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The Assessing office is located at:Marshall City Hall323 W Michigan AvenueMarshall, MI 49068
Mail should be addressed to:Assessor's Office, City of Marshall323 W Michigan AvenueMarshall, MI 49068
Our phone number is 269-781-5183, and our fax number is 269-781-3835. The Assessing Departments email addresses are available in the Assessing Department Staff Directory.
Assessed Value is defined by state law as 50% of the market value of the property as of December 31st of the preceding year. Taxable Value is derived from a formula created by Proposal A in 1994, designed to limit Taxable Value increases at the rate of inflation.
All Assessed Values are calculated according to State Tax Commission standards. This value is shown as the State Equalized Value or SEV on your tax statement. It is a mass appraisal technique that takes into account the current cost to replicate your house and then depreciates that cost based on the age of the structure. It is then adjusted to market value by comparing the depreciated cost of homes that have sold in your area to their sales price. Each year, the Assessor is required by law to analyze sales within economic neighborhoods using a two-year sales study to adjust that neighborhood so that assessed values are at 50% of market value.
The term Taxable Value was used in the 1994 constitutional amendment known as Proposal A to replace State Equalized Value (SEV) in the property tax equation to calculate property tax bills. The first step in the process of determining Taxable Value is to calculate the Capped Value of every parcel of assessable property using the following formula:
Prior Taxable Value − Taxable Value of Losses × Lesser of 5% or Consumer Price Index (CPI) Multiplier + Taxable Value of Additions = Capped Value
CPI is the Consumer's Price Index (Inflation rate) as calculated by the State of Michigan each fall. The legislature has defined Taxable Value to be the lesser of SEV or Capped Value. Assessors are required to annually calculate a Capped Value for each individual parcel of real property. The Capped Value is then compared to the SEV of that property, and the lower of the two will be its Taxable Value upon which taxes are levied. The year following an eligible transfer of ownership, the SEV of the transferred property set in that year is its Taxable Value.
No. By state law, a home's Assessed Value is not half its purchased price, but half of its market value. Section 211.27(5) of Michigan Compiled Law states:
"Beginning December 31, 1994, 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."
Also, please see the State Tax Commission's Bulletin Number 19, 1997 on "Illegal Practices of A: "Following Sales" and B: "Assessing over 50%" for more information.
No. Until 1994, property was valued for tax purposes at half its market value. This is called "State Equalized Value" or SEV. In 1994 voters passed Proposal A, which limited the growth of property tax assessments. The formula under Proposal A keeps the Taxable Value of a property from growing as fast as the SEV. This gap can increase over time. However, in the year following an eligible transfer of ownership, the Taxable Value is uncapped and is made equal to the SEV, but only for that year following the transfer of ownership. When a parcel is uncapped there could be a substantial increase in the tax depending on the difference between the Taxable Value and the State Equalized Value of the property. See above for Taxable Value Calculation explanation.
There are two distinctly different numbers associated with each property. The State Equalized Value (SEV) represents half the property's market value and Taxable Value which is a multiplier in your tax bill. If you have a home that is truly similar to your neighbor's home your SEV should be about equal to theirs; however, the Taxable Values would probably not be the same. Since the passage of Proposal A in 1994 the Taxable Value is used to calculate tax bills. Each Taxable Value will depend on the Capped Value formula and whether or not there has been a transfer of ownership or a Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase. The Taxable Value calculation is also subject to any additions and/or losses to the property. SEV and Taxable Value are not the same and should not be compared when calculating a tax bill.
The calculation for your tax bill is as follows: Taxable Value × Voter Approved Millage Rate = Property Tax Bill.
