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By having our own electric utility, underground infrastructure and available conduit though the Board of Light and Power, the City of Portland is uniquely positioned to potentially provide superior broadband services with the same reliability that our electric customers have come to expect. Further, the City of Portland believes strongly in the free market, private enterprise and the benefit of competition to the consumer. Therefore, the City does not limit the number of service providers to our residents and should the City ultimately provide broadband services, it will be nonexclusive. While offering broadband internet service is desired among our residents, this prospect primarily lays the foundation for “smart city” concepts and infrastructure improvements related to our existing utility services for the future. The benefits go well beyond residential and commercial internet service.
Currently, there is no firm date or timeline, but the City will be diligent as we move forward. As stated above, the EPP was just completed which established a conservative estimate of approximately $4 million required for total project capital costs. While the City recognizes the demand, we must be steady and surefooted as stewards of taxpayer dollars and in no way comprise the critical essential services that we currently provide. It is further important to understand the anomaly of a municipality exploring this potential new service, the complexities and related challenges. The City will continue to work through the process and provide additional information as we move forward.
An inoperative vehicle, may, however be stored in a completely enclosed building, such as the owner's garage. Covering the vehicle with a tarp or other cover is not an acceptable means of storage.
The City is divided into 2 areas for brush pickup. Area #1 will be east of the Grand River and south of Grand River Ave (the east side), area #2 will be the rest of the city. Brush will be picked up curb side on the first and third Monday of the month for area #1, and area #2 will be picked up on the second and fourth Monday of each month.
Brush needs to be neatly stacked with ends facing the same direction that are no longer than 8’ in length (brush piles) and no branches should be larger than 6’’ in diameter. Small branches and twigs shorter than 2’ should be bound together, placed in paper biodegradable bags, or containers that will be returned to your yard. Stumps and root balls will not be picked up. Please do not place brush behind or close to signs, fire hydrants, trees, etc. This service is for maintenance not lot clearing and is available for residents. It is not for contractor use.
Brush may be placed curbside between the Friday before pick up and 7:00 A.M. on pick up day. Brush should be placed in your curb lawn and not placed in the roadway pursuant to City Ordinance. The D.P.W. will accept self-haul brush Monday through Friday 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. These services are for residents of The City of Portland only.
Rusty or discolored water can occur after the flushing of hydrants.
If your water is discolored make sure to run your cold water until it clears. Make sure to check your tap water before washing clothes and to let the water run clear before using.
This allows City crews to safely clear the streets during the winter months and allows for the easy passage of emergency vehicles.
Violators will be ticketed. If you have any questions, please call the Police Department at 517-647-2947.
The DPW crews will be out daily during the Fall for leaf removal; but due to weather, emergencies and breakdowns it is sometimes impossible to meet that goal.
DPW crews can serve you better if leaves are placed in long narrow rows at the curb. Please keep limbs, branches and rocks out of leaf piles as these items can damage the leaf machine. Leaves can also be placed in paper yard waste bags for pickup. Leaves can also be self-hauled to the compost pile located behind the horse arena at Bogue Flats. We also ask that you DO NOT place any animal waste in leaf piles; these piles will not be picked up. Under the Refuse Ordinance the burning of brush and leaves is prohibited.
Loose leaf pickup ends the first Monday in December each year.
At any other time you hear the tornado siren, it means that a tornado warning has been issued for your area and you should seek shelter immediately.
For more information on obtaining an annual permit or for information about the Portland Area Fire Authority please visit their website. Portland Area Fire Authority Website
For fiscal year taxpayers, payments are due the last day of the fourth, sixth, and ninth month during the year for which the payments are made and the end of the thirteenth month following the beginning of the fiscal year.
The Administrator may extend the filing date of the return for up to six months or for the same period granted by a federal extension. Submit a copy of the Federal extension form with payment adequate to cover the unpaid portion of your annual liability to the Portland City Income Tax Office on or before the due date of the return. If no tax is owed or you will be claiming a refund, do not file an extension. Extensions filed without a tentative tax payment will not be accepted or processed by the Income Tax Office.
Every nonresident who has taxable income derived from working or from sources inside the city limits must file a return.
