,200,357  $35,541,895  $1,075  $161
Holland Charter Township  35,636  10,983,627  $374,568  $11  $87
Holly Village  6,086  2,819,814  $4,200,251  $690  $119
Houghton  7,708  3,266,857  $824,068  $107  $44
Howell  9,489  6,838,779  $15,510,767  $1,635  $184
Huntington Woods  6,238  6,404,088  $18,251,925  $2,926  $232
Huron Charter Township  15,879  7,727,116  $18,876,861  $1,189  $173
Imlay City  3,597  2,365,255  $1,706,995  $475  $96
Independence Charter Township  34,681  17,145,813  $7,090,420  $204  $28
Inkster  25,369  16,513,401  $34,127,943  $1,345  $566
Iron Mountain  7,624  5,883,435  $34,453,497  $4,519  $506
Jackson  33,534  21,286,101  $77,684,772  $2,317  $482
Kalamazoo  74,262  54,823,297  $134,052,705  $1,805  $695
Kalamazoo Charter Township  21,918  7,018,007  $6,432,195  $293  $84
Kalkaska Village  2,020  823,417  $7,795,847  $3,859  $532
Keego Harbor  2,970  2,369,894  $1,843,182  $621  $84
Kentwood  48,707  17,567,321  $3,128,906  $64  $35
Lake Orion Village  2,973  2,204,247  $3,431,206  $1,154  $124
Laketon Township  7,563  1,411,198  $633,000  $84  $19
Lansing  114,297  107,585,783  $502,405,000  $4,396  $866
Lansing Charter Township  8,126  3,917,893  $7,352,882  $905  $150
Lapeer  8,841  7,298,803  $24,599,041  $2,782  $514
Lathrup Village  4,075  3,760,061  $7,941,698  $1,949  $249
Leoni Township  13,807  1,793,197  $1,358,117  $98  $21
Lexington Village  1,178  801,062  $1,991,328  $1,690  $200
Lincoln Park  38,144  23,696,056  $167,268,790  $4,385  $808
Linden  3,991  2,057,331  $1,128,873  $283  $62
Livonia  96,942  46,845,189  $84,033,000  $867  $76
Long Lake Township  8,662  1,663,886  $179,764  $21  $2
Lowell  3,783  2,369,131  $4,577,217  $1,210  $183
Ludington  8,076  5,436,619  $6,476,753  $802  $150
Luna Pier  1,436  1,336,741  $4,562,755  $3,177  $117
Lyon Charter Township  14,545  4,118,102  $936,957  $64  $10
Mackinaw City Village  806  1,649,030  $285,869  $355  $23
Macomb Township  79,580  14,069,695  $6,412,735  $81  $24
Madison Heights  29,694  25,286,081  $64,653,736  $2,177  $258
Manchester Village  2,091  1,215,791  $92,709  $44  $11
Manistique  3,097  2,169,794  $8,217,144  $2,653  $518
Marine City  4,248  3,092,248  $6,930,000  $1,631  $203
Marquette  21,355  17,137,992  $32,712,852  $1,532  $254
Marshall  7,088  4,975,433  $18,217,282  $2,570  $248
Marysville  9,959  7,832,727  $20,896,803  $2,098  $281
Mason  8,252  5,022,168  $5,252,675  $637  $87
Melvindale  10,715  9,490,666  $79,462,584  $7,416  $1,149
Meridian Charter Township  39,688  17,346,633  $23,265,682  $586  $73
Middleville Village  3,319  1,005,159  $452,597  $136  $40
Midland  41,863  36,423,282  $114,392,159  $2,733  $272
Milan  5,836  4,170,601  $9,079,861  $1,556  $321
Milford Charter Township  9,561  6,567,787  $1,071,192  $112  $9
Milford Village  6,175  5,438,606  $4,685,655  $759  $99
Monroe  20,733  15,761,467  $36,133,137  $1,743  $337
Montague  2,361  1,555,587  $2,463,000  $1,043  $148
Montrose  1,657  795,040  $1,884,877  $1,138  $354
Morton Township  3,854  891,868  $263,140  $68  $9
Mount Clemens  16,314  8,877,989  $47,276,893  $2,898  $4,608
Mount Morris  3,086  1,556,460  $5,089,084  $1,649  $52
Mount Morris Township  21,501  6,093,730  $29,462,448  $1,370  $365
Mount Pleasant  26,016  11,566,955  $8,217,815  $316  $186
Mundy Township  15,082  5,363,857  $3,386,854  $225  $40
