Reference Desk

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Assessing Public Works
Building Senior Center
Clerk Township Supervisor
Parks and Recreation Township Treasurer
Planning and Zoning  

Assessing

Q. What is the difference between S.E.V. and taxable value?

A. S.E.V. stands for State Equalized Value which is 50% of Market Value. Taxable Value is the value that you pay your taxes on (this came about when Proposal A was voted in by the taxpayers in 1993) Beginning in 1994 your S.E.V. was capped and could only increase yearly by the rate of inflation or 5%, whichever is less? If anything new is added to the property, 50% of the appraised value of this new item is added to your taxable value. Also if you just purchased your home, in the following year your taxable value will be uncapped, and your taxes will be based on S.E.V. In subsequent years you will be increasing by the taxable value rule.

Q. Why are my neighbor’s taxes less than mine when we have the exact same? house?

A. Sometime it may appear that you have the same house, but on closer observation they may have a larger home, garage, deck, shed, lot etc., or your house may be newer by a few years. All of the aforementioned would affect the appraised value of your house and reflect a difference in your taxes. Also, if you purchased your home in the prior year, your taxable value would have been uncapped and you will be paying taxes on your S.E.V.

Q. I am not satisfied with the Value placed on my home, I feel there has been a mistake made?

A. If you believe a mistake has been made in the appraisal of your property, the first thing to do would be to come into the office and inquire in the Assessing Department to have your appraisal explained. If are not satisfied with their explanation, and feel you are over assessed, you can appeal to the March Board of Review.

Q. How much will my taxes go up if I build a garage?

A. Your taxes will go by the yearly millage rate multiplied by 50% of the appraised value of your new garage. Example: Garage appraised at $15,000 times .50=$7,500 ($7,500 x current millage rate) 7,500x.0327822 = $245.86

Q. Should I call the office if I see an appraiser taking a picture of my house?

A. If it is a Township appraiser he is only doing his job. In the past we had black and white photographs, today we are trying to update our records with digital colored photograph which can be accessed from our computers.

Building Department

Q. When can I speak with an inspector?

A. Inspectors are in the offices in the morning and afternoon.

Q. How do I schedule an inspection?

A. Call the Building Department at extension 6476 before 3:00pm the previous day for a next day inspection.

Q. What do I need permits for?

A. Call the Building Department at extension 2 for this information.

Q. Who do I contact if I have a zoning question?

A. Call the Planning Department at extension 86 for answers.

Q. Who do I contact if I have a zoning complaint?

A. Call the Zoning Department at extension 87.

Q. How do I file a complaint?

A. The Building Department has complaint forms at the offices or may be obtained through our website.  If it is a complaint regarding a particular builder, the Building Department will supply you with a pamphlet entitled “A Citizens Guide for Filing a Complaint”.  

Clerk

Q. What is required to reserve a meeting room at the municipal offices?

A. You must fill out the application for “Meeting Room Use”, please refer to the Clerk’s Departments forms.

Q. What utility companies service this area?

A. DTE Energy (800) 477-4747
SBC Ameritech (800) 244-4444
SEMCO Energy Gas Company (800) 624-2019
Comcast Cable (800) 427-7662

Q. Where do I dispose of hazardous waste and find more information about recycling?

A. The Macomb County Health Department will collect and recycle most hazardous materials. Their web page has a wealth of information about unusual recycling questions.  Please contact the MCHD at (586)469-5467 or visit their website.

Q. Where do I go to register to vote?

A. Any Secretary of State Office, local Clerk’s Office, or designated state agencies. Please refer to the Clerk’s Department Forms and Applications.

Q. How do I get an Absentee Ballot?

A. Contact your local Clerk’s Office either by telephone, letter, or in person to request the absentee ballot.

Q. Who can be on the permanent absentee list?

A. Any registered voter 60 years of age or older or handicapped may request to be on the permanent list and will automatically be sent an application for each Township election. For more information, please visit www.michigan.gov/sos/.

Q. How can I apply for a passport?

A. You will need to fill out the passport application form DS-11, bring in your original birth certificate, drivers license, and two checks for payment. We accept passport applications from 8:00am – 3:30pm.

Q. What are the fees for a passport book or card?

A. Adults - $25.00 processing fee, $9.00 pictures, $110.00 book or $30.00 card
Children - $25.00 processing fee, $9.00 pictures, $80.00 book or $15.00 card
For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Q.  Does the Township provide Notary Services?

A. Yes, the Township Clerk's Office has notaries on staff.  The charge for this service is $5.00 per notarial act.

Parks and Recreation

Q. Where are you located?

A. The Parks & Recreation Department is located inside of the Chesterfield Township Municipal Offices located at 47275 Sugarbush (North of 21 Mile Road and South of Cotton Road)

Q. What are your office hours?

A. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM.

