DDA Tax Increment Financing

The Village of Grass Lake Downtown Development Authority (DDA), established a Tax Increment Finance Plan (TIF), in 1990 to establish a plan for utilizing the funding available through property tax increases over the first 25 years of its inception and creation. Part I below lays out the direction of the plan in the initial and what it would take over that 25 years to implement many of the projects in that plan. Near the end of that 25 year plan, the DDA reviewed its progress over the years to examine the need for expanding the TIF plan for an additional 25 years and did so in a resolution of the Village Council to continue the operations of the DDA.

     Accordingly, the link below will take you to the individual plans with Part I being the initial plan, and Part II, being a review of the initial plan, the work that was completed over the first 25 years, and the projects that may have not been completed, or, needed to be expanded. Thus, Part II is the plan amended going forward for the next 25 years.

Part I - Tax Increment Finance Plan - The First 25 years

Part II - Tax Increment Finance Plan - The Next 25 years


Water/Sewer Billing Processes

Water/Sewer Billing Processes

 The following chart outlines the processes followed in billing now that water and sewer are billed on a monthly basis. Accordingly you can follow the chart for the dates that meters are read, when the bills are issued, the last day to pay without incurring additional charges and the processes that are followed for unpaid bills. Following the chart are sample copies of the bill card that is mailed each month on an actual current bill (Blue Card), and an actual past due bill that was issued a shut-off card (Red Card).

 Billing Process WebSite Page 1A

 Post Card Examples

     Note the amount on the red Shut Off Bill is represented on the blue Current Bill labled "PB" for past balance.





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Mobile Farmers Market

          The community of Grass Lake has teamed up with Chelsea Mobile Farmers Market and St. Jospeh Mercy Hospital in Chelsea, along with Manchester and Stockbridge to offer a continued Farmers Market through the winter months. Click on the Flyer below to get all the details and download the form and print a copy that you can mail it in.

FarmersMarketMobileFlyer Page 1

Non-Discrimination Plan

     Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, is the overarching civil rights law which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin, in any program, service or activity that receives federal assistance. The Village of Grass Lake recognizes its obligation to enforce federal and state civil rights legislation. Thus, the attached Title Vi Plan addresses those issues in this community and you are invited to click on the below link for the Village's Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan.

Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan

Senior Center


Now Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Seeking to better meet the needs ofGrass Lake's older adults and their families, a core group of area residents and leaders have partnered with the Chelsea Senior Center (CSC) to launch a new senior center in Grass Lake in March. The center, which will be located in the Grass Lake Charter Township Hall, will deliver quality programs and services for seniors in the Grass Lake area in conjunction with the CSC.

The Steering Committee formed to launch the new center is comprised of civic leaders in Grass Lake board members from the Copper Nail, members of the Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative (CLCWl), and representatives from the Chelsea Senior Center Board and staff. The Steering Committee has been meeting regularly to work out logistics of funding, programming, and marketing to date. The Copper Nail, a community non-profit resale shop dedicated to providing financial support to non-profit organizations in the Grass Lake area, has committed S10,000 in startup funding. Additionally, GLCWI committed $5,000 as part of its 5 HealthyTowns initiative. The Grass Lake Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has also contributed $2,500 for startup funding with an additional $2,500 for the second year of operations. Grass Lake Charter Township will provide rent-free space at the township hall to house the Grass Lake Senior Center programs.

Initially, programs at the Grass Lake Senior Center will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. w
ith offerings such as exercise, bingo. cards and games. Wii sports, computer/tech support and monthly lunch and learn speakers. Doors will open Tuesday, March 24 at 10 a.m. with a grand opening and ribbon cutting slated for Thursday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m.

Jovce Sager, a Grass Lake resident and Steering Committee member has been a leading champion of this project. "I'm very proud to bea part of the group getting the Grass Lake Senior Center started in Grass Lake," she said. “Iknow that when my mother became a widow there was not a social center for her to go to that would help fill the void of being alone.The creation of our center will allow
s and couples to reunite with friends and keep active while meeting and making new friends, Our whole goal is to keep the 50+ folks young at heart and excited to get out of the house." 

The Chelsea Senior Center Board of Directors approved this partnership at its November 2014
eeting. According to Jim Alford, current Chelsea Senior Center Board President, “Helping Grass
Lake develop a senior center is an expansion of our mission. We have a terrific senior center here in Chelsea and we want to share our expertise and talent with members of the Grass Lake community," he said.

Currently the Chelsea Senior Center supports nearly 800 active members and provides programming Monday through Friday' from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual membership rate will stay at $25 per year for both senior centers. With this partnership, seniors in both communities can enjoy dual membership and participate inprograms offered at either site. TheChelsea Senior Center staff willoversee all administrative and program management for both sites, and act as fiduciary. "The partnership between Chelsea and Grass Lake is a wonderful model of resource sharing and partnership that makes Grass Lake senior programming a reality", says Matt Pegouskie, Community Resource Manager for the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation.

The Grass Lake senior center is looking for volunteers to help make the center a success. Please
contact Annie Lavergne, Program Manager, at grasslakeseniorcenter@gmail.com if you want to share your talents and time.

For more information and/or to share your thoughts and feedback, please call 517-522-

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