The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) is an independent financial entity although its funds are deposited through the Washtenaw County Treasurer.
The Board of County Road Commissioners is responsible for adoption of an annual budget and approval of all expenditures in accordance with accepted accounting principles applicable to governmental units. An annual audit is performed on the Road Commission by an independent audit firm and the results are provided to the Michigan Department of Treasury.
WCRC’s principal source of funding is the Michigan Transportation Fund (MTF). This fund is supported by vehicle registration fees and the Michigan state gas tax. WCRC’s allocation is based on a formula, which includes factors such as population and miles of certified roads.
In addition to Michigan Transportation Funds, the Road Commission contracts with the Michigan Department of Transportation to maintain the state trunklines and with each of the 20 townships within the county for specific improvement projects. WCRC also receives federal and state grants for individual projects, and may receive contributions from private developers and other governmental entities for specific improvements. The Road Commission also receives revenues from permits and other fees, special assessment districts, and interest from invested funds. The Road Commission does not receive any funding from Washtenaw County or directly from property taxes. To learn more about WCRC’s funding sources, click here.