There are several factors that affect your tax rate:
Check the records of the Assessing Office or on the Assessor's website concerning your appraisal to make sure they are correct. If you disagree with the assessment, you should talk with the Assessor about the valuation of your property. If you are still not satisfied with the valuation and wish to proceed with filing an appeal, you will need to schedule an appointment to appear before the March Board of Review. Please call the Assessor's Office at 269-781-5183 to schedule an appointment. The March Board of Review has jurisdiction on valuation appeals for the current year only. You may not (by state law) dispute prior year valuation at the March Board of Review. Once the March Board of Review closes its public meeting, the assessment roll is closed and certified. No further changes can be made except those allowed by state law, i.e. clerical error, mutual mistake of fact, qualified error, or Principal Residence Exemption/Homestead corrections, Michigan Tax Tribunal or State Tax Commission judgments.
You have the right to file an appeal with the Michigan Tax Tribunal. This appeal must be filed with the Michigan Tax Tribunal on or before June 30th of the current year. Failure to appear before the March Board of Review before hand may eliminate your right to appeal your value at the Tribunal.
If you are moving, please inform the Assessor's Office in writing as soon as possible.
If you recently married and wish to change your name on your City of Marshall accounts please supply the Assessor's Office with a short note letting us know you would like to change your name, a copy of your marriage license and a copy of your driver's license (with picture) reflecting your new name, and we will change the accounts.
If someone on the title of your property has passed away and you would like their name removed from your City of Marshall accounts please supply the Assessor's Office with a copy of the death certificate and a short note letting us know you would like the name removed and we will change the accounts.
Please Note: Using a marriage license or death certificate to change/remove a name from a City of Marshall account will not change the title of your property. To change title you must draft a legal instrument. If you wish to change title of your property you should seek legal counsel to help you do so. City of Marshall employees cannot provide you with legal counsel.
City of Marshall employees do not calculate tax prorations. Please seek legal counsel, help from a Title Insurance Company or other lending institution to help you do the math.
Public Act Number 206 of 1893 of Michigan State law mandates that all businesses must annually file a declaration of Personal Property with the Assessor of the jurisdiction where the property is situated on December 31. All commercial and industrial businesses have the responsibility of filing a statement with the Assessor, whether a statement was mailed to them or not. If a business has no Personal Property which is assessable, they still must sign and return the form with a declaration of why no assessable property exists.
If your declaration is not filed in a timely manner, an estimated Personal Property assessment will be made which will be the basis for your tax bills. Failure to file this form may eliminate the business' right to appeal the assessed and/or taxable value at the local or state level or file a correction with the State Tax Commission.
The State of Michigan requires all commercial and industrial businesses to submit a Personal Property Statement to the Assessor's Office no later than February 20 each year. To ensure timely processing and correct valuation please turn these statements in as soon as possible. Asset listings with addresses of the property location(s), acquisition date and cost, asset category, and disposal lists are extremely helpful. If your company closed prior to December 31 of the previous year, you must notify the Assessor's office in writing prior to the March Board of Review or you may have an assessed and taxable value assigned to your account which will result in future tax bills.
If a business has no Personal Property which is assessable, they still must sign and return the form prior to the March Board of Review with a declaration of why no assessable property exists.
View the following forms:
If you own and occupy your principal residence, it may be exempt from a portion of your local school operating taxes. To claim an exemption, you must complete the Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit and file it with the Assessor's office by June 1st of the year of the claim. The Assessor's Office will adjust your taxes on your next property tax bill. Note that this is an exemption from part of the taxes and does not affect your assessment. You must own and occupy your principal residence to receive this exemption.
Owning means you hold the legal title to the principal residence or that you are currently buying it on a notarized or recorded land contract. Renters should not file this form.
Occupying means this is your principal residence, the place you intend to return to whenever you go away. It is the address that appears on your driver's license or voter registration card.
You may have only one principal residence at a time. Vacation Homes and Income property which you do not occupy as your principal residence may not be claimed. If you are living only in a part of the home you may file a partial homestead exemption. Please call the Assessor's Office at 269-781-5183. We will help you calculate the proper percentage. You may also file an exemption(s) if you own vacant and contiguous land next to your homestead property.
Contact our Assessing Department at 269-781-5183 to obtain the form necessary to correct your homestead status. Recent tax law changes allow the City to correct the homestead status for the current year, and with Board of Review approval, three prior years. After Board of Review approval, if you are due a refund from prior year's tax payments, your refund will be issued by the Calhoun County Treasurers Office.
