Frequently Asked Questions
The storm water that enters my property does not leave the site. Why am I being assessed?
The assessment calculation takes into account that only a portion of storm water runs off the property. Typically, a residential property is assumed to only runoff 30% to 50% of water that falls on the property depending on the lot size. Agricultural and large undeveloped property is assumed to have a runoff of 20%. Commercial properties have a higher runoff due to increased impervious areas and assume a runoff of 60% to 80% runoff. Also, credit is given to waterways and ponds that are within properties by reducing the parcel acreage by the surface area of the water feature.
I was sent a notice on the assessment for a property I no longer own.
What do I do with the notice?Our property owner information is based on the County’s database. The County receives the taxpayer information from the City or Township Assessor’s Office. It typically takes 3 months to roll over to the county system. If the information provided is less current than the 3 month period, please contact the City/Township Assessor’s Office level and no further action needs to be taken.
How often will I be charged for this drain assessment?
The State of Michigan Drain Code requires that work done on a County Drain be paid for with monies from that particular Drain’s fund. Whenever the fund for this Drain goes below $5,000 per mile of that Drain, the Drain Commissioner may assess the drain district to replenish that fund. The cost of the recent maintenance on the Laubach Drain is being spread over 3 equal annual payments to ease the burden of its cost.
My property has a drainage issue. Do I report this issue to the Drain Office
and can they assist me in getting it resolved?Use the link entitled “Report a Drain Problem” found on the Drain Commissioner’s website.
- Where is my property located within the drainage district?