Q. How can I obtain a program brochure?

A. Program brochures are currently being three times a year in May, August and December. They can be picked up at the Chesterfield Township Municipal Offices, the Chesterfield Township Library, or can be downloaded from the Home Page the website. Brochures are also mailed to all residential addresses within Chesterfield Township.

Q. How can I register for a program?

A. Registrations can be done three different ways.

  1. In person at the Chesterfield Township Municipal Offices during normal business hours
  2.  Mail-In by sending the registration form and payment to: Chesterfield Township Parks & Recreation, 47275 Sugarbush, Chesterfield, MI 48047 (only payments made by personal check or money order will be accepted for all mail in registrations)
  3. Online by visiting parks.chesterfieldtwp.org.

We also have an after hours drop box located outside of the Municipal Offices. Drop box registrations will be processed when received by Parks and Recreation staff and may not be processed for several days. (Drop Box registration payments must be made by personal check or money order.

Q. Can I register for a program over the phone?

A. At this time, we do not accept phone registrations.

Q. Do you take credit cards?

A. Yes, Chesterfield Township accepts credit card payments at the Township Hall. Please note there will be a convenience fee charge paid direct to Point & Pay if you choose to utilize this option. The credit card fee will be 3% (minimum of $2.00).

Q. Is there a service charge or convenience fee for using online registrations?

A. Yes, there is a fee associated with registering online. There is a 2.50% fee added to the payment amount with a minimum fee of $1.95. For example, if you are registering for classes and your total fee for the classes is $100.00 you would be charged 2.50% or $2.50 for that transaction. Or if you are registering for a class and the fee is $50.00 you would be charged the 2.50 which is $1.25, but since the minimum fee is $1.95 you would be charged the $1.95 for that transaction. Please note that convenience fees ARE NOT refundable.

Q. Can non-residents register for your programs?

A. Yes. Non-residents pay an additional $5.00 per person, per program (excludes amusement park ticket sales). In the case of bus trips & special events, the $5.00 assessment will be per ticket. For our more popular programs residents are given priority registration. Resident and non-resident registration dates will be found in the program brochure, under the program description, when necessary.

Q. When is the last day I can register for a program?

A. Do not delay in registering for a program. Many programs have limited availability and fill fast. Conversely, nothing ruins a good program quicker then everybody waiting until the last minute to register. Please register early to avoid program cancellations.

Q. Where can I find your refund policy?

A. Our refund policy can be found by clicking here.  

Planning and Zoning Commission

Q. When are Planning Commission and Zoning Board of appeals meetings held?

A. Planning Commission meetings are the second and fourth Tuesday after the first and third Monday of the month with the agenda closing at noon 12 days prior to the scheduled meeting. Zoning Board of Appeals meetings are the second and fourth Wednesday of the month with the agenda closing at noon 14 days prior to the scheduled meeting. For exact dates click here to view our Township Calendar.

Q. How can I find out what my property is zoned?

A. Zoning maps are available at the Municipal Offices or click here to view our entire Code of Ordinances.

Q. What are my setbacks?

A. The zoning classification of your property determines your setbacks. There are different setback requirements for your principal dwelling or use (if non-residential) and for your accessory uses (sheds, detached garages, swimming pools, etc.) Once you have determined your zoning classification, you can click here to find your particular setback in our Code of Ordinances.

Q. Why do I need a variance?

A. If you are proposing work that does not comply with the Zoning Ordinance, you have to apply for a variance to be able to move forward. Variances permit modifications to setbacks, height, area, etc. in most zoning districts. Keep in mind that variances are not granted automatically and are required to meet certain criteria to be approved.

Q. When do I need a site plan approval?

A. Site Plan approval is required for any new commercial, industrial or multiple family developments. It is also required when there is a substantial change of use in an existing building and/or property.

Public Works

Q. Where does my drinking water come from?

A. Our drinking water comes from two sources: Lake Huron Treatment Plant in Port Huron, which is owned and operated by the City of Detroit, as well as directly from the City of Detroit.

Q. Why are sewer costs higher than water costs?

A. In order to filter and treat the sewage that comes from our Township, the sewage must be pumped back to the City of Detroit. From there, Detroit filters and treats the sewage.

Q. Where can I pay my water bill if I cannot get to the Municipal Offices during normal business hours?

A. If you are able to get to the municipal office between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm, you can drop off your water bill at the Treasurer’s Department. After normal business hours, we have a drop box located at the building entrance with the atrium. Please enclose your payment in an envelope marked “Water Department”. Please do not put cash in the drop box.

If you wish to apply for Direct Payment, please click here.

