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Can the Township enter into a contract to sell public property?

A Township can only enter into such a sales contract if the property is no longer being used for a public purpose. Michigan courts have defined “public purpose” to mean something that “has for its objective the promotion of the public health, safety, morals, general welfare, security, prosperity, and contentment of all the inhabitants within the municipal corporation.” Therefore, a township cannot contract to sell property that continues to serve any of the above-listed purposes.

 

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