2013 Dump Passes
Dump passes are now good all year for Lockport Residents and are available by calling or texting: Mark Major
at 816-0904 or sending a SASE (self-
addressed stamped envelope) to Mark Major, 20593 Major Rd. Centreville, MI 49032
Please have property parcel information available if needed.
The Lockport Water Department holds monthly meetings on the FIRST Tuesday of the month, 7 pm, at the Lockport Township Hall.
LEARN NOT TO BURN
A Guide for Reducing Trash Burning in Your Community
|Learn Not to Burn HomeIntroduction||Disposal of household garbage by burning continues to be common practice in rural communities. This practice goes by many names, including backyard burning, burn barrels, and household garbage burning. But whatever name is used, the reality is that this practice is harmful to humans and our environment.Smoke from burning waste contains many pollutants that can impact the health of people exposed to it, including hydrogen cyanide, sulfur dioxide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, lead, mercury, dioxin and many others. These pollutants may damage the lungs, nervous system, kidneys and liver. Even healthy people may experience symptoms of burning eyes, headaches, nausea, fatigue or dizziness. Toxic chemicals from trash burning deposit into aquatic or terrestrial environment and contribute to pollution in the region’s rivers and lakes.
Backyard burning also triggers numerous wildfires and can be nuisance to neighbors. This prevalence of garbage burning may affect states’ and municipalities’ ability to meet air quality standards.
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If you would like more information, please contact Erin Newman of U.S. EPA Region 5 at email@example.com. Additional information about backyard burning in the Great Lakes Region is available online at http://www.openburning.org.
Evaluation form can be filled out electronically and emailed toLaura Kammin mailed to:
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
You are invited to check out the Three Rivers Public Library. Whether it be in person or by the web. There are many programs happening. So stop on in or check out the web site for up-comming programs :
All Lockport Residents are elligble for a Three Rivers Public Library card.
The State of Michigan would like your help in locating pot holes that you may encounter on your travels. The link below will allow you to report them to the proper person and get them repaired.
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Message from the Township Assessor Jaime Hutson
The Assessor’s Office is responsible for identifying and valuing all taxable property. Each year, we produce the assessment rolls and the property tax rolls in accordance with Michigan’s General Property Tax Law.
According to state law, all cities, villages, and townships must employ a state-certified assessor to discover, list and evaluate all properties within its jurisdiction. Using mathematical equations (created and regulated by the state), the assessor then determines a professional estimate of the fair market or “true cash” value for all real and personal property located within the Township boundaries. True cash value means “the usual selling price that could be obtained for the property at a private, non-forced sale.” The actual purchase price paid for a property is not its sole indicator of value, according to state law.
The assessor does not create value. Value is determined by the economic forces in the market. The assessor studies the sales transactions of the real estate market and appraises all property on the basis of: 1) market trends, 2) Tax Commission guidelines, and 3) state law.
Every year the Assessor’s office estimates the value of each parcel of property as of “Tax Day” (set by state law as December 31), and sends a “Notice of Assessment, Taxable Valuation, and Property Classification” to all property owners in early March. The notice lists three values for each property: Assessed Value, State Equalized Value and Taxable Value. Assessed and State Equalized values are usually the same and represent 50% of True Cash Value.
These values are determined by market conditions and may increase or decrease accordingly. Taxable Value may be quite different from the first two values and is affected by Proposal A. It is the Taxable Value, however, that determines the property tax when multiplied by the applicable millage rate.
In 1994, Michigan voters passed Proposal A, which places a limit or “cap” on the Taxable Value. Under Proposal A, if there is no sale or transfer of ownership, or no improvements made to the property, its Taxable Value cannot increase more than the consumer price index or 5%, whichever is less. If there is a transfer of ownership, then the cap is removed, and the Taxable Value can increase to the State Equalized Value the year following the transfer. Improvements to a property such as an addition or new garage can also be added to a parcel’s Taxable Value.
Every property owner has the right to appeal the value on the assessment notice to the Board of Review, which meets the second week of March each year. The exact times and dates are listed on the assessment notice.
Property owners can schedule an appointment to meet with the board or send a written appeal. Written requests must be received by the first day of the Board of Review. Citizens appearing before the Board of Review are advised to bring information that substantiates their claim of over-assessment, such as photographs, appraisals, and listings of comparable sold property. All persons who appeal are notified in writing of the decision of the Board of Review. Any decision of the Board of Review may be appealed to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. If you have any questions regarding your assessment, please contact me.
12472 Millers Mill Road
Constantine MI 49042
Next regular Township meeting will be held on Monday, May 13 , 2013 @ 7:00pm at the Township Hall on the corner of South River Rd and Holtom Rd at 58982 Holtom Rd.
If you need to send correspondence to Lockport Township, please see “Contact” list for the appropriate address. No one is available at the Township Hall to accept mail or overnight packages.