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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
Special Meeting Notice
PUBLIC NOTICE OF A SPECIAL
VILLAGE COUNCIL MEETING
VILLAGE OF SPARTA
KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN
The Sparta Village Council will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, February 26, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sparta Civic Center located at 75 N. Union St, Sparta, MI 49345. The purpose of the special meeting is to discuss master plan implementation and possible zoning changes and any other business properly before the Village Council.
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. Questions or written comments may be directed to the Village Manager, James A. Lower at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan, Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Public Hearing Notice
VILLAGE OF SPARTA
KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER
BAKER INVESTMENT PROPERTIES, LLC.
FOR AN INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Village Council of the Village of Sparta shall hold a public hearing to consider an application for an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate filed by Baker Investment Properties, LLC located at 275 Hickory St. NW. Sparta, MI 49345 pursuant to PA 198 of 1974, as amended.
The applicant is requesting a 50% tax abatement for a period of twelve (12) years for new building improvements (real property) valued at $2,620,000.00. Baker Investment Properties, LLC. is located in the Industrial Development District located in the industrial development district established for the parcels in this area.
TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the public hearing shall be held on March 11, 2024 at 7:00 p.m., local time, in the Sparta Civic Center located at 75 N. Union Street, at which time the Village Council shall afford Baker Investment Properties, LLC., the Village Assessor, a representative of each taxing unit which levies ad valorem property taxes in the Village and the residents and taxpayers of the Village an opportunity to be heard regarding the application for an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate. A copy of the application is available in the Village Office for review Monday-Thursday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the address below. Written comments will be received by the Village Manager at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan 49345 until Noon on March 10, 2024.
Written comments on the proposed abatement can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. These comments will be provided to the Village Council prior to the meeting and included as part of the public record.
Opportunity to Comment:
The Village of Sparta has been working in partnership with Sparta Schools on a Safe Routes to School Program in the Village. The goal of the project is to promote the safety of children walking to and from school.
The Village is seeking additional comments on the De Minimus finding regarding the project. The De Minimus finding for this project, specifically the sections at Appleview Elementary and Ridgeview Elementary, is that the project will have no significant impact to the resource and the amount and location of the land to be used does not impair the use of the remaining Sectoin 4(f) property for its intended purpose. Interested residents, students, faculty members, or community can reach out to Village Manager Jim Lower by emailing here or at 616-887-8251 regarding this finding. Please provide any comments no later than March 8th, 2024.