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Welcome to the Village of Sparta, Michigan
The warm and friendly Village of Sparta is located just north of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sparta is a great place to raise a family and grow a business.
Sparta Is Tradition. On this website, you'll find information about our parks, history, finances, and departments of the Village, as well as important links to the community, resources and document downloads.
Whether you are a long-time resident or new to the area, we want to help you, and we are glad you're here.
Pay Your Water/Sewer Bill Online
The Village of Sparta has recently switched over to BS&A Online to process water/sewer bills and property tax payments. Click here to pay your bill online.
Residents are encouraged to create a BS&A Online account, although it is not required to make a payment. Setting up an account will allow you to see the payment history, receipts, water usage, and more. We will NOT be able to accept credit card payments for permits or other fees at this time. You will need to pay with a check or cash through our office at 156 E Division Street or via US mail to pay fees. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Payments will be posted in real-time, so as soon as you enter your payment, it will automatically be deducted from your account. Please note there is a fee of 3% when you pay with a credit card with a minimum fee of $2.00.
2023 Water & Sewer Rate Information (Updated Shortly)
Effective January 1, 2023, the Village of Sparta made 5% adjustments to the utility rates. The changes are reflected in February bills. (Those are the bills for January usage.) These changes were approved by Village Council on December 12, 2022, following two (2) years of no adjustments.
The Village has increased water and sewer commodity charges (on use), as well as the ready to serve capital charges for both water and sewer. This will result in an increase for both water and sewer customers. Please click the link below to see the informational sheet that was created to explain the changes and why they are happening.
A few years ago the Village completed a Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) Grant, which identified what improvements are needed for the sanitary sewer collection system, wastewater treatment plant, and the storm sewer system. This included a complete rate study for which the rates are based on. The findings of the rate study were presented on August 13, 2021 at 6:00 PM at the Utility Rate Workshop.
If you are interested in learning more about the upcoming projects, please check out the 2023-2028 Capital Improvement Plan. The plan can be found under the Services tab “Finance and Transparency” on the Village website at www.spartami.org.
The link below were updated on 2/5/23, with the 2022 link below left for reference.
History of Sparta
The first settlers who arrived in the area of Sparta, Michigan in 1844 discovered rich land and abundant streams.
The first railroad reached Sparta in 1872, linking the community with Grand Rapids and ensuring the progress and prosperity of the area.
Most of Sparta’s settlers were farmers. Today, along with its agricultural and industrial base, Sparta has developed services from banking to retail and offers easy access to a major metropolitan area.
Sparta has two museums in operation today reflecting on the history of the establishment of Sparta with the Myers Schoolhouse Museum and the T.S. & M Railroad Depot.
Learn More about the History of Sparta
Village News & Notes
Public Hearing Notice 12-11-23
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
VILLAGE OF SPARTA
On Monday, December 11, 2023, the Sparta Village Council will hold a public hearing during a regular business meeting at 7:00 PM in Sparta Civic Center located at 75 N. Union Street, Sparta, MI 49345 for the purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed 2024 fee schedule for utilities. Any parties interested in commenting on the fee schedule may do so during this public hearing or submit comments in writing to Village Manager, James A. Lower at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan, Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
No later than December 4th, 2023, a copy of the proposed 2024 fee schedule may be inspected at the Sparta Village Hall, 156 E. Division St., Sparta, MI, Monday – Thursday, 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM. This notice is posted in compliance with the requirements of the Open Meeting Act, Act 267 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1976, as amended.
James A. Lower
Sparta Village Manager
Sparta Master Plan Open for Public Comment
Sparta is requesting your feedback now though October 27, 2023, on the Village of Sparta Master Plan. An electronic version of the draft master plan can be accessed at the bottom of this article.
Feedback is welcome by emailing Danielle Bouchard with McKenna Associates or by mailing/dropping off written comments to the village office.
The village will hold a public hearing during the During the December 4th, 2023 Sparta Planning Commission (note change in date) meeting at the Sparta Civic Center, 7:00pm. Verbal/Written comments from the public will be accepted in person at this meeting.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Download a File:
Draft Master Plan (PDF)