What is the total Millage rate for the City of Brighton
The most current Millage rate information (2009) is as
Your taxable value x the Millage rate = annual property
What is the Homestead Exemption?
The Homestead Exemption is the result of Proposal A, passed
by Michigan voters in 1994. It exempts a property owner from
school operating tax, which currently is18.00 mills for
Brighton schools. Every property owner in Michigan is allowed
one exemption on their principal residence only (a home which
is owned and occupied.) A secondary home does not qualify, nor
do commercial and industrial properties. Applications are
available in the Brighton City Hall, or by calling (810)
My title company says I have to file a Property Transfer
Affidavit within 45 days of closing, or I may be fined. What
exactly is this document?
A Property Transfer Affidavit notifies the assessor’s
office that a transfer of ownership has occurred. This is
another result of Proposal A, passed by Michigan voters in
1994. Since the passing of Proposal A, the amount a property
owner is taxed is limited to an increase not to exceed (5%) or
the annual rate of inflation, whichever is less; in other
words, the taxable value is “capped.” Once there is a transfer
of ownership, that taxable value is “uncapped” and will become
the same value as the assessed value in the year following the
How does the assessor arrive at the value on my property?
Each year, the assessor reviews all properties within its
jurisdiction to see what changes have taken place through
either new construction or demolition. It also reviews recent
sales to determine if the assessments fall within 50 percent
of true cash value. The assessor's office also uses the cost
approach to determine what your home would cost to build at
today's prices. It is a combination of all these factors that
determine the assessor's value of your property.
Building Related FAQs
Why do I need a building permit?
A permit is needed to ensure that the construction of homes
in which citizens of our community reside, and the buildings
in which they work, are designed and constructed to be
structurally stable, with adequate means of egress and
adequate light and ventilation, and provide a minimum
acceptable level of protection to life and property from fire.
How do I know what type of work requires a permit?
Click here for information on permits.
What Building Department inspections are performed and
approved prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy?
The following inspections:
- Site Inspection – building staked prior to excavation
- Spread and/or column and/or trench footings (prior to
- Driveway and sidewalk (formed and prior to pouring
- Anchor bolts or straps and backfill (drain tile in place
and covered with pea stone and exterior walls damp proofed
or water proofed)
- Compaction and vapor barrier, when required (prior to
pouring concrete floor)
- Rough plumbing, mechanical/heating, and electrical
- Rough building
- Drywall/wallboard (board applied prior to taping)
- Final plumbing, mechanical/heating, and electrical
- Final building inspection AFTER approval of prior listed
Who do I call to get a water tap for my new building?
The Utilities Superintendent can assist you in securing a
water tap. Please call (810) 227-9479.
Who do I call for electric service?
For electric service, please contact Detroit Edison
directly at (517) 545-9800.
For additional information and questions, please contact
the Building Department at (810) 227-9005.
What is the City's fiscal year?
July 1 - June 30.
Who pays property taxes and how are they calculated?
All owners of real and personal property in the City pay
property taxes. Real property represents land and buildings.
Personal property represents the furniture, fixtures and
equipment of businesses in the City of Brighton. Property
taxes are calculated by multiplying two factors, the taxable
value of the property and the millage rate. The taxable value,
which is determined each year by the City's assessor,
basically represents 50 percent of the true market value of
the property. Each governing body that levies property taxes
sets its own millage annually. A mill represents $1 per $1,000
of taxable value.
When are tax bills mailed, when are they due and what
units of government do they support?
Each taxpayer of the City receives two tax bills each year.
Bills mailed by July 1 are due on August 15 and contribute to
the City of Brighton and the State Education Tax Fund. Bills
mailed by December 1 are due by February 28 or 29 and
contribute to Livingston County, the Livingston Educational
Service Agency, Brighton Area Schools, Brighton District
Library, State Education Tax Fund and the Brighton Area Fire
Who pays utility bills and how are they calculated?