Muskegon  38,401  24,027,329  $10,345,000  $269  $159
Muskegon Charter Township  17,840  4,798,967  $8,535,000  $478  $133
Muskegon Heights  10,856  6,056,719  $18,566,120  $1,710  $581
New Baltimore  12,084  5,649,936  $9,883,508  $818  $179
Newberry Village  1,519  1,075,207  $3,131,807  $2,062  $761
Niles  11,600  5,682,970  $5,939,986  $512  $169
North Muskegon  3,786  2,152,995  $3,855,000  $1,018  $144
Northville  5,970  6,025,013  $23,376,023  $3,916  $362
Northville Township  28,497  16,128,750  $7,098,236  $249  $41
Norton Shores  23,994  8,493,671  $51,381,043  $2,141  $214
Norway  2,845  2,249,578  $8,507,667  $2,990  $585
Novi  55,224  24,475,135  $32,031,753  $580  $62
Oak Park  29,319  18,877,484  $125,209,460  $4,271  $690
Orchard Lake Village  2,375  2,166,584  $1,737,144  $731  $34
Oshtemo Charter Township  21,705  5,426,883  $738,887  $34  $5
Otsego  3,956  2,030,884  $157,689  $40  $-
Owosso  15,194  6,281,281  $890,279  $59  $77
Oxford Charter Township  17,090  3,930,193  $1,516,806  $89  $16
Parchment  1,804  2,405,930  $807,991  $448  $68
Park Township  17,802  3,143,866  $163,644  $9  $2
Pentwater Village  857  1,106,689  $1,056,744  $1,233  $72
Perry  2,188  1,114,225  $1,493,101  $682  $219
Petoskey  5,670  5,850,653  $3,161,613  $558  $64
Pittsfield Charter Township  34,663  14,550,209  $10,499,548  $303  $40
Plainfield Charter Township  30,952  7,882,013  $3,275,688  $106  $15
Plainwell  3,804  2,080,503  $1,100,312  $289  $49
Pleasant Ridge  2,526  2,367,114  $5,559,291  $2,201  $181
Plymouth  9,132  7,025,784  $21,570,784  $2,362  $203
Plymouth Charter Township  27,524  12,599,102  $23,739,797  $863  $60
Pontiac  59,515  35,632,707  $181,514,825  $3,050  $807
Port Huron  30,184  21,274,398  $85,479,000  $2,832  $461
Port Huron Charter Township  10,654  2,588,490  $928,664  $87  $24
Portage  46,292  22,725,014  $(1,050,900)  $(23)  $2
Portland  3,883  2,133,904  $8,696,032  $2,240  $440
Raisinville Township  5,816  756,068  $200,334  $34  $6
Redford Charter Township  48,362  26,905,615  $150,273,416  $3,107  $515
Richfield Township  8,730  2,026,993  $1,960,517  $225  $27
Richland Township  4,144  1,077,194  $2,284,406  $551  $78
River Rouge  7,903  10,360,484  $88,923,694  $11,252  $1,183
Riverview  12,486  7,928,388  $42,534,763  $3,407  $594
Rochester  12,711  9,857,756  $5,185,413  $408  $53
Rochester Hills  70,995  24,947,927  $1,436,359  $20  $2
Rockwood  3,289  2,397,584  $4,440,899  $1,350  $297
Rogers City  2,827  1,794,456  $4,297,132  $1,520  $233
Romeo Village  3,596  2,901,989  $7,140,380  $1,986  $184
Romulus  23,989  17,429,793  $67,582,532  $2,817  $218
Roosevelt Park  3,831  2,232,066  $1,901,000  $496  $95
Rose Township  6,250  1,261,950  $35,888  $6  not available
Roseville  47,299  36,016,156  $110,169,799  $2,329  $393
Royal Oak  57,236  31,815,268  $158,465,000  $2,769  $419
Saginaw  51,508  33,318,277  $311,646,267  $6,050  $2,346
Saginaw Charter Township  40,840  12,344,364  $10,893,313  $267  $39
Saline  8,810  7,478,253  $12,834,450  $1,457  $160
Sandusky  2,679  1,841,253  $2,109,795  $788  $136
Scio Township  16,470  4,004,616  $1,220,224  $74  $8
Shelby Charter Township  73,804  45,093,402  $96,325,039  $1,305  $184
South Haven  4,403  5,590,959  $218,166  $50  $28
South Lyon  11,327  4,903,081  $3,452,502  $305  $69
