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If your trash can was put out in time and not picked-up, send a request through the GFL Customer Service Portal (QAlert) website. Go to: http://qalerts.gflusa.com/311/request/add or call GFL at (844) 464-3587.
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City hall is open to the public Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and Friday from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. The 21st District Court maintains its own hours of operation.
Block party applications are available from the Records Clerk of the Police Department. Applications should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the date of the event to allow adequate time for review and approval. For more information
City offices at City Hall are open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Birth certificates can only be obtained in person by the individual of record or one of the parents listed on the birth certificate. The person obtaining the birth certificate must present his/her picture identification. We only have birth records for individuals born in Garden City. NOTE BEGINNING JULY 1, 2020 The cost is $20 for 1 copy and $5 for any additional copies purchased at the same time (Additional Certified Mail Fees apply if birth record needs to be mailed). If you were born prior to 1979 and your parents were not married, or you were adopted, the City will not have your birth record. You must contact the State of Michigan at 517-335-8666.
Birth certificates can be requested from Garden City by mail. MAIL IN FORM . Your request can also be submitted in letter format. You must include the name on record, the date of birth, mother’s full maiden name, father’s full name, your relationship to the individual on record and an address where you want the record mailed. (If you are the individual on record, and you have had a name change, list the reason, i.e., marriage, etc.) Your must provide a copy of your valid photo ID or have your application notarized by a notary public with a stamp and a seal. Please include a check or money order for $29.90 for 1 copy and $5 for each additional copy made payable to the City of Garden City.
Death records are public information and can be obtained by anyone. NOTE BEGINNING JULY 1, 2020 Certified records cost $20 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.
Visit localhelp.healthcare.gov, type in your zip code, and a list of local application assisters be provided.
Dental services may be provided by the beneficiary's health plan. See your health insurance plan’s website for dentists that take your insurance.
Healthy Michigan Plan participants, with some limited exceptions, must enroll in a Medicaid Health Plan that will pay your doctor for your care. Check with your doctors to find out whether they participate with one of these plans.
If you still have not received anything after 45 days of applying for assistance, you should call 855-275-6424. Also, you can check for updates by creating/logging into your account at newmibridges.michigan.gov.
You have 2 options based on your situation.
First, if you experience a life change, like getting married, having a baby or losing health coverage, that qualifies you for a special enrollment period, you may be able to enroll in a marketplace plan outside open enrollment. You may be asked to submit documents to prove your eligibility for a special enrollment period.
Second, through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), you can apply for free or low-cost coverage ALL YEAR. If you qualify, you can enroll now. Exception include Native American tribes and Alaska Natives. Members of federally recognized tribes and Alaska Native shareholders can enroll in marketplace coverage any time of year. They can change plans as often as once a month.
The Healthy Michigan Plan provides health care benefits to Michigan residents at a low cost so that more people can have health care coverage. Individuals are eligible for the Healthy Michigan Plan if they:
*Eligibility for the Healthy Michigan Plan is determined through the Modified Adjusted Gross Income methodology.
Visit your local Department of Human Services office
You can apply for Medicaid at newmibridges.michigan.gov or call 734-793-1857 for a referral to in-person assistance.
If you call your caseworker and they do not answer, we always encourage people to leave a detailed message and ensure you leave all the information the case worker asks for. If you do not get a return phone call, continue to call and document the dates and times you call. If you still cannot get in contact with your caseworker you may need to contact their supervisor. Search for your assigned local office.
Residents can call and make a tax assistance appointment at the end of December each year. The service has a limited number of appointments available and it is by a first-come/first-serve basis. Call as early as possible! The appointments tend to book up fast!
If you are low to moderate income and/or a senior citizen, you will likely qualify for assistance.
The checklist below includes items you need to bring when you visit an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site for us to help you prepare your tax return(s):
-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
-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)
Deductions -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)
NO. You must have an appointment to see a tax assister. Call 734-793-1857 to make your appointment.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation help to anyone and if you’re 50 and older, or can’t afford a tax preparation service, we were made especially for you. AARP understands that retirement or other life changes may mean your taxes are a little more complicated now. With the help of the team of IRS-certified volunteers we make it easy for you. 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 Prep Website
Must attest to having a household income that falls within the income guidelines. No proof needed.
Income guidelines are listed below.