All users of the City's water and sewer utility systems pay
utility user fees and charges as adopted annually by
resolution of the City Council. The fees and charges are
determined by a rate methodology established as a result of a
rate study that was designed to allow the user fees and
capital contributions to fully support the operations,
maintenance, administration and capital of the City's
When are utility bills mailed and when are they due?
Each utility customer receives their utility bill(s) on a
monthly basis. The bills are mailed the 1st of each
respective month and are due by 20th of that month.
What reports are available on the City of Brighton's
The City has two main financial reports that are available
to the public. The first of these reports is the Annual
Budget, which is adopted each May. The budget provides a
financial blueprint for what the City plans to do in the next
fiscal year and includes the first year of a six-year capital
improvement plan, which outlines the major projects the City
anticipates undertaking. The second report is the Annual
Financial Report, which provides a detailed historical record
of the City's prior fiscal year. The Financial Report includes
a Letter of Transmittal and Management Discussion and Analysis
from the Finance Director, which outlines significant
financial policies and developments; numerical financial
information and operating data; the auditor's report letter;
and financial statements, which include balance sheets, income
statements, comparisons to the budget, statements of net
assets and a statement of activities. Visit the
section of our website to view these reports.
How do I request a Police Officer or make a Police Report?
Dial 911 to request a Police Officer. For general questions
or information you may call (810) 227-2700 during general
business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Where is the Police Department located?
The City of Brighton Police Department is located at 440 S.
Third Street, between Washington Street and Brighton Lake
Do you house prisoners at the Police Department?
No. All prisoners are transported to the Livingston County
Jail, 150 S. Highlander Way, Howell, Michigan. We do have
holding cells where offenders are placed on a temporary basis
until they can be transported to the jail or bond has been
posted. The maximum time the holding cells are utilized is
Where do I pay tickets?
Motor carrier tickets are paid at the Police Department.
Parking violations are also paid at the Police Department, or
a self-addressed envelope may be provided so the fine can be
submitted after postage is attached. Please note, however,
that parking tickets NOT paid or contested within 30 days from
the date of issue are sent to the court.
All other traffic violations and appearance tickets are
paid at the 53rd District Court, 224 N. First Street,
Brighton, MI 48116.
If you have questions regarding motor carrier or parking
violations, please call the Police Department at (810)
227-2700 during business hours. For all other violations,
please call the 53rd District Court at (810) 229-6615.
How do I obtain a copy of a police report?
Police reports, such as those for traffic crashes, can be
picked up at the Police Department. There is a $5 fee. Police
reports are not faxed or mailed without prior payment. Reports
requested by mail must have a return envelope with the
All reports are completed within 48 hours and then must go
through a supervisor's review. Reports will not be released
until the review takes place.
If you have any questions as to the readiness of a report,
please call (810) 227-2700 during business hours.
Where do I go to apply for a Personal Protection Order (PPO)?
The necessary paperwork for a Personal Protection Order (PPO)
is obtained through the Circuit Court Clerk. The Circuit Court
Clerk is located in Howell at 210 S. Highlander Way.
If you have questions or would like to obtain additional
information, please call the Livingston County Circuit Court
Clerk's Office at (517) 546-9816.
What is Recycling?
Recycling is the process of repeatedly putting materials
through the consumption process. For example, when a tree is
first cut it may be used to make crates. When the crates are
discarded they can be recycled and used to make bedding,
mulch and fuel.
Recycling turns waste into resource. It helps reduce the
amount of waste placed in landfills and incinerators, saves
energy, and reduces pollutants. Recycling allows the earth
adequate time to replenish its natural supply of resources,
thus ensuring proper ecological balance.
What materials are recyclable?
Many household waste products are recyclable, but some are
- Cereal and pizza boxes. No wax- or plastic- lined boxes,
- Telephone books, newspapers, magazines, blueprints,
office paper and envelopes are acceptable. Glossy and
thermal fax paper, envelopes with windows, paper towels and
tissue are not.
