What are the sources of funding for improving Lansing's streets?

Act 51 provides funding through a gas and weight tax, which gets paid at the pump. Lansing currently received approximately $11.9 million per year; most of this is used for snow plowing, potholing, mowing, routine maintenance, etc. Of the $11.9 million, only $2.4 million is used for street repairs. The Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) provides between $1 to $1.5 million for rehabilitating major streets. The General fund is the annual amount assigned from the City's tax revenues; when the economy was poor, there was no money allocated. There is no general fund allocation in FY18. The public safety and infrastructure millage generates approximately $1.95 million per year for operational and maintenance costs including approximately $300,000 for paving local streets. All of this adds up to approximately $4.2 million annual funding.

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1. Lansing's streets seem horrible. How bad are they?
2. What causes streets to deteriorate?
3. What can be done to extend the life of pavement and prevent streets from deteriorating so quickly?
4. Why are Lansing's streets in such bad condition?
5. What are the sources of funding for improving Lansing's streets?
6. How large is the annual funding shortfall for streets and what is being done to address it?
7. What can residents do?