Rescinding your Exemption: If you claim an exemption, then stop using the property as a principal residence, you must notify the City Assessor within 90 days of the change or you may be penalized. This can be done using the Form 2602, Request to Rescind Homeowner's Principal Residence Exemption (PDF).
A Property Transfer Affidavit must be filed whenever real estate or some types of personal property are transferred (even if you are not recording a deed). It is used by the Assessor to ensure the property is assessed properly and receives the correct Taxable Value. It must be filed by the new owner with the Assessor for the City or Township where the property is located within 45 days of the transfer. If it is not filed timely, a penalty of $5 per day (maximum $200) applies. The information on this form is not confidential. Transfer of ownership means the conveyance of title or the beneficial use of the property. There are both partial and whole transfers of ownership. The Assessor's office will determine the correct percentage and uncap the Taxable Value accordingly. Please see the Taxable Value Calculation FAQ for more information.
View or download the State's Property Transfer Affidavit (PDF).
The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered that information about the financing of property sales must be gathered. The purpose is to determine whether favorable financing provided by the sell 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 the favorable seller-provided financing must be removed before the sale is considered for property assessment study purposes. Information disclosed on Real Property Statements is strictly confidential and will only be shared by the Assessor, State Tax Commission, County Equalization Department, and others involved in and for the determination of assessments.
Griswold Aviation specializes in piston aircraft maintenance, inspection, repair, and modification and is located at Brooks Field. You can find more information at Griswold Aviation's web site.
Please see the attached policy for information regarding the use of the main hangar, apron, and maintenance bays.
No permit is required for siding a home. When a window is installed in the existing window framework, then a permit is not required. A permit is required for new windows, if the opening is enlarged or reduced. If an existing room is remodeled to a bedroom or a basement is finished, then a permit is required due to meet the code requirement for emergency egress. Plans will need to be submitted.
View Department Permit Information.
Log in by checking the "anonymous" box and on the next screen, type the Marshall City address.
There can be up to four elections each calendar year. During an election, each unit of government needs a staff of paid workers to work at the polls.
Election Inspectors are people who are paid to assist voters at the polls on Election Day. Anyone interested in serving as an Election Inspector for the City of Marshall must submit an Election Inspector Application (PDF).
After your application is accepted, you will need to attend an election training program. This is a one day training required to become certified as an Election Inspector.
The City of Marshall is currently looking for people interested in working as an Election Inspector. If interested, complete an application and return it to the:
Clerk's office323 W Michigan AvenueMarshall, MI 49068.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Clerk at 269-781-5183
For a short and easy tutorial of using and printing the City of Marshall's online ordinance, view How to Find an Ordinance (PDF).
Any work within the City of Marshall's right-of-way must be permitted. Typically the right-of-way along city streets is 66' with a few exceptions. Must property lines can be estimated by measuring 33' from the centerline of the road. In order to verify the width of the right-of-way where the work is to take place please contact the staff at the Public Services Building.
Typical work that requires a permit could be: Driveway improvement, tree planting, tree removal, water service work, and sewer service work. (fees for tree planting will be waived)
Other requirements of the permit application could be proof of insurance, bond or cashiers check, and a plan or sketch depending on the complexity of the project.
For Full Rules and Regulations (PDF).
There have been recent questions about open burning (fires) in Marshall. The Marshall City Council amended and passed the new city burning ordinance, Ordinance 95.03 on June 1, 2020.
Marshall City ordinance 95.03 does allow for recreational types of fires in the City of Marshall. Here are some of the ordinance's highlights:
If you have any questions, or need guidance, call the Fire Department at 269-781-3922. If unavailable, call Calhoun County Consolidated Dispatch Center at 269-781-0911 to locate your fire staff.
You may apply to be a vendor by downloading the three forms in the application process: The Application (PDF), Vendor Guidelines (PDF), and Fees (PDF) are available for download.
