Notice of Public Hearing

City of Portland Planning Commission

The City of Portland Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 259 Kent Street, Portland, Michigan to consider a request for a Special Land Use Permit for the property at 110 Church St., Portland, Michigan to permit a place of religious worship accessory use.

Interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. The City Clerk will receive written comments at City Hall until 5:00 P.M. on March 11, 2015.  Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services for the Public Hearing may obtain a request for accommodations form at City Hall or call the ADA Coordinator at 517-647-3211.  A request for accommodations form must be received five days prior to the Public Hearing.

Monique I. Miller

City Clerk


The City of Portland is seeking a Finance Officer/Treasurer to oversee the collection and management of all monies owed to and held by the City. The Finance Officer oversees and directs all aspects of the city's finances, including preparation and administration of the city strategic plan, budget, preparation of financial reports, and oversight of accounting, payroll, cashiering, utility and tax billing. Click here for more information, a complete job description, and an application.

2015 Person Property Exemption Affidavit

The annual “Small Taxpayer” Personal Property Exemption Affidavit for 2015 has been mailed out.  The form must be filed by February 10th, 2015 in order to claim the exemption.  Taxpayers filing this affidavit are NOT required to file a Personal Property Statement for 2015 unless there is some question as to eligibility.  If anyone has questions regarding the exemption or does not receive the form, please contact the Assessor.


     The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently completed a re-evaluation of the flood hazards in the City of Portland and has issued revised Flood Rate Insurance Maps (FIRM) and a Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report that will become effective January 16, 2015.

     The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) as the official map of a community on which FEMA has delineated both the special hazard areas and the risk premium zones applicable to the community. These maps help protect citizens' lives and reduce property damage from flood dangers through analyzing the landscape to identify flood prone areas, so that citizens can make safe and informed decisions about their communities.


     A Flood Insurance Survey (FIS) is a compilation and presentation of flood risk data for specific watercourses, lakes, and coastal flood hazard areas within a community. When a flood study is completed for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the information and maps are assembled into an FIS. The FIS report contains detailed flood elevation data in flood profiles and data tables. Please click the links below to view the FIS, FIRM panels and a comparison map created by the City engineers. 


Flood Inusrance Study (FIS)

FIRM Panel No. 1

FIRM Panel No. 2

FIRM Panel No. 3

FIRM Panel No. 4

Portland Comparison Map


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Pursuant to and in compliance with Public Act 63 of 2011 Category 2 of the State of Michigan Economic Vitality Incentive Program the Cooperation, Collaboration and Consolidation of Services Plan is available here.


The City of Portland is committed to ensuring that the fundamental principles of equal opportunity are upheld in all decisions involving our employees and contractors/consultants, and to ensuring that our residents are afforded access to all programs and services. The City serves all of its residents, including minority populations, low-income populations, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and those who traverse the state of Michigan.  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.  Specifically, Title VI assures that, “No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance.”   The City of Portland recognizes its responsibility to provide fairness and equity in all of its programs, services, and activities, and that it must abide by and enforce federal and state civil rights legislation and  has developed a Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan to assure that services, programs, and activities of the City are offered, conducted, and administered fairly, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability of the participants or beneficiaries of federally funded programs, services, or activities.   Click here for a copy of that Plan and the City’s complaint form.


City Income Tax and Streets


The City of Portland is one of 22 Michigan Cities that has an Income Tax. In Portland these funds are used for paving, curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lights, and related water and sewer infrastructure improvements.

  • For more information on the City Income Tax click here.

  • For more information on street improvements funded with income tax money in the City of Portland and results from the PASER study done on City street conditions please click here.

  • For answers to frequently asked questions such as how income tax funds are used and other miscellaneous income tax facts click here.

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