Southfield  71,739  56,989,174  $206,168,452  $2,874  $263
Southfield Township  19  640,368  $37,316  $1,964  $1
Southgate  30,047  19,348,588  $80,418,790  $2,676  $436
Sparta Village  4,140  1,568,389  $1,833,924  $443  $68
Spring Lake Township  11,977  2,053,376  $803,663  $67  $4
Spring Lake Village  2,323  1,831,225  $1,082,064  $466  $56
Springfield  5,260  2,136,487  $3,185,886  $606  $200
Springfield Charter Township  13,940  4,084,561  $-  $-  $-
St. Charles Village  2,054  859,176  $1,948,246  $949  $236
St. Clair  5,485  4,038,941  $9,839,972  $1,794  $197
St. Clair Shores  59,715  38,755,777  $144,047,857  $2,412  $380
St. Ignace  2,452  1,784,677  $4,831,272  $1,970  $276
Sterling Heights  129,699  85,942,718  $192,542,086  $1,485  $207
Sturgis  10,994  7,126,652  $17,088,388  $1,554  $533
Summit Township  22,508  3,257,520  $6,018,927  $267  $52
Swartz Creek  5,758  1,769,508  $1,963,846  $341  $2
Sylvan Lake  1,720  1,388,758  $1,787,317  $1,039  $78
Taylor  63,131  51,147,197  $276,925,086  $4,387  $680
Tecumseh  8,521  5,022,791  $3,483,039  $409  $101
Thetford Township  7,049  1,211,564  $1,908,409  $271  $96
Three Rivers  7,811  4,014,151  $3,131,493  $401  $93
Tittabawassee Township  9,726  1,868,728  $(7,045)  $(1)  $8
Traverse City  14,674  12,843,413  $33,167,749  $2,260  $219
Trenton  18,853  18,528,399  $62,761,534  $3,329  $353
Troy  80,980  50,830,129  $42,639,000  $527  $68
Union City Village  1,599  435,923  $1,291,327  $808  $284
Utica  4,757  5,940,701  $5,993,608  $1,260  $164
Van Buren Charter Township  28,821  12,646,838  $18,430,381  $639  $116
Vassar  2,697  1,568,949  $1,777,929  $659  $168
Vienna Charter Township  13,255  2,961,875  $1,640,729  $124  $32
Village of Grosse Pointe Shores  3,008  5,487,046  $9,521,689  $3,165  $192
Wakefield  1,851  1,078,934  $1,688,831  $912  $260
Walker  23,537  12,687,287  $12,628,108  $537  $64
Walled Lake  6,999  5,192,533  $9,943,840  $1,421  $170
Warren  134,056  87,767,342  $414,548,667  $3,092  $362
Washington Township  23,296  6,373,209  $(135,023)  $(6)  $0
Waterford Charter Township  71,707  34,231,583  $186,695,861  $2,604  $323
Wayne  17,593  17,410,951  $57,574,033  $3,273  $538
West Bloomfield Charter Township  64,690  34,017,858  $62,045,747  $959  $129
West Branch  2,139  1,440,444  $917,376  $429  $100
Westland  84,094  50,840,181  $228,793,659  $2,721  $425
White Lake Charter Township  30,019  11,118,361  $13,178,540  $439  $74
Whitehall  2,706  1,991,070  $1,226,375  $453  $88
Williamston  3,854  2,681,096  $2,758,212  $716  $68
Wixom  13,498  8,303,744  $11,393,235  $844  $102
Wolverine Lake Village  4,312  2,278,617  $1,439,796  $334  $27
Woodhaven  12,875  12,368,184  $31,021,119  $2,409  $262
Wyandotte  25,883  22,733,669  $90,126,856  $3,482  $740
Wyoming  72,125  24,770,277  $58,535,137  $812  $211
Ypsilanti  19,435  13,161,672  $13,580,372  $699  $304
Ypsilanti Charter Township  53,362  12,513,893  $20,171,705  $378  $87
Zeeland  5,504  5,826,488  $3,178,735  $578  $99

Source: “Funding the Legacy: The Cost of Municipal Workers’ Retirement Benefits to Michigan Communities,” (March 2013), by the Michigan State University Extension. Principal author Eric Scorsone provided spreadsheets and data used to create this searchable database.

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