The completed application form is to be returned along with copies of the licenses, certificates or other applicable documentation which applies to the items/products you hope to sell. Resources are provided in the packet information. Failure to provide the information may delay approval. If your timeline for starting is limited you may also attach payment for fees. If your application is denied the payment will be returned. Those electing to be Daily Vendors who are new to the Market must include the $20 one-time fee with the application.
Individuals seeking to participate as an artisan must also submit their goods to a juried review by the Advisory Board. Priority is given to products handcrafted by the vendor from natural, native, items found in Michigan.
The Market Manager will notify you of the results of your application and the due date for fees upon approval.
Throughout the summer you can join the fun and canoe different sections of the beautiful Kalamazoo River. The trip in our area, hosted by the Marshall Area Conservation Committee, is generally between Marshall and Battle Creek. Start and end points vary each year. Lunch and a group photo will be provided. A few canoes/kayaks will be available for rent. For more information email Cheryl Vosburg's or call 269-558-0328.
The MACC is a volunteer group of environmentally conscious citizens who work to protect and enhance Marshall's natural resources. We started out as a committee to host a single event, River Clean Up, but we had such a positive response and so many volunteers that we quickly ran out of river banks to clean (how great is that?) so we started adding more conservation type projects. Our annual fall event is now called "Krazy for the Kazoo - a River Clean Up and Conservation Day" and on this one day we gather 100+ volunteers and put them to work for 3 hours doing projects such as river bank and park clean up, storm drain marking, water quality monitoring in Rice Creek and the Kalamazoo River, maintenance of our native plant demo plot, habitat creation, trail building, and of course tree planting. With all those volunteers we are able to get a lot of projects accomplished!
We now also have several other annual events including:
The MACC does not meet on a regular basis but rather we meet as needed. Usually meetings are scheduled around our events. We try to communicate by email but some things do require face to face coordination. Our meetings are usually on Wednesdays at 7 at one of our city facilities. Right now our emphasis is on the "Greening of Marshall"...a big push to provide maintenance to the 1,000 trees already planted. In addition, we are looking at other projects such as rain gardens, storm drain marking, native plantings, habitat building, community education, trail laying and marking, tree identification, and more. For more information or to join the MACC email Cheryl Vosburg or call 269-558-0328. You can also look up the MACC on Facebook.
In order to enhance the quality of our parks, the City of Marshall Department of Public Works encourages volunteers to assist with litter pickup, preservation and maintenance of landscaped areas, increased landscaping, and general upkeep and repair of equipment and facilities.
The Adopt-A-Park Program allows for individuals or groups to adopt a specific park. Through adoption, these individuals or groups may assume the responsibility for any or all of the eligible activities, which will lead to:
For more information, view Adopt-a-Park (PDF).
There are many reasons that site plan is required. Among the most popular are a change of use or new use for which off-street parking is required, a business which borders (or is across the street from) residential, or new public facilities. The site plan approval process requires the City Planning Commission to review and approve the application/materials.
The Site Plan Application (PDF) includes requirements for items that need to be included on the plan.
The Planning Commission meets every 2nd Wednesday of each month (City Hall at 7 pm) to review and consider approval of site plans for new construction, renovations/additions, or change in use.
The following dates are deadlines for application submission for each upcoming Planning Commission meeting.
Applications can be mailed or dropped off at:
323 W Michigan AvenueMarshall, MI 49068.
Applications must be received by the deadline outlined above to be considered for the respective Planning Commission meeting.
For further details, please email Eric Zuzga or call 269-781-5183
First, thank you for considering our community for your development. We have a trained staff of professionals to help you work through City processes. Your connections include:
The first step in considering a new development should be the district in which you wish to locate. You can view our zoning map (PDF) to determine the property's zoning district. Then, by viewing that district's description in the City's Zoning Ordinance (PDF), you can determine if your use would be a permitted or special land use.
