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Death records are public information and can be obtained by anyone. Certified records cost $15 for the first copy, and $5 for each additional copy (purchased at the same time), and can be obtained in person or with mail in request. A mail-in request form is available or you can submit your request in letter format. Please be sure to include the date of death, a return address and your check or money order made payable to Garden City.
Yes you do. Permits for garage sales are $6 and can be obtained online and at the Clerk’s Office. You must know your sale dates. Pay Online.
City Council meetings take place at 7 p.m., 2 Mondays a month.
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FPU Adult- Community Discount: $50 Senior Citizen Discount (age 55 and up): $25 FPU Teen- Teens (general public): $30 Teens (FRC client): No cost
-Last year’s tax return(s)-Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and every individual on your return.-Photo I.D. required for all taxpayers.-Checkbook if you want to direct deposit any refund(s).-Income
-W-2 from each employer-Unemployment compensation statements-SSA-1099 Form showing the total Social Security benefits paid to you for the year, or Form RRB-1099, Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits-1099 Forms reporting interest (1099-INT), dividends (1099-DIV), proceeds from sales (1099-B), as well as documentation showing the original purchase price of your sold assets-1099-R Form if you received a pension, annuity, or IRA distribution-1099-MISC Forms-Information about other forms of Income-State or local income tax refunds Payments
-All forms and canceled checks indicating federal and state income tax paid (including quarterly estimated tax payments)
-Most taxpayers have a choice of taking either a standard deduction or itemizing their deductions. If you have a substantial amount of deductions, you may want to itemize. You will need to bring the following information:
-1098 Form showing any home mortgage interest-A list of medical/dental expenses (including doctor and hospital bills and medical insurance premiums), a list of prescription medicines, costs of assisted living services, and bills for home improvements such as ramps and railings for people with disabilities-Summary of contributions to charity-Receipts or canceled checks for all quarterly or other paid tax-Property Tax bills and proof of payment-Health Insurance
-1095A Forms if you purchased insurance through the Marketplace (Exchange)-1095B Forms (if applicable)-Any exemption correspondence from the Marketplace (if applicable)-Credits
-Dependent care provider information (name, employer ID, or Social Security number)-1098-T and 1098-E Forms (Tuition and Student Loan Interest)
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has more than 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers. There’s no fee and no sales pitch for other services and AARP membership is not required. AARP Tax-Aide Website
No person residing in a residential area in this city shall keep, harbor, or possess more than three dogs or cats (Ordinance #90.16), this is a misdemeanor. For exceptions see Ordinance 90.40, which deals with Boarding Kennels.
Items that can be recycled include:
Cardboard & Paper BagsPaperboard Magazines & CatalogsJunk MailPhone BooksNewspaperOffice PaperSteel & Tin CansClear GlassColored GlassKitchen CookwareAluminum CansPlastic Jugs/BottlesHousehold Plastic (#1 – #7)Plastic Bags
Items that CANNOT be recycled include:
Paper Milk or Juice CartonsStyrofoam Containers/PackingGarbage/Compost Food WastePropane TanksPaint CansMedical Waste/SyringesFlammable LiquidsHousehold CleanersChemicals (Dry or Liquid)Wood ItemsConcreteElectrical Cords/BatteriesGarden HosesTires
Assessed Value- The assessed value is determined by a property's market value. Set by the assessor, the assessed value when multiplied by two will give an approximate market value of the property. The assessor is constitutionally required to set the assesses value at 50% of the usual selling price or true cash value of the property.
State Equalized Value (SEV)- SEV is the assessed value that has been adjusted following county and state equalization. The County Board of Commissioners and the Michigan State Tax Commission must review local assessments and adjust (equalize) them if they are above or below the constitutional 50% level of assessment.
Taxable value- A property's taxable value is the value used for determining the property owner's tax liability. Multiplying the taxable value by the local millage rate will determine your tax liability. Taxable value increases from year to year by the rate of inflation or 5%, whichever is lower. Transfers of ownership and improvements to the property will increase the taxable value more than the rate of inflation, but never more than the assessed value.
Michigan law requires each city to include both a SEV and taxable value on its Assessment Roll. The SEV represents 50 percent of true cash value. The taxable value is the amount that the owner will pay taxes on.
The SEV is calculated by sales studies of properties selling in Garden City 24 of the prior 36 months. The taxable value is increased annually by the Consumer Price Index or 5 percent, which ever is less until the property ownership is transferred, and then the taxable value is uncapped.