Finance Office and Transparency

Here find information about Village finances, taxes, fiscal transparency, and duties of the Village Treasurer and Finance Director.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tax bills are paid at both Village Hall and at the Township Hall.

Taxes for the Village are collected once a year and paid at Village Hall. Township and county taxes are collected twice a year and are paid at the Township Hall.

For permanent residences (PRE) the millage rate is 38.7234

For non-permanent residences, commercial, industrial, or vacant property (Non-PRE) the millage rate is 56.7234

2023 Water & Sewer Rate Information

NewThere were changes to the water and sewer bills that began January 1, 2022 and there were updates as that went into effect on January 1, 2023. For more information on these changes please click on the link for the information sheet below. You can also check out the FY 2022 and FY 2023 budget documents on the right side of this page for additional information.

The Village has completed a comprehensive Water & Sewer Rate Study, which included a public meeting, feedback opportunities for the public and a full presentation of the new rate structure. This was being completed in conjunction with the Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) Program as required by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

The Village Treasurer and Finance Director is responsible for managing the financial aspects for the Village. The Village Treasurer is tasked with receiving all money belonging to and receivable by the Village. The Treasurer also keeps accounts for all receipts and expenditures. The Treasurer has charge over all money, bonds, mortgages, notes, leases, and evidences of value belonging to the Village.

Information regarding property taxes can be found Here.

Village Revenue Sharing Program Reporting

For the Village to be eligible for 100% of its statutory revenue sharing it must post the following information to the Village website.

1. Village Incentive Program Certification Form
2. Citizens Guide to Local Finances
3. Perfomance Dashboard
4. Debt Service Report
5. Projected Budget Report

Financial Audit Information

The Village has an annual audit of all funds performed by Siegfied Crandall.

Village of Sparta Economic Development Strategy

Participants in the Michigan Department of Economic Development (MEDC) Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) program strive to “distinguish themselves from others by having a clear strategy that describes how they intend to attract development, build tax base and create jobs.

The Village of Sparta is participating in the RRC program, and this Economic Development Strategy is focused on specific actions the Village can take to achieve the economic development outcomes described in this document.

Please take a moment to review the following document.

Pension & Other Post Employment Benefit Report

Per Act 202 of 2017 the Village of Sparta is required to annually have the following report completed. This report is to be posted on the Village website and provided to the Village Council.

Freedom of Information Act Resources

For all non Police Related FOIA questions please contact - James A. Lower, Village Manager.

If you have a Police Related FOIA question please contact Police FOIA Coordinator - Sgt. David Price.

Finance Office Contact Information

Treasurer & Finance Director: David Carpenter

156 E. Division St.
Sparta, MI 49345

Phone:(616) 887-8251
Fax:(616) 887-1114
Email: David Carpenter