If it is determined that your use would fall under special land use requirements, then you will need to submit the Special Land Use Form (PDF), fees, and materials to the Planning and Zoning Department. The process for approval will involve 2 meetings at Planning Commission; one for receiving of the application and one for public hearing and recommendation to City Council. City Council will then decide upon final approval of the special land use permit.
All new developments require site plan review before the Planning Commission. A site plan review will require submittal of the Site Plan Application. Download the Site Plan Application (PDF). Two large size plans should be submitted for staff review along with the application. The various department heads within the city will review the plans. A representative of the project may be called in for this review or a letter may be sent to the applicant with any suggested staff revisions. When the plan is ready for Planning Commission review, email Trisha Nelson and 14 size 11 by 17 plans and 2 full size plans are submitted within the appropriate Planning Commission meeting deadline (PDF).
At least 2 meetings at the Planning Commission are required; One meeting to "receive" the plan and at least one meeting to vote on approval of the plan. Depending upon the complexity of the plan, the Planning Commission may wish to work with the developer to achieve certain community goals such as the best flow for traffic, the most advantageous parking, and especially those items which pertain to the health, safety, and welfare of the community.
Special land use or rezoning processes can be achieved simultaneously with site plan review.
If the property requires rezoning, this constitutes a formal amendment to zoning map. You will need to submit a formal application for rezoning (PDF) and support materials to the Planning and Zoning Department. The process for a formal rezoning will involve 2 meetings at Planning Commission; one for receiving of the application and one for public hearing and recommendation to City Council. City Council will then also receive the documents at one meeting and hold a public hearing at the second meeting.
Rezoning a property should happen prior to site plan review, special land use, or variance hearings.
Should the proposed development involve the need for variances (i.e. structure can't meet setbacks, height exceeds ordinance requirements, etc.), this is accomplished through the ZBA. A variance request form (PDF) is submitted with the appropriate materials within the submission deadline date found on the form. The ZBA notices the case to properties within 300 feet of the subject property and a public hearing is held. The majority of the time, the ZBA will decide on the case the same night.
If you are locating a business within an existing building in Marshall, the first step will be checking the zoning on the property. You can check the zoning by calling: 269-781-3985. Once you know the zoning, then refer to the zoning ordinance (PDF) to see if your use is permitted or a special land use. If it is a permitted use, you will need to find out if you need a site plan review before the Planning Commission. The office of Planning and Zoning will be able to tell you whether or not a site plan review is necessary. The site plan process is listed above. If the use falls under Special Land Use, this process is also listed above.
All proceedings at Planning Commission, ZBA, and the City Council require a representative of the project to be present.
See timeline of processes (PDF)
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Zoning Ordinance (PDF)
The Joint Planning Commission consists of an equal number of City and Township members. Their duties are to make decisions on all land use for properties subject to a 425 Agreement between the City and Township. The JPC mirrors the Planning Commission in the way it hands down recommendations for rezonings and special land uses and approves site plans. The cooperation with Marshall Township and the City gives this area a uniqueness not found in many other communities.
The Joint Planning Commission (City of Marshall and Township of Marshall) will meet at 7 pm at
Marshall City Hall323 W Michigan AvenueMarshall, MI 49068
In the year 2023 on the 2nd Tuesday of the month on an as needed basis.
If the Joint Planning Commission has no business, the meetings will be cancelled. If business is required of the Joint Planning Commission between their regularly scheduled meetings, a special meeting will be scheduled.
The Planning Commission reviews and advises the City Council on matters like site plans for new developments, our city ordinances, and zoning issues. Information concerning the Commission's membership, meeting times, agendas, minutes, as well as any special announcements can be found below. Please call the Planning and Zoning Department at: 269-558-0354.
