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The Assessing Department is responsible for the preparation of the annual Assessment Roll which is completed in accordance with the General Property Tax Act (GPTA). The Assessing Department follows the GPTA and State Tax Commission (STC) guidelines in order to determine taxable status, true cash value, assessed value, and taxable value for all real and personal property within Clinton Township.
Assessed Value is defined by state law as 50% of the market value of the property as of December 31st of the preceding year. Once equalized and approved by the STC your Assessed Value becomes the State Equalized Value (SEV) and this figure, along with Taxable Value, appears on your property tax bill.
Taxable Value is derived from a formula created by Proposal A in 1994 which was designed to limit rises in property taxes by "capping" and restricting the rise in Taxable Value to the rate of inflation. Disregarding transfers of ownership or changes to your property, each year your Taxable Value can rise 5% or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. However, your Taxable Value cannot be higher than your Assessed Value.
Your property tax amount is determined by multiplying your Taxable Value by the millage rate.
Millage rate totals will vary depending on which school district your property is located within. There are five school districts operating wholly or partially within Clinton Township:
Therefore it is possible for two properties to have the same Taxable Value but a different property tax amount because they are in different school districts and are subject to different millages.
Other amounts may appear on your tax bill but they are not taxes and are not calculated using your Taxable Value. These items may include:
All values are calculated according to State Tax Commission (STC) standards. Property valuation in Michigan is a mass appraisal system that incorporates the cost approach, the sales comparison approach, and the income approach to value. Each year the assessor is required to analyze sales within economic neighborhoods using a two-year study. The results of the studies are applied to the neighborhoods so that assessed values are at 50% of market value.
No. By state law, Assessed Value is not half its purchase price but instead half of its market value. Section 211.27(6) of Michigan Complied Law states:
The purchase price paid in a transfer of property is not the presumptive true cash value of the property transferred. In determining the true cash value of transferred property, an assessing officer shall assess that property using the same valuation method used to value all other property of that same classification in the assessing jurisdiction.
Maybe not; in 1994 voters passed Proposal A to help curb the fast rise in property taxes. Assessed Values are still calculated in the same way, however Proposal A created a separate value on which to base property taxes (Taxable Value). So while the Assessed Value may climb at a fast rate in accordance with the market, the formula under Proposal A “caps” the Taxable Value of a property and keeps it from growing as fast as the Assessed Value. Therefore a gap can form between the two values and the gap generally increases over time.
However, in the year following an eligible transfer of ownership, the Taxable Value is “uncapped” and made equal to the Assessed Value, but only for that year following the transfer. When a parcel is uncapped there could be a substantial increase in the property taxes for the new owner depending on the difference between the Assessed and Taxable Values of the property. As such, it’s possible for every property in your area to have different Taxable Values and different property taxes.
If you own and occupy your home as your primary residence you may qualify for the Principal Residence Exemption (PRE). This exempts you from a portion of your local school operating millage. To claim a PRE you must file the form at the Assessing Department. When you no longer qualify you must file the rescission.
Please visit the State of Michigan website for information and guidelines regarding the PRE.
There is a poverty exemption which is asset and income-based. Please see our department page for this year’s Poverty Exemption application.
There is also an exemption for disabled veterans or their surviving spouse. If you are a disabled veteran or a surviving spouse of a disabled veteran please contact the Assessing Department for more information.
A Property Transfer Affidavit (PTA) must be filed whenever real estate or some types of personal property are transferred (even if you are not recording a deed or the transfer occurs via a land contract). The form is used by the assessor to ensure the property is assessed appropriately and to make the proper transfer of ownership determination.
The PTA must be filed by the buyer/grantee at the Assessing Department within 45 days of the transfer. If the PTA is not timely filed then the owner is subject to a penalty. For residential property, the penalty is $5 per day (maximum $200). For commercial and industrial property, the penalty is $20 per day ($1,000 maximum).
The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered that information about the financing of property sales must be gathered. The purpose of the form is to determine whether favorable financing provided by the seller may have caused the sale price to increase, i.e. mortgage amounts, interest rates, and any personal property received by the buyer, etc. If so, any increase in price due to favorable seller-provided financing must be removed before the sale is considered for property assessment study purposes.
Information disclosed on Real Property Statements is confidential and will only be shared with the:
First please review your property information online or at the Assessing Department to ensure accuracy. Assessing staff are here to help you understand your assessment and property record.
