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Since its establishment, the council-manager form has become the most popular form of government in the United State in communities with populations of 5,000 or greater. The form is also popular in Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Honduras, Chile and Brazil. For more than 94 years, council-manager government has responded to the changing needs of citizens and their communities.
The Department Director has the right to choose from the top 3 applicants on the eligibility list. If you are in the top three, and a vacancy occurs, you will be considered for the opening. You may be required to interview with the department director for final selection.
One of the most important changes that occurred with the passage of Proposal A was a limit placed on the percentage that property taxes can increase each year. This limitation was accomplished by creating a new term called “Taxable Value.” Taxable Value (TV) is defined as the lesser of a property’s SEV or “Capped Value.” A property’s Capped Value (CV) is defined as the previous year’s taxable value increased by the inflation rate or 5%, whichever is less, plus construction changes.
The State Tax Commission (STC) determines this inflation rate each year. What this tax system has meant for most residents is that if you have not purchased your home in the previous year and have not made any physical additions to your property (like building a garage), your property taxes will not increase by more than the previous year’s inflation rate or 5%, whichever is less.
The 2014 March Board of Review (BOR) will be in session from March 17, 2014, until at least March 21, 2014. These 2 3-member committees, made up of City residents, are responsible for hearing appeals of assessment figures, property classification and hardship exemption appeals. It is the responsibility of the BOR members to review the assessments placed on all of the properties that are appealed and to determine whether these values represent the actual true cash value of each specific property. Please see your assessment notice for more information on making an appointment with the 2014 BOR. All property owners that file an appeal to the 2014 March BOR will receive a written response around the first week of June. Residential property owners that are not satisfied with the decision of the BOR will have the right to appeal to the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
Another important issue to address is that the specific sale price of a property will not automatically determine that property’s assessed value in the year following a transfer. The Assessing Office determines a land and building value for all of the properties in the City and annually adjusts these values based on sales that have occurred during each sales study period. Although current law defines a property’s assessed value as the “true cash value” of a property, not every sale price will reflect that property’s actual market value. For example, one would expect that the sale price from parents to one of their children could be less than if they had sold to someone with which they had no prior relationship. That is the reason that the Assessing Office determines assessed values by using accepted mass appraisal techniques and does not reassess properties based on one sales transaction.
It is the responsibility of the buyer in a transfer to file a Property Transfer Affidavit (2766) form with the Assessing Office within 45 days of the property transfer. Blank affidavits are available at the City Assessing Office and on the Department of Treasury website or the City’s website. Department of Treasury
If you have a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) on your property and you no longer own and occupy the property as your primary residence, you must file a Request to Rescind Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption (2602) form with the Assessing Office. These 2 forms are also available at the Assessing Office and on the Department of Treasury and Sterling Heights websites. Department of Treasury
The owner claiming an exemption must annually submit this form on or before December 31 to verify that the property for which the PRE is retained is not occupied, is for sale, is not leased, and is not used for any business or commercial purpose. If the conditional rescission requirements are all met, this form would take the place of STC Form 2602.
The Sterling Heights Magazine is mailed to residents three times a year, once in the Spring/Summer, once in the Fall and once in the Winter. Copies of the magazine can be picked up at City Hall and found on the City's website.
The 2017 Cultural Exchange will feature a wide array of ethnic music and dance, cuisine from City restaurateurs and educational cultural displays from area groups and retailers. Cultures represented will include African-American, Bulgarian, Chaldean, Filipino, German, Indian, Italian, Macedonian, Polish, Scottish, Slovakian, Turkish and more. A minimum suggested donation of $1 is requested. Last year's event drew nearly 1,000 people.
Sterlingfest 2018 will be held July 26, 27, and 28.
Vendor applications for artists, musicians, food and restaurants will be available on the City's website this spring.
Sponsor applications will be available on the City's website this spring.
Yes, delivery is available Wednesday mornings to Sterling Heights residents only. Contact our Outreach Librarian at 586-446-2654 for more information.
No, we used to have a print copy, but now that information is only available on the City’s website.
No, City maps are sold at the City Clerk's Office in City Hall. They are $6.25 each. City Hall office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Yes, we have a free scanner/fax machine on the second floor.
The City magazine, fliers, our website, program calendars in Youth Services, and handouts available at service desks all list events and services occurring throughout the year.
Books are normally held on the self-serve hold shelves along the wall behind the first information desk you see when you enter the library.
For Plowz, we offer three options: - ASAP: Response time typically within two hours. - Tomorrow AM: Providers are asked to complete jobs before 6 AM - Tomorrow PM: Providers are asked to complete jobs before 4 PM
1.) Failure to have an updated browser. Customers who have very old browsers are unable to utilize the pay online service. Using a newer version of Microsoft Internet Explorer or equivalent will solve that problem.