City Council approved Marshall's River District Overlay on December 21, 2009.The River District encompasses a certain area of South Kalamazoo. This area is close to the river and within walking distance of downtown Marshall. During the formulation of the new Master Plan, the Planning Commission had a desire to "wake up" this area and help it realize it's full potential.It all started with the new Master Plan (approved 2008).The River District incorporates most of the businesses along South Kalamazoo that would benefit from special zoning. The Master Plan, completed by the Planning Commission in 2008, calls for the current commercial/industrial area on South Kalamazoo to become a "River District". This would be a mixed-use area that would contain a concentration of entertainment, restaurant, retail, and office uses combined with residential and loft dwellings. Businesses in this district would be able to hold outdoor events and festivals working within certain guidelines. It is the goal of the River District to promote a wide variety of uses which promote community recreation, cultural events, and artistic enjoyment.The intent of this project is to create flexibility in zoning in this area and to encourage destination marketing without taking any current rights or permitted uses away.
Read the entire River District Overlay Ordinance (PDF)
Please call the Planning and Zoning Department at 269-558-0354 or email Eric Zuzga if further information is needed.
Moving a home from one location to another involves many aspects such as working with local cable and phone companies, working with City utilities, trimming of trees, traffic maintenance, etc. The City of Marshall has had a few homes relocated successfully. The best advice is to start planning early.
The City does require a house application and all supporting materials be filed and taken to City Council for approval. Moving Building Application (PDF)
A PUD is short for Planned Unit Development. A PUD is handled through a rezoning process wherein a conceptual plan is recommended through the Planning Commission and approved through City Council. The intent behind a PUD is to permit flexibility in regulations for development that includes a mix of land uses or is proposed for a site containing unique natural or historic features that the developer and city desire to preserve.
The timeline for a PUD involves two Planning Commission meetings and two City Council meetings. One public hearing is held by each body.
Download PUD Application (PDF)
A rezoning is otherwise referred to as a "zoning amendment". The request for a rezoning can be initiated by City Council, the Planning Commission or by petition of the property owner.
Download the Zoning Amendment (rezoning) Application (PDF)
This process typically involves two meetings at Planning Commission and also two meetings at City Council. Both bodies hold public hearings on the matter. The time frame is approximately 3 months.
Rental Rehabilitation is a program coordinated between local municipalities and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). It can be used to supplement private funds to develop downtown vacant upper floors into housing units or for the redevelopment of existing units. If you are an interested building owner, contact Eric Zuzga at 269-558-0354 or Email Eric Zuzga. After initial consultations, additional information is required prior to the formal grant application using this Pre-Application (PDF).
The ZBA hears variance requests when a request has been denied by the Planning and Zoning Administrator or Building Official. This board of 5 regular members, plus 2 alternate members, is made up of local volunteers with various backgrounds. Please call the Planning and Zoning Department at: 269-558-0354 or mail Eric Zuzga if further information is needed.
Zoning permits are required to ensure compliance with the City of Marshall Zoning Ordinance. This includes placement of fences, signs, sheds, etc. Zoning permit applications are available using the following links. If you are not sure if a permit is required for your project, please call the office for clarification at 269-781-3985.
If you have been sent a letter from the Code Enforcement Officer giving you a stated amount of time to clean up a noxious weeds issue, according to ordinance, you may file an appeal with the Zoning Board of Appeals (PDF).
The need for a Special Land Use permit is determined by the use of the property and the district of the property. First, find the district that you are in by finding your property on the zoning map, then look up the section in the ordinance that governs your district and find that a like use. That use will either be "permitted" or "subject to special conditions". If the use falls under the latter, "subject to special conditions", then most likely a Special Land Use permit is needed.
Download the Special Land Use Application (PDF).
The Special Land Use process involves a meeting/public hearing at the Planning Commission and one trip to City Council for final approval. The process usually takes 2 to 3 months if the matter is not tabled.
The short answer is "Yes" if it's temporary, for construction, and you can meet the requirements as stated in Chapter 156.222 which say:
A Zoning Permit must be submitted and approved with the City of Marshall Zoning Administrator as well. Download a Zoning Permit (PDF) and Dumpster Permit (PDF). The cost is $20.