If you wish to appeal your assessment you may do so at the March Board of Review. This is the only time of the year you may appeal your assessment locally. For residential property a proper, timely-filed appeal to the March Board of Review is required if you wish to appeal further to the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
Assessment Change Notices are mailed near the end of February each year. The notice will show your previous values as well as the tentative new values for the new year.
The information on how to appeal to the March Board of Review, including dates, times, and the filing deadline is at the bottom of the notice form. March Board of Review details will also be posted on our website, in the local newspaper, and at the Civic Center.
Yes, but the agent (or family member, neighbor, etc) MUST have a signed letter of authorization from the appealing taxpayer at the time of appeal.
If you have an in-person appointment then the Assessing Department will have a petition form waiting for you at check-in. If you submit a written appeal, you do not need a specific form or petition, but please ensure your written appeal has all of your information including name, parcel, address, phone number, and a signature.
No, all appeals must be made in-person or by letter (received in our office prior to the deadline, see above March Board of Review notice for details).
Rules governing the use of private property are intended to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of all citizens. The Building Department is responsible for enforcing the provisions of Township Ordinances, State Building Codes, and Property Maintenance Codes. Each ordinance also contains penalties that may be imposed when a property owner refuses to correct a cited violation.
Any citizen may file a complaint whenever they observe conditions, uses of property, or structures that they suspect are improper. Knowledge of Ordinances or Codes is not required since the enforcement staff makes this evaluation.
Except where an immediate hazard exists, compliance actions begin with a written complaint or email from a citizen or another public agency. View our Ordinance Enforcement Complaint Form (PDF).
Except for issues where an immediate threat to health and safety exist, initial inspection of the site will normally occur within 5 to 10 business days. Resolutions, however, can take weeks, months, and sometimes longer depending upon the complexity and legal ramifications involved.
Clinton Township Television (CTTV) is broadcast on the following provider channels:COMCAST Channel 5 programs/messagesChannel 12 messages onlyWOW Channel 10 programs/messagesChannel 18 messages onlyAT&T/U-VerseChannel 99 to access CTTV programs and messages only
LivestreamCTTV can be streamed at https://www.clintontownship.com/431/CTTV-Livestream
Call your cable TV provider for service or billing issues. Phone numbers are provided below.
AT&T Customer Service: 1-800-288-2020
Comcast Customer Service: 1-800-266-2278
Customer Service: 1-866-496-9669
If you have questions about your cable TV service or monthly bill, contact your provider (see links and phone numbers below). CTTV does not handle cable customer billing issues. If you are not able to reach your particular provider, please email us at CTTV@clintontownship.com.
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Each site is closed for lunch from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm There is an option: We will be offering a “Lunch Pass”. For an additional $45 for the summer, your child will be supervised at the site by our staff! Lunch is not provided, you must provide your own lunch.
Each Monday the day camp staff will have a newsletter and lesson plan available for each day of the week. These will also be available here on our website. This will help your child attend the activities they are most interested in.
This program can be a great addition to your child’s summer but it is not a daycare program. Children should not come all day, every day unless they are prepared to take part in each activity. For the most positive experience, review the weekly lesson plan with your child and plan their week accordingly.
Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. In the event of a fire, you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape safely. That’s why smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level of your home, including the basement.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that displaces oxygen in your body and brain and can render you unconscious before you even realize it. Without vital oxygen, you are at risk of death from carbon monoxide poisoning in a short time. CO alarms detect the presence of carbon monoxide and alert you so you can get out, call 9-1-1, and let the professionals check your home.
Choose a carbon monoxide alarm listed with a testing laboratory, meaning it has met specific standards for protection. Whether you select a unit that requires yearly changing of batteries or one you change at the end of the 10 years, either will provide you with protection.
CO alarms also have a battery backup. For the best protection, use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are interconnected throughout the home. These can be installed by a qualified electrician so that when one sounds, they all sound. This ensures you can hear the alarm no matter where you are in your home.
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For questions or information on solid waste collection call GFL Environmental USA Inc. at 844-464-3587. For other issues, call the Department of Public Services at 586-286-9300.
Please click here, to view agendas and minutes for the Board of Trustees, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), Board of Ethics, Budget Ways & Means Committee, and other commissions and committees.
Click to search the Codified Ordinances of the Charter Township of Clinton, Michigan.
For questions or information on solid waste collection call GFL Environmental USA Inc. at 844-464-3587.
For questions about permits, please contact the Building Department, at 586-286-9323.
The general property tax funds school districts, townships, villages, cities, and counties of the state. The tax rate, or millage, is the number of dollars the property owner must pay for each $1,000 of taxable value. This rate varies by local unit, but certain statewide constitutional and statutory restrictions exist.