Q.  Understanding Water Rates

This year is an unprecedented year. As a part of Detroit coming out of bankruptcy, a plan created by Kevyn Orr called for regional operation and maintenance (O&M) of the water and sewer mains outside of the City of Detroit. This group was named the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA). You can obtain more information about the GLWA at glwater.org.

The City of Detroit is hard at work making sure they provide the safest, cleanest water possible while attempting to keep costs down to offer acceptable rates to their customers. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), as well as Chesterfield Township, want you to be fully aware and understand why water rates increase, how to reduce your water bill, and many other questions you may have. The videos below, and much more information, can be found at dwsdoutreach.org.

Watch the Video Why Doesn’t My Bill Go Down When I Use Less Water?

Watch the Video Why Do My Water Rates Keep Going Up?

Watch the Video How much do I pay for a gallon of water?

Watch the Video How can I reduce my water bill?

Q. How can I lower my water bill?

A. You can learn about water conservation. Check for leaks in you faucets and hose connections, replace worn out fixtures and washers. To test your toilet, add several drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. If it is leaking, the food coloring will appear in your toilet bowl without having to flush your toilet. You may also want to consider using your sprinkler system in early morning or evening hours. The DPW also offers a second meter for your outside water usage. The charges incurred are for water use only. To apply for a second meter, click here..

Q. Does Chesterfield Township accept payments by credit card?

A. Starting June 29, 2015 you may pay your property taxes and water bills by credit card over the phone, simply call Point and Pay toll free at (866-869-9671) and follow the instructions. You will be informed of the convenience fee, of 3% or a minimum of $2.00. You will be given a confirmation number at the end of the call, which you should keep for your records. Your payment will be posted on the next business day.

Q. Can I make a payment on line?

A. Online Payments will be accepted after June 29, 2015
To access this option, please select Utility Billing Lookup on the left of the home screen. Search your property and click the “Pay online” button. You will be then be re-directed to the Point & Pay website to make a payment.
Fees: Please note there will be a convenience fee paid directly to Point & Pay if you choose to utilize this option:

  • Credit Cards: 3% Fee (minimum $2.00).
  • E-Checks:
    • Flat Fee of $3.00, up to $10,000.
    • Flat Fee of $10.000, anything over $10,000.

Senior Center

Q. Where is the Chesterfield Senior Center located?

A. The Chesterfield Senior Center is adjacent to the Township Municipal Offices, located at 47275 Sugarbush Road, 586-949-0400, then press 7.

Q. What are the Chesterfield Senior Center business hours?

A. Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Q. Does Chesterfield Township have senior housing?

A. The Charter Township of Chesterfield currently has no senior citizen housing. For information regarding senior citizen housing please contact Macomb County Senior Services at (586) 469-5228

Q. What kind of senior transportation is available?

A. Charter Township of Chesterfield Senior Transportation Program (In Partnership with SMART and Richmond Lenox EMS).  This transportation services is available to senior citizens (55 years of age and older) and disabled persons that are residents of the Charter Township of Chesterfield.

The service area boundaries are I-69 to the north, 16 Mile Road to the south, Lake St. Clair to the east and M-53 to the west.

Transportation is available Monday through Friday from 7:00am until 7:00pm and on Saturday from 9:00am until 3:00pm.

Travel must be scheduled a minimum of 3 days in advance and is scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Transportation reservations are taken up to four months in advance. Seating is limited. The schedule transportation call 586-749-7713.

Note: The dispatcher will answer the phone “Richmond Lenox EMS”.

There is no cost for this service. A donation is suggested.

Township Supervisor

Q. Whose responsibility is it to take care of the roads?

A. All of the roads in Chesterfield Township are either County roads or private roads. It is the County’s responsibility to maintain County roads and the resident’s responsibility to maintain private roads. However, the Township, in working with the County, does grade or plow snow on County roads, if the County gives the Township authorization.

Q. Who chlorides the roads?

A. With regards to dust, the County usually pays for one application of chloride. All other applications are paid for out of the Township’s general fund.

Q. Whose responsibility is it for snow removal?

A. All public roads in Chesterfield Township are under the jurisdiction of the Road Commission of Macomb County. Snow removal on all roadways, major, secondary and residential are done by their crews. When there is more than

2 inches accumulation, residential roads are to be cleaned. Township crews are only permitted to assist with snow removal when authorized by the Road Commission and routes are forwarded to the Township Department of Public Works. Please direct inquires to 586-463-8671.

Q. Who do residents call to cut the weeds in the County drain ditches?

A. The residents call the Drain Commission office at 586-469-5325 or the Township offices at 586-949-0400.

Q. If a resident is denied a variance at the ZBA, can the Township Board overturn that decision, if the resident appeals to the Township Board?