Michigan law requires:
It is very important that an infant stay rear-facing until at least age one and 20 pounds. The vertebrae in a child's neck are not completely developed until age one. Infants have large, heavy heads on a "weak" stem (neck). That is why infants face the rear of the vehicle - so that their entire body will take the force in a crash. If you turn them around to face forward too soon, their large heavy heads are thrown forward which presents a very high risk of a brain injury, broken neck, spinal cord damage, etc. Your infant should remain rear-facing in a convertible seat until at least age one. You should look for a convertible model that goes rear-facing to at least 30 pounds. Be sure to check the manufacturer's directions on the seat.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website maintains the list of all certified child passenger safety technicians.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website maintains the list of all recalls. You can also register your child safety seat, so the manufacturer can automatically contact you if there is a recall for your child's seat. If your car is registered with the Michigan Secretary of State, and a part on your car is recalled, the car manufacturer will contact you through the Michigan Secretary of State's list of registered vehicles.
Individuals who have a disability that restricts their ability to walk may qualify for a disability placard or license plate. There are a variety of qualifying disabilities such as: Inability to walk more than 200 feet without having to stop and rest; use of wheelchair, walker, crutch; lung disease, etc. The disability placard and license plate display the international wheelchair access symbol and allow you to park in any designated disability parking space.
Permanent disability placards are blue and are issued for a qualifying disability that is permanent. This means there is no medical expectation the condition will improve. Permanent placards are valid for four years from the holder's next birthday. Temporary disability placards are red and are issued for a qualifying disability that is medically expected to improve over the next six months. Temporary placards are valid for up to six months. If a medical condition has not improved within that time, a new application must be completed.
Permanent disability placards and disability license plates may be renewed up to 45 days before the expiration date. Renewals may be processed at any Secretary of State branch office. Disability placards may also be renewed by mailing an application to the:Department of StateOffice of Customer ServiceDistributed Services UnitP.O. Box 30764Lansing, MI 48909-8264
by calling 888-767-6424; or faxing an application to 517-322-1063. Disability license plates may be renewed through the mail, by telephone, Internet, or fax. For complete instructions, refer to your license plate renewal notice or visit the State of Michigan website.
Michigan law allows only one disability placard to be issued to a person. The law does not limit the number of placards per family if other members also have a qualifying disability. Additionally, if you have a qualifying disability, you may obtain a disability license plate for each of your registered personal vehicles. Disability license plates can also be obtained for personal vehicles used to transport a disabled family member residing in the same household.
Disability parking laws enable people with severe mobility disabilities to utilize services and employment opportunities by providing accessible parking. The disability placard or license plate is intended for use only by the person with a disability or someone transporting the person with a disability. Under Michigan law, it is illegal to:
Van accessible parking spaces are wider than standard parking spaces to provide room for the van’s wheelchair lift and ramp. It is illegal to park on the painted stripes next to a disability parking space or block any ramps or curb cuts. Violators may be ticketed and their vehicles towed.
If you suspect someone is illegally parking in a disability parking space, you should notify the local authority responsible for parking enforcement - in most communities that would be either the police or parking enforcement bureau. They can investigate the situation and determine whether a violation has occurred. The Secretary of State does not have the authority to enforce disability parking laws and ordinances.
The Secretary of State will investigate if there is reason to believe a disability placard or license plate was issued improperly. If you have evidence to suggest a fraudulent application was made, please contact the Driver Assessment Support Section at 888-767-6424. You must supply the placard or license plate number, along with your reasons for believing that fraud was involved.
A disability license plate registered to the family member of an individual with disabilities who has since passed away remains valid until the expiration date of the plate. However, it is illegal to use the license plate to park in disability spaces since the disabled person is not being transported. When it is time to renew the license plate, the disability plate should be returned to the Secretary of State and a regular license plate will be issued. Improper use may result in the immediate confiscation and cancellation of the disability placard or license plate. Furthermore, improper use, altering, forging, or copying a disability placard may result in fines up to $500, jail time of up to 30 days, or both. Local fines may be higher and could include court costs. The Secretary of State may cancel the disability placard or license plate.
No, the City of Marshall does not rent out any of the parks for special occasions. You are more than welcome to use our beautiful parks for your function but they operate under a first come first serve system.