Your property tax is determined by multiplying your total local millage rate by your taxable value. The Michigan Department of Treasury now has a property tax estimator on its website.
Clinton Township residents are served by five local school districts, thus summer millage rates are not the same throughout the Township.
The Spongy Moth is a foreign pest with few native predators to keep populations in check. Caterpillars feed on tree leaves, preferring those of oak, aspen, poplar, and birch. When those are not available, other tree species and evergreens are also at risk. Large populations can defoliate entire wooded areas. Caterpillars in large numbers and their waste (frass) are a nuisance on residential property. Spongy Moth can not be eradicated, but they can be suppressed to tolerable levels.
The aerial application of Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis variety kurstaki) is used to reduce high populations of Spongy Moth caterpillars at sites that meet MDA requirements for spraying. Bt is a naturally occurring bacterium found in the soil and is not harmful to pets, birds, fish, wildlife, plants, beneficial insects, and humans. Bt is applied when the caterpillars are young (usually in May) to insure the greatest impact in reducing numbers. Alternative mechanical techniques, such as tree banding and egg mass scraping, also reduce caterpillar numbers. The Suppression Program recommends the use of a combination of methods.
The Spongy Moth life cycle has four main stages, and takes one year to complete:
The first part of August, female moths deposit their eggs forming buff or tan colored “masses” that are oval shaped, firm, and about the size of a quarter. These egg masses contain between 50 and 1,500 eggs. Egg masses are laid on any surface, such as rocks, woodpiles, decks, buildings, outdoor equipment and, of course, tree bark. (It is helpful to keep yards clean and free of debris where adult moths could lay their eggs.) Spongy Moth complete only one life cycle per year, and eggs deposited in August do not hatch until spring.
Eggs hatch into caterpillars in late April or early May. Hatch date is directly effected by weather. The colder the spring, the later the hatch. Once they hatch, the caterpillars will sit on the egg mass a few days before leaving to feed. In its short lifetime, a caterpillar can eat one square meter of leaves. The warmer the temperature, the more the caterpillars feed and develop, generally feeding at night and resting during the day. Mature caterpillars are about 2” in length with long hairs grouped in bundles. They have a head with black and yellow markings, and five pairs of blue dots and six pairs of red dots running down their backs.
In mid July to mid August, mature caterpillars stop feeding and weave silk around their bodies to form a hard, brown shell or cocoon. This is the pupa stage, when caterpillars start their metamorphosis or change into the moth stage of the life cycle. This process takes about two weeks.
From pupa cases, moths or the adults emerge. Moths do not eat, and live about a week. Female moths have white wings with brown chevron or “V-shaped” markings, do not fly, but emit a pheromone to attract the males. The males have smaller chevron marked brown wings, are able to fly, and fertilize several females before dying. Females deposit egg masses encased in hairs from their abdomen. Eggs are dormant until spring (late April or early May).
Caterpillars trail a silk strand as they move. Young caterpillars hang from this silk, and are carried by the wind. (This is called ‘ballooning’.) Humans also move egg masses or pupa cases on travel trailers, firewood, cars, etc. Vehicular travel is how they came to Macomb County! Make sure you do not give the Spongy Moth a ride!
A number of MSU Extension (MSUE) bulletins can help you identify the Spongy Moth and caterpillar. You can also use the Macomb County MSUE diagnostic facility. There is a small fee for some services.
For insect identification, call Macomb MSUE: 586-469-6432For more information, visit:http://msue.anr.msu.edu/uploads/files/e2634.pdfhttps://archive.lib.msu.edu/DMC/Ag.%20Ext.%202007-Chelsie/PDF/e1983-1990.pdf
Spongy Moth caterpillars feed on tree leaves creating “Swiss Cheese” type holes. They do not cause pre-mature leaf drop, browning, or curling of leaves. They do not make a web or tent in trees.
Trees defoliated more than 40% use next year’s energy reserves to grow new leaves. Healthy trees may withstand several years of defoliation stress. Trees with other stress factors such as drought, disease or poor growing conditions could die sooner. Ever- greens are unable to replace their needles and may die when defoliated. Keep trees watered and fertilized to lessen any damage.
YES, to determine if your property is eligible for the Spongy Moth Suppression Program. Report all infestations to the program educator at the Macomb County MSU Extension office. An egg mass survey can be done to assess the level of infestation and determine if an area qualifies for the program. For more information, please call:
Macomb MSU Extension Spongy Moth Program 586-469-6432.
21885 Dunham Rd, Clinton Twp, MI 48036
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