Calhoun County Commissioner Gary Tompkins says his idea is better. The Albion Republican Commissioner says he is developing a formula to improve the distribution of state road funding.

Tompkins is telling WWMT the current  Michigan Transportation Fund forces local leaders around the state to deal with the same problems for road funding they've been dealing with for 50 years. He complains the current formula for distribution of road funding leaves rural communities without enough money to do the job right.

Tompkins claims his idea takes away the notion that urban areas need more than rural areas and bases the funding on actual road miles, not location.

The problem facing Tompkins however is that it seems no one in a decision making capacity has much interest. He says he’s talked with some state lawmakers who don’t appear to be taking his road funding formula seriously.