Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, after receiving approval last week from the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate, today signed the supplemental bill that included $200 million of support for the rebuilding of the Four Lakes dams and restoring our community's future.
This funding will significantly lower the burden on property owners for bringing back our lakes, and will ensure we will stay on track for construction.
“These appropriations have now passed through the Michigan House and Senate, and been signed by Governor Whitmer,” said Dave Kepler, president of FLTF. "We are grateful, as property owners and our community, to have a significantly lower financial burden and are pleased to know our future with beautiful lakes and safe, well-functioning dams is one step closer."
In January 2021, property owners in the Four Lakes Special Assessment District received a survey from Public Sector Consultants (PSC), a Lansing-based policy research firm, that sought to better understand how the August 2020 dam failures impacted them and to gauge property owners' willingness to pay an assessment to rebuild the dams.
There has been significant progress towards stabilizing and rebuilding the dams, including securing $200 million in state funding to pay for a substantial portion of the rebuilding costs. A new survey is in the mail that is designed to gauge if property owner opinions have changed over the past year.
Surveys will begin arriving at people's homes the week of April 11, 2022
Only one member of each household should take the survey
The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete
Participation is voluntary
Responses are confidential
Property owners are encouraged to complete the survey electronically. A survey link and unique identifier number will be included in the mailed letter