Sanitary Sewer Backups-Call the City First
The City of Marshall no longer has a sewer backup reimbursement policy. The insurance carrier for the City follows the guidelines in Public Act 222 of 2001 to determine whether the City of Marshall is liable for any claims. View the Act (PDF).
To paraphrase the act, the City can only be held liable if all of the following conditions occur.
The City of Marshall attempts to minimize the frequency of these events by cleaning sanitary sewers on a regular basis but incidents may still periodically occur. If you experience a backup please call the City first:
In order to ensure protection the City of Marshall encourages residents to add a rider for sanitary sewer backup coverage from an independent insurance agent. The estimated cost of this rider is approximately $6 a month depending on the agency selected.
Wastewater includes body waste; water from bathing, showering and washing; water from washing clothes and dishes; water from washing, rinsing and otherwise preparing food; and water from normal household cleaning with household detergents and cleaners.
Stormwater is rainwater that has fallen on the ground, a building, parking or roadway, etc. and flows through ditches, storm drains, pipes, curb and gutter, etc. into streams, creeks, rivers and/or lakes.
A sanitary sewer is a publicly-maintained pipe, normally with a diameter of at least eight inches, which carries wastewater to a treatment plant.
A wastewater treatment plant uses physical, biological and chemical processes to clean and disinfect wastewater so that it can be returned to the natural environment, usually at a stream, creek or lake. In our community, the City of Marshall Wastewater Treatment Plant on the southeast side of Industrial Road returns highly treated wastewater to the Kalamazoo River.
The solid particles separated from wastewater are treated and converted into "biosolids" that are recycled on farmland.
The following items are normally suitable for disposal down the drain or toilet:
The following items should not go down the drain because they can damage or block your drainpipes and public sewers, can damage the wastewater treatment plant or its biological processes, could harm your septic system (if you have one) or may be hazardous for other reasons.
The list above is a summary intended to indicate types of items that should not go down the drain.
If you have questions or comments about whether something should be disposed of in the sewer system, please email the City of Marshall Environmental Department or call at 269-781-3985.
Leaking faucets, pipes and wasted water can cost a resident a lot of money, not to mention the waste of one our most precious resources. One way to prevent waste of water is to do a check of your faucets and piping in your residence once a year. Make sure that faucets don't drip, all joints on your pipes are secure and that there are no apparent leaks. A pinhole leak could waste up to 170 gallons of water in one day. On most water meters there is a small triangle that indicates when even the smallest amount of water is passing through. If you know you are not running water at that time and the triangle is turning then there is a leak somewhere.
Most leaks happen in the toilet, some small enough that you don't even hear them. To check if your toilet is leaking from the tank to the bowl food coloring could be added to the tank. If the water in the bowl turns colors without flushing then there is a leak. Another common waste of water is a water softener regenerating more than it should. Have your softener checked periodically to make sure that it is running the way it should. These two examples are the most common when a resident has an abnormally high water bill.
Typically this time of year we all dread the cold and bitter weather we experience here in Michigan. It can be especially rough when this cold affects your water supply. Broken or frozen pipes can cost a significant amount to homeowners not to mention the damage they can create. Here are some tips for making sure you are protected:
If you suspect a frozen pipe: If you open a faucet and no water comes out, don't take any chances. Call a plumber. If a water pipe bursts, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve (usually at the water meter or where the main line enters the house); leave the faucet(s) open until repairs are completed. Don't try to thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame; as this will damage the pipe and may even start a building fire. You might be able to thaw a pipe with a hand-held hair dryer. Slowly apply heat, starting close to the faucet end of the pipe, with the faucet open. Work toward the coldest section. Don't use electrical appliances while standing in water; you could get electrocuted.
The Standard Rules and Regulations (PDF) state that the water connection fee is based on a unit factor system wherein each single-family residence shall be one unit. Other uses will be calculated by city staff. The water connection fee shall be $600 per unit for City residents and $900 per unit for premises outside the corporate limits of the City of Marshall.