Welcome to Sparta

Welcome to the Village of Sparta, Michigan

Sparta Is TraditionThe 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.

Get Your Utility Bills By Email

Learn About paperless Utility BillingNow you can have your utility bills emailed to you. Sign up for paperless utility billing from the Village of Sparta.

Visit our Water, Sewer and Utilities page to learn more.

2024 Utility Rate Schedule

Please see the attached file for the current 2024 Utility Rates & Fees.

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.

History of Sparta

Myers SchoolhouseThe 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.

Village News & Notes

Job Opening – Village of Sparta

The Village of Sparta is accepting applications for a full-time Accounts Receivable/Payroll Clerk position. The starting pay is $23.00/hr. with MERS Defined Contribution retirement plan (10% Employer, 5% Employee Contribution), personal, sick, and vacation paid time off, excellent low out of pocket cost BCBSM Health Insurance, Vision, Dental, and Life insurance benefits.

The work schedule is four 10-hour shifts Monday thru Thursday 7:30am to 5:30pm. Paid on-site breaks and working lunch. All Friday’s Off!

No experience or college degree necessary. However, experience with customer service, BS&A Software, accounting, or payroll experience considered a plus.

Position will be trained on the job. The most important requirements are a positive attitude, eagerness to learn, and ability to work well with our team.

The position works as part of our three-person finance team in Village Hall under the direct supervision of our Finance Director. Primary responsibilities include customer service (answering the phone, emails, and in-person inquires), payroll, data entry, filing, and accounts receivable.

This is an excellent opportunity to begin or continue a career serving the public in local government administration.

For any questions, please contact Jim Lower, Sparta Village Manager by email. Deadline to apply is Midnight Sunday, May 26, 2024. Email Resume and Cover Letter by clicking here.

Brush Pick-Up 2024

The Village of Sparta’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to announce the start of its brush pickup service on April 1, 2024. This service is essential for keeping our village clean and safe.
Brush Pickup Details:

  • Start Date: The service begins on April 1, 2024.
  • Monthly Schedule: Brush will be picked up on the first Monday of each month.
  • Set Out Time: Please place brush curbside by 7:00 AM on the designated Monday.
  • Size Limit: Brush size is limited to a maximum diameter of 4 inches. Larger materials will not be collected.
  • Location: Brush should be placed between the sidewalk and curb, not on the street. Align smaller branches with cut ends facing the road. Larger branches should have cut ends facing in the direction of traffic flow.
Monthly Pickup Dates:

  • April 1
  • May 6
  • June 3
  • July 8
  • August 5
  • September 2
  • October 7
Additional Instructions:

  • Do not block sidewalks with brush.
  • Do not mix in leaves, garden waste, or grass clippings.
  • Brush exceeding 4 inches in diameter should be taken to the DPW garage.
End of Service: The last pickup for the year will be on October 7, 2024.
Drop-off Information: Residents can drop off acceptable brush, leaves, garden waste, and grass clippings at the Village of Sparta DPW Building at 276 W. Division Street during regular working hours. Please ensure you do not obstruct the parking lot.
Prohibited Items: No commercial dumping, stumps, or root balls are allowed.
Contact Information: For any questions or additional information, please contact:
  • The Village Office at (616) 887-8251
  • DPW staff at (616) 887-9303