A. The Township Board cannot overturn a ZBA decision. The only way the ZBA decision can be overturned is through Circuit Court. The Township Board can enter into a consent court agreement to settle a ZBA appeal.

Q. What is being done to improve the parks?

A. New lights were installed at Pollard Park so that soccer and baseball can be played on the existing diamonds at night. A hike/bike path was installed for residents to use if they want to walk, roller blade or ride their bikes. A new concession stand will be ready in the spring.

A hike/bike trail was put through Brandenburg Park and a 3 mile senior citizen walking loop was installed behind the Municipal Building off of Sugarbush. Connie M. Bowles Memorial Park is being developed on 25 Mile and Gratiot to service residents in the north end of the Township. Recently the township also aquired surplus government property on Chesterfield Road South of 25 Mile Road.

Q. Who picks up trash in the Township?

A. Rizzo Services has been contracted as the single waste hauler for the Township. Residents can call 866-772-8900 with any questions for concerns.

Q. Who regulates wetlands in Chesterfield Township ?

A. Wetlands are protected by the DEQ, which is a state-operated department. The Township has no control over existing wetlands.

Q. What cable companies are in the Township?

A. There are two cable companies in the Township. One is Comcast and the other is AT&T, which has limited service at this time. The Township does everything possible to permit competition for cable services.

Township Treasurer

Q. When are my taxes due?

A. Your Summer tax is due from July 1 to September 14 without penalty.  However, you can still pay that tax statement at the Municipal Offices through February 28, but that payment must have the interest charges included. Interest amounts are as follows:

  • September 15-30, 1%
  • October 1-31, 2%
  • November 1-30, 3%
  • December 1-31, 4%
  • January 1-31, 5%
  • February 1-28, 6%

Your winter tax is due from December 1 payable up to February 14 without penalty.

Q. Where do I pay a delinquent tax statement?

A. Taxes that become delinquent as of March 1 must be paid at the Macomb County Treasurers Office in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.

Q. What form of payment is accepted for tax statements?

A. Cash, check or money order made payable to the Charter Township of Chesterfield Treasurer. Credit card payments are only accepted online through Official Payment Inc.

Q. Where can I pay my taxes if I cannot get to the Municipal Offices during normal business hours?

A. Huntington Bank will collect tax payments. However, we also have a drop box connected to the Municipal Offices.  Please enclose your payment in an envelope marked “Treasurer’s Office”.  Please do not put cash in the drop box.

Q. Are there any special assessments on my property?

A. You can click here to view your tax, special assessment and assessing information.

Q. Can I claim a Special Assessment payment on income taxes?

A. You will have to seek this advice from your tax advisor.

Q. Does Chesterfield Township have automatic bill payment for taxes and water bills available and will there be a fee for this service?

A.  Automatic bill payment is available for water bills only without any additional fees. You can click here to get the necessary Enrollment Form.

Q. Does Chesterfield Township accept payments by credit card?

A. Starting June 29, 2015 you may pay your property taxes and water bills by credit card over the phone, simply call Point and Pay toll free at (866-869-9671) and follow the instructions. You will be informed of the convenience fee, of 3% or a minimum of $2.00. You will be given a confirmation number at the end of the call, which you should keep for your records. Your payment will be posted on the next business day.

Online Payments accepted after June 29, 2015

To access this option, please select Property Tax and Assessing lookup on the left of the home screen. Search your property and click the “Pay online” button. You will be then be re-directed to the Point & Pay website to make a payment.
Fees: Please note there will be a convenience fee paid directly to Point & Pay if you choose to utilize this option:

  • Credit Cards: 3% Fee (minimum $2.00).
  • E-Checks:
    • Flat Fee of $3.00, up to $10,000.
    • Flat Fee of $10.000, anything over $10,000.

Q. What school district am I in?

A. The center section of your tax statement has a 5 digit number which identifies the school district you are in. Those numbers are as follows:

  • 50170 New Haven
  • 50040 Anchor Bay
  • 50140 L’Anse Creuse

Q. As a senior citizen is there some way I can pay both my summer and winter taxes in the winter?

A. You can click here for the Application for Deferment of Summer Taxes.

Q. Who do I make my check payable to?

A. Chesterfield Township

Q. How do I go about processing my name, address?

A. If you have a name and address change or correction, please notify the Assessor’s office at (586)949-0400 press 8 then press 5.

Q. How do I make payments to Rizzo Services?

A. Any questions about solid waste services should be directed to Rizzo Services at (866)772-8900. Payments should be sent to the following address or you can pay online.
Rizzo Services
22449 Groesbeck
Warren, MI 48089

Q. How do I contact the Treasurer’s Office?

A. By telephone at (586)949-0400 ext. 6 or by fax at (586)949-4061 or by email eclark@chesterfieldtwp.org.  

 

 

 

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