Roads Millage

Canton Roads You Decide
Updated--August 7, 2018

See the Overall Condition Index of Canton Roads--Three different scenarios

Read the Canton Roads Task Force Recommendations and Board Action

Read the July Focus newsletter featuring all things roads here.

Wayne County has provided Canton with a letter of support and commitment. Read it here

How much is the millage?
The millage is 1.45 mills, which is expected to generate approximately $5.6 million in the first year.

How will it be used?
The revenue would go directly to public road maintenance and repairs in Canton, including pedestrian pathway improvements and storm water drainage improvements when related to specific public roads projects, as well as costs of engineering and acquiring right-of-way. The funds generated will be used on Canton’s County-owned subdivision roads, County-owned primary roads and State-owned roads. The following is a breakdown of targeted investment strategy:

  • Major County Roads--55%
  • Local County Subdivision Roads--30%
  • State Roads--15%
View the major roads improvement estimate for 2019 (PDF)

Can the funds be used for anything other than roads?
No. Every cent will stay in Canton and be used as described above.

How long will the millage last?
If approved, the millage would be in place for 20 years.

How much will this cost me?
To figure out how much this will cost annually, take the taxable value of your home and multiply it by .00145. A millage calculator can also be found at the bottom of this page. 

I pay a lot of taxes to Canton Township each year. Where does it all go?
Canton collects the taxes and then distributes them to many different taxing entities, such as the schools, library and Wayne County. As the chart depicts (based on Plymouth-Canton school district), the revenue that remains in Canton is distributed to the Police, Fire and the General Fund. None of the General Fund dollars are spent on roads. Additionally, the 20% of your property taxes that go to Wayne County go towards Wayne County-owned parks, jails and operating expenses. None of your property tax dollars are specifically earmarked for roads.

Could the budgeted $1.1 million subsidy for golf courses be directed to road improvements in Canton instead?
No. Those funds are used to cover debt payments on the bonds the Township issued to cover the cost of construction, maintenance and improvements of the golf courses. Whether or not the golf courses are operating, those debt payments must still be made each year.

How will Canton determine what improvements are needed?
Canton uses the Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER) system to objectively evaluate pavement conditions based on a windshield survey technique on a scale of 1-10 (10 is best). See Canton's PASER ratings here. More information can be found here

How are Canton roads currently funded?
Canton’s ongoing road maintenance and improvement services are provided by Wayne County and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Those services are funded primarily through state Public Act 51 fuel taxes and registration fees. The County and MDOT decide where and how the funds are spent. None of your property taxes go toward roads. A much more detailed explanation can be found here.

Will the millage cover ALL of the costs of maintaining, improving and reconstructing roads in Canton?

No. This will be used to supplement maintenance and repairs in Canton by Wayne County and MDOT.

Some of my subdivision roads were recently reconstructed. Will this millage benefit me?
Yes, it would provide funds that could be used to maintain your street going forward to keep the “good roads good,”  as well as simultaneously improve other mile roads throughout the community.

What is a local private road vs. a local subdivision road?
Almost 30% of the neighborhood roads in Canton are privately owned. These roads were created as part of the development under the State site condominium laws. Private roads are owned by those who own property within the development. As such, the responsibility for reconstruction, maintenance and repair of private roads rests 100% with these property owners.

The other 70% of the neighborhood roads are publicly owned by Wayne County. Unfortunately the road funding received by the County from Public Act 51 is not sufficient to adequately maintain and repair these local roads. To see if you live on a public or private road, click here

Will I still have to pay to fix roads in my subdivision?
Yes, but the amount will be significantly reduced. The local match will be anywhere between 5-20%, based on the size of the project:
Project Size Range Maximum Local Match Millage $ Available
$20,000 - $50,000 5% or $1,000 - $2,500 $19,000 - $47,500 
$50,001 - $100,000 10% or $5,000 - $10,000 $45,000 - $90,000 
$100,001 - $200,000 20% or $20,000 - $40,000 $80,000 - $160,000

How will this millage help Ford Road?
Over the past nine years, Canton has unsuccessfully applied for Federal Grant monies (i.e. TIGER grants) for the Ford Road Boulevard project. In order for the project to be more viable and attractive for funding, Canton has to make it more “shovel-ready,” meaning ready for actual construction to begin. 

With that in mind, the next step in the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) - Ford Road Boulevard project is to complete the detailed engineering design to roughly 30%. These plans would then allow the engineers to determine the amount of property required along Ford Road to install the boulevard between Haggerty Road and Canton Center Road. Once complete, appraisers will undertake the task of negotiating the purchase of this property with the private property owners. In 2013, the amount of property was estimated to be roughly 2.35 acres along the 2.5 mile long stretch of Ford Road.

MDOT requires the property be obtained prior to commencing construction. As such, completing this important phase will allow MDOT to schedule the timing of the boulevard construction project. 

The millage allocated to “State Roads” would position Canton to cover the costs of its share of the MDOT - Ford Road Boulevard project.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has provided Canton with a letter of support, in which MDOT commits to adding the Ford Road Boulevard Project to their Five-Year Transportation Plan, should the millage pass. Read it here. The letter from Canton requesting the support can be read here.

Why is a boulevard the solution to Ford Road safety concerns?
A creation of a boulevard was the recommended alternative in the 2013 traffic and environmental study approved by Canton Township, MDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. You can read more about it here.
Also, the boulevard is projected to decrease crashes by 35% which would save area drivers a projected $4 million per year in vehicle damage due to accidents. Review the Ford Road crash statistics here.

If you would like to submit a question via email, write to Those questions may be added to the FAQs on this page.

Calculate Your Estimated Additional Cost

To determine your estimated additional cost of this Road Millage, multiply your home's taxable value by .00145.


Home's Taxable Value $125,000
Multiply $125,000 x .00145 $181.25

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