- Aluminum, tin and steel containers.
- Numbers one and two plastics with small mouths are
recyclable. Wide mouth containers, such as margarine tubs
and bottles that held toxic fluids, are not.
- Clear glass is recyclable, excluding drinking glass,
window glass and Pyrex.
How to handle your recyclables?
The key to successful recycling lies in the way it is
placed for collection. Recyclable materials must be separated
in the recycling bin for best results.
Boxboard, office paper, magazines and newspapers must each
be separated in a recycling bin. Telephone books, corrugated
boxes, flattened plastics, flattened aluminum and other
flattened metal containers can all be placed loosely in the
recycle bin. Glass must be placed outside of recycle bin in a
separate container. Place all recycling next to the curbside
refuse cart no more than one day prior to collection.
What happens to recyclable material?
Recyclable materials are collected by Mister Rubbish and
taken to a solid waste processing and recycling facility
located in either Ann Arbor or Southfield, where materials are
sorted, baled or ground, and delivered to specialized
processors for return to the consumption cycle.
How much waste material is recycled in Brighton?
The amount of materials recycled has decreased over the
last two years. In the first half of 2000, 156,420 pounds of
recycling was collected from residential households. This is
down from the 226,920 pounds collected in the first half of
For more information on recycling in Brighton, call Mister
Rubbish at (866) 797-9018 or the Department of Public Services
at (810) 225-8001. Also visit
Do I need a water softener?
Yes, our water is 21 grains hard, and a softener is
What is the cost to connect to the water or sewer system?
Water: $4,979 per unit
Sewer: $6,180 per unit
What is the water and sewer usage charge for in-City
for rate information.
Who pays for cleaning of plugged sewer lines?
Blockage, whether on the property owners' side or the City
right-of-way, is the property owner's responsibility. Roots or
broken pipes on the property owner's side are his or her
responsibility. Roots or broken pipes on the City side are the
Who do I call for after-hours emergencies?
Water: (810) 227-2968
Sewer: (810) 227-9479
Who do I call for the installation of a remote-read water
Who are the City's engineers?
Tetra Tech-MPS Inc. (810) 220-2112
What is yard waste?
Yard waste is organic material that can be broken down by
oxidation. Some examples are:
- Grass clippings
- Twigs and branches
- Fruit and vegetable scraps
- Dead weeds and garden plants
How do I prepare yard waste?
There are three options available to Brighton residents for
the disposal of yard waste:
- Bag it. Mister Rubbish has a seasonal weekly curbside
pick up of yard waste from residences that currently receive
curbside refuse services. Brown bags for yard waste are
available through the Brighton Department of Public Services
(DPS). Residents should place yard waste bags curbside no
more than one day before scheduled collection for pick-up.
- Compost it. Residents can dispose of yard waste by
creating a compost pile in their own back yard. When
constructed properly, compost heaps emit no foul odors.
- Vacuum It. The
City of Brighton offers curbside leaf vacuuming as an
alternative to bagging and backyard composting.
City Personnel generally begin leaf vacuuming the
1st or 2nd week in November and continue until all of the
leaves are collected or efforts need to be changed to snow
your leaves to the curb (on the edge of the curb, not in
the street) and our personnel will come by and vacuum them
we are not able to perform vacuuming on an appointment
What happens to yard waste?
Yard waste collected by Mister Rubbish or the City’s leaf
vacuum is shipped to Tuthill Farms & Composting in South Lyon.
Materials are ground and processed into compost and used as
farm fertilizer or made available to the public.
Why compost yard waste?
Composting yard waste diverts the materials away from
landfills, which are becoming short in supply. It also
eliminates the need for yard waste burning. This promotes a
cleaner, healthier environment. Composted yard waste is an
effective fertilizer and suppresses plant disease, eliminating
the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. It also
aerates the soil, acting as an anti-erosion agent.