METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITIES ACT OF 1967 (EXCERPT)
Act 204 of 1967
124.410 Provisions applicable only to authorities other than southeastern Michigan transportation authority; provisions applicable only to southeastern Michigan transportation authority.
(1) The following subdivisions shall apply only to authorities other than the southeastern Michigan transportation authority:
(a) Authorities shall be governed by a board consisting of 9 members. The term of office of the members of the board shall be 3 years, except that of the members first appointed 3 shall be for 1 year, 3 for 2 years, and 3 for 3 years. All terms shall expire on June 30 except that members shall serve until their successors are appointed. The members of the board may be removed by the appointing authority for cause. Any vacancy in office shall be filled by the governor for the remainder of the unexpired term. The members shall annually elect a chairman and vice-chairman from among their members. The board shall hold regular monthly meetings and special meetings as necessary at times as it determines, and shall designate the time and place of those meetings. It shall adopt its own rules of procedure and shall keep a record of its proceedings. Five members constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and the affirmative vote of a majority of all the members shall be necessary for the adoption of a motion or resolution. The members of a board shall be residents of the counties included in the authority.
(b) A county choosing not to participate in an authority may withdraw by a majority vote of its elected county board of commissioners within 1 year after the establishment of the authority and by a 2/3 vote of the board of commissioners at any time thereafter. If a county withdraws from an authority pursuant to this section, the term of a member of the board from the county which withdraws shall expire at the time of the county's withdrawal.
(c) Each member of the board shall receive reimbursement for expenses incurred in the discharge of his duties as a board member. Each member of the board may receive compensation of not more than $35.00 for each meeting of the board the member attends, not exceeding 4 meetings per month. The chairman of the board may receive compensation of not more than $45.00 for each meeting of the board the chairman attends, not exceeding 4 meetings per month. A copy of the proceedings of each board meeting shall be available for public inspection during normal working hours at the offices of the board.
(d) Six members of the board shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, from lists of 3 or more names each submitted by the county boards of commissioners of member counties and the mayor of cities within the authority with a population of more than 500,000. Three members shall be appointed directly by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate.
(e) An authority shall hold a public hearing on its annual operating and capital budget, financial audits, and construction plans.
(f) An authority shall also maintain close working and coordinating relationships with the state, local, and federal agencies or other agencies to the end that duplication of effort is minimized and that the planning and implementation functions work together in the public interest to carry out the purposes of this act.
(2) The following subdivisions shall apply only to the southeastern Michigan transportation authority:
(a) The board of the southeastern Michigan transportation authority shall be composed of the chief executive officers of each county in which a city having a population of 750,000 or more is located within the area served by the southeastern Michigan transportation authority and of all other counties immediately contiguous to such city, and the representative of each such chief executive officer to be designated in the sole discretion of, and serve at the sole pleasure of, that chief executive officer. A chief executive officer may designate an alternate to serve in his or her place on the board. The counties of Livingston, Monroe, St. Clair, and Washtenaw shall be collectively represented on the board by 1 person from these counties. The counties shall determine their representative member on the board in a manner to be determined by the counties. The county from which the representative member is to be selected shall rotate among the counties at least every 2 years and the member shall be a resident of the county from which the member is to be selected. If 1 or more of the counties of Livingston, Monroe, St. Clair, and Washtenaw withdraw from the authority, the member shall rotate among, and be selected from, the remaining counties.
(b) The board by a majority vote shall adopt bylaws and rules of procedure governing its meetings. A majority vote for the adoption of bylaws and rules of procedure and for the transaction of business shall not be effective unless it includes at least 1 vote from each county in which a city having a population of 750,000 or more is located, and at least 1 vote from each county immediately contiguous to such city.
(c) The business which the board may perform shall be conducted at a public meeting of the board held in compliance with the open meetings act, Act No. 267 of the Public Acts of 1976, being sections 15.261 to 15.275 of the Michigan Compiled Laws. Public notice of the time, date, and place of the meeting shall be given in the manner required by Act No. 267 of the Public Acts of 1976.
(d) The board shall do the following:
(i) Obtain an annual audit in accordance with sections 6 to 13 of the uniform budgeting and accounting act, Act No. 2 of the Public Acts of 1968, being sections 141.426 to 141.440a of the Michigan Compiled Laws. The audit shall also be in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards as promulgated by the United States general accounting office and shall satisfy federal regulations relating to federal grant compliance audit requirements. A copy of the annual audit shall be filed with the state treasurer in accordance with section 4(2) of the uniform budgeting and accounting act, Act No. 2 of the Public Acts of 1968, and a copy shall be filed with the state transportation department in accordance with section 10h(2) of Act No. 51 of the Public Acts of 1951, being section 247.660h of the Michigan Compiled Laws.
(ii) Prepare budgets and appropriations acts in accordance with sections 14, 15(1)(a) to (g), 15(1)(i), 15(2), 16, 17, 18, and 19 of the uniform budgeting and accounting act, Act No. 2 of the Public Acts of 1968, being sections 141.434 to 141.439 of the Michigan Compiled Laws.
(iii) If ending a fiscal year in a deficit condition, file a financial plan to correct the deficit condition in the same manner as provided in section 21(2) of Act No. 140 of the Public Acts of 1971, being section 141.921 of the Michigan Compiled Laws. A copy of the financial plan shall also be filed with the state transportation department.
(e) The board may change the name of the authority by a majority vote of the members as described in subdivision (b). The board shall notify the state transportation commission within 10 days after a name change is adopted.
(f) The board shall guarantee each of the counties of Livingston, Monroe, St. Clair, and Washtenaw, as long as they remain members of the authority, the average percentage of state transportation funds allocated to the authority that each county received in the last 5 fiscal years before the effective date of this subdivision. The state transportation department shall be responsible for determining these percentages.
History: 1967, Act 204, Imd. Eff. July 10, 1967
Am. 1968, Act 233, Imd. Eff. June 26, 1968
Am. 1970, Act 250, Imd. Eff. Dec. 31, 1970
Am. 1976, Act 266, Eff. Apr. 15, 1977
Am. 1988, Act 481, Imd. Eff. Dec. 28, 1988
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