2.) Having an updated browser but not having the “browser settings” for the SSL protocol. The SSL protocol setting is needed to access the pay on-line service.
3.) Encountering a corporate firewall. Many customers try to pay online during the day from their work location during lunch time for example. The entity that they work for may have a corporate firewall setting that prevents them from making any payments online.
4.) Pop-Up blocking software that you are running is preventing the opening of the additional window necessary to link to the external website. You may be able to disable the Pop-Up blocker through a setting within your browser’s own options menu. Online Payment Help Page
First, the resident needs to determine when they are supposed to pay their bill through: either through the date of closing or when they turn the keys over, as listed in the purchase agreement of the house. Immediately prior to that date, the resident should read the 6-digit number off the water meter (usually the meter is located in the basement of the house). Phone in the reading to water billing (586-446-2320), who will provide a bill which can be picked-up and paid or faxed to the title company/realtor handling the sale. Please allow 48 hours for final bill to be prepared.
It is important to determine and correct the problem, because wasted water results in high bills. One way to check if you have a problem is to write down the six-digit number off the water meter (usually located in the basement of the house) before you go to bed at night. The following morning, go to the water meter and compare the readings. If the meter has moved while you were sleeping, that indicates something is using water. A more immediate check involves the red dial on the water meter. When the dial is spinning, water is going through the meter. The red dial should be still when there is no water usage.
Since the meter readings are obtained from the remote reader located outside the house, the potential for a misread exists if there is a problem with the hard wiring to the water meter in the basement or with the remote reading devices. Misreads occur on an extremely rare basis. The letter “A” following the “Current Read” on your bill indicates an actual read. To verify the reading shown on your bill, compare it to the reading on your water meter in the basement. The reading that you take (first 4 digits reading left to right) should be greater than the “Current Read” from the bill. If you subtract the bill’s “Current Read” amount from the reading you took, it will measure the amount of water consumed since the end date of the “Service Period” also shown on the bill.
Tips for efficient lawn and landscape irrigation are as follows:
• To minimize evaporation, water lawns between midnight and 5:00 AM during the hottest summer months. Utilize sprinkler rain shutoff devices to avoid unnecessary watering.• Review sprinkler manufacturer specifications for gallons per minute usage in order to establish irrigation guidelines within your household budget for water consumption.• Irrigate lawns for a maximum of 20 minutes per zone every other day during drought periods and much less for landscape beds. Frequent over watering can actually be detrimental to your lawn and landscapes. • Be observant for breaks in underground lines or sprinkler heads that may contribute to a system leak.• Mow your grass at a height of approximately three inches or higher and use a mulching blade so that the clippings act as a natural fertilizer and also hold in moisture.• Use a larger part of your yard for landscape beds as opposed to lawn area. Landscape beds require far less irrigation than lawns.• Use plenty of mulch in your landscape beds to hold in moisture and plant deep-rooted flowers and shrubs that are more drought resistant.• Follow the voluntary odd-even date watering system. Residents with odd numbered addresses are asked to water outdoors only on the odd numbered calendar dates, while homeowners with even numbered addresses should limit outdoor water use to even numbered calendar dates. Use the last number in your address to determine if you have an even or odd numbered address. Water during the non-peak hours of midnight through 5:00 AM.
Home maintenance ideas include:
• Periodically inspect the flush valve and overflow valve in all the toilets. A test is done by placing a few drops of food coloring into the tank and waiting approximately 25 minutes, without flushing the toilet. If you see the food coloring seep into the bowl, a toilet leak is confirmed. Sometimes a “shimmer” on the surface of the toilet bowl water will be evident and is another way to confirm that there is a leak.
The flush valve or “flapper” located in the bottom of the toilet tank will eventually wear out and require replacement. Upon replacing the flapper, be sure to have it properly seat against the contact at the bottom of the tank.
Check the overflow valve for the correct water level in the tank by removing the tank lid and verifying that the water level is approximately one inch below the overflow valve. Always make sure that the water in the tank is not running into the overflow tube. Normally, the arm of the ball float can be adjusted in order to bring the water level to the desired height. Check the positioning of the refill tube in relation to the overflow tube to ensure that there is no siphoning effect when the tank is refilling.
• During remodeling or toilet replacement consider the use of 1.8-gallon low flow toilets, which use approximately half the water per flush compared to the conventional types.• Install aerators on water faucets and showerheads.• Purchase water efficient washing machines and dishwashers and operate with only full loads.• Routinely inspect water back-up sump pumps and repair dripping faucets.• Inspect the furnace humidifier overflow valve for excessive water flow (if equipped).
Lawn and Landscape Irrigation Tips