*For each additional family member add $9,440
If you have any questions, contact Pat at (734) 793-1859
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. It provides food and administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups.
You must be a Garden City Resident or have a student in the GCPS district. There are suggested income guidelines, but circumstances vary, so it is best to contact the pantry at 734-793-1859 for further information.
The pantry runs completely on donations from the community. Donations can be dropped off at the Maplewood Community Center. Checks can be made out to Garden City Our H.O.M.E. Pantry. Monetary donations go directly to purchasing food/hygiene items for the pantry shelves.
Suggested food donations are as follows:
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Canned tuna/chicken
- Macaroni and cheese
- Canned beans
- Boxed potatoes
- Canned/boxed pasta
- Mustard and ketchup
- Toilet paper
- Feminine products
-Other hygiene products
A household can shop at the pantry once a month. Twelve visits a year. The pantry does offer 'emergency food bags' to anyone in a food emergency at anytime.
The amount of food a family receives is based on the number of people in their household. For each member in the home, 10 lbs. of food can be received. The limit, however, is 50 lbs. a visit. For example, a family of 6 will receive 50 lbs. of food a month.
Visit the Volunteer Registry Page and check the box "Food Pantry".
29213 Ford Road (east of Middlebelt Road)
These programs are run by the Garden City Youth Athletic Association, a volunteer organization.
Upstairs at the Garden City Civic Ice Arena, located in Garden City Park, near the Cherry Hill Road entrance.
This program is run by the Garden City Soccer Club, a volunteer organization.
The Maplewood Community Center is located at 31735 Maplewood St, Garden City, MI 48135. Maplewood Community Center houses Dance Express, Family Resource Center, Community Supports office, and the Maplewood Senior Center.
You can view the calendar for the Garden City Ice Arena anytime on their 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.
- Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Fridays: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed on weekends and holidays
There are no gun related transactions 30 minutes prior to closing.
Compost will be picked up the first full week of April through approximately the middle of December. Please plan your clean-ups and trimming accordingly, as compost cannot be mixed with your trash at any time. The special Christmas Tree pick up begins the day after Christmas and lasts till mid January.
During the composting period, residents must use a regular refuse container 32 gallon size with a "Yard Waste" recycling sticker or Kraft-type brown paper bag specifically designed for yard waste for curbside yard waste collection. Marked cans and compost bags should be placed at the curb for pickup on the same day as regular refuse collection. Yard waste placed in improper containers or mixed with regular refuse will not be collected.
When set out for collection, yard waste shall be separated from regular refuse approximately 5 feet. Yard waste stickers can be picked up at the Public Service Department Office. View contact information for the
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
Any street light problems should be reported to Detroit Edison at 1-800-477-4747 or online at DTE. DTE handles all lighting in Garden City. They will need the identification number off the pole when possible.
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.
Under Proposal A, the year following the transfer of ownership, a property's taxable value is uncapped to equal the assessed value as calculated for that year. A new owner will pay taxes on this value rather than the previous owners capped value.
What is meant by “taxable value uncapping”?Except for additions and losses to a property, annual increases in the property’s taxable value are limited to 5% or the inflation rate, whichever is less for continuous owners. In the year following a statutory transfer of ownership, that limitation is eliminated and the property’s taxable value is set at 50% of the property’s true cash value (i.e., the state equalized value). This is what is meant by “taxable value uncapping”. See Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 211.27a(3).Note: A property’s true cash value is usually not the same as its sale price for a variety of reasons. An assessor must determine the true cash value of a property which has sold in the same manner that the assessor determines the true cash values of properties which have not sold. Therefore, an assessor may not automatically set an assessed value or a taxable value at half of a property’s selling price. See State Tax Commission Bulletin No. 19 of 1997 and State Tax Commission Memorandum dated October 25, 2005 that describes the illegal and unconstitutional practice of “following sales.”How do I know if I “uncapped”?What does this mean for you?In the calendar year after you purchase your property, your taxes will no longer be based on the previous owner’s capped taxable value. The taxable value in your second calendar year of ownership will only increase by the rate of inflation or 5%, whichever is less, unless additions or losses to the property occur, because it is now capped.Your taxable value may now be different than your neighbors. Their taxable value may have been capped many years before yours, so it would have no correlation with the current market and is not comparable. The Assessed Value is the factor to be used when comparing properties for current value in the market.