Married persons may file either a joint return or separate returns. The following examples may be used to assist you in determining if a return is required:
For all tax years:
If you are a single person or married filing separately and your income is greater than $1,000, you must file a return.If you are married, filing jointly with your spouse and your income is greater than $2,000, you must file a return.If you are a single person and are age 65 or older and your income is greater than $2,000, you must file a return.If you are married filing jointly with your spouse and both you and your spouse are age 65 or older and your income is greater than $4,000, you must file a return.
If you do not meet the requirements for filing a return, but Portland tax was withheld or estimated tax payments were made, you must file a return to receive a refund.
Taxable income includes:Salaries, bonuses, wages, commissions, fees, vacation pay, profit sharing plan income and other compensation regardless of where earned.
Deferred compensation distributions.
Fair market value of merchandise or services received as compensation.
Net profit from operation of a business or profession or other activity regardless of where earned.
Income from a partnership, estate or trust, interest from bank accounts, credit unions, savings and loan associations and other income regardless of where earned.
Rental income, capital gains and dividends.
A nonresident is subject to tax on all items included in total federal income, which are derived from or connected with Portland sources.
Taxable income includes:
Salaries, bonuses, wages, commissions, fees, vacation pay, profit sharing plans and other compensation for services rendered as an employee in Portland.
Net profits from the operation of a business or profession or other activity conducted in Portland.
Net profits from rental of real and tangible property located in Portland.
Net profits from sale or exchange of personal property located in Portland.
Nontaxable income includes:
Gifts, inheritances, bequests and distributions of principal from estates and trusts.
Proceeds from insurance, pensions, annuities and retirement benefits (including Social Security) even if taxable under the Internal Revenue Code.
Unemployment compensation, supplemental unemployment benefits, welfare relief payments and workers compensation.
Interest from U. S. obligations such as Savings Bonds and Treasury Notes, obligations of the states, or subordinate units of government of the states.
Compensation for service in the U. S. armed forces, including reserve components.
The following items are nontaxable to nonresidents:
Interest, dividends and royalty income.
Income from trusts and estates.
Qualified deferred compensation properly reported on a Form 1099-R.
Travel, Meals and lodging while away from home.
Expenses as an outside salesperson that works away from his/her employer's place of business (does not include driver/salesperson whose primary duty is service and delivery).
Transportation (but not transportation to and from work).
Expenses reimbursed under an expense account or other arrangement with your employer, if the reimbursement was included in gross income.?
Other allowable deductions include:
Alimony paid, to the extent deductible under the Internal Revenue Code. Nonresidents must prorate the deduction based upon the ratio of Portland income to total income. Child support is not deductible.
Individual Retirement Account deduction to the extent allowed under the Internal Revenue Code. Nonresidents must prorate the deduction based upon the ratio of each taxpayer's earned income in Grand Rapid to each taxpayer's earned income everywhere.
Moving expenses into the area only.
Subchapter "S" corporations doing business in the City of Portland must file as a "C" corporation for city income tax purposes.
Non-profit organizations that are exempt from income tax, such as charitable, religious and governmental organizations, mush withhold tax from compensation paid to their employees.
If you are located outside Portland and have employees who work in Portland, you must withhold Portland income tax for all employees working in Portland.
Payment must be mailed with proper identification to?
Portland City Income Tax 259 Kent Street Portland, MI 48875
Always include your social security and telephone number on any correspondence, so we may research your issue properly and contact you if we have questions.
When mailing returns, always keep a copy for your records.
Please notify us in writing when you or your business has a change (i.e. address, your business incorporates, you sold your business, you discontinued your business, etc.).
The Mayor and City Council may be contacted via the information provided on this website or through City Hall at 517-647-3211.
Mayor Barnes is available to meet with citizens at City Hall on the Saturday following Council meetings from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Mayor & Council Information
Full Day Fee-Resident is $50.00-Nonresident is $75.00
Half Day Fee (9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. or 2:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.)-Resident is $35.00-Nonresident is $50.00
Prohibited species means and includes any tree of popular (populus sp.), willow (salix sp.), box elder (acer negundo), silver maple (acer sac-charinum), thorny locust (robina sp.), tree of heaven (ailanthus altissima), catalpa (catalpa ap.), mulberry (morus sp.), Siberian elm(ulmus pumila),birch (betula sp.), and any other species so determined by the Tree Commission. No ornamental trees or conifers, nor any trees with fruit or nuts.
Trees planted in the curb lawn should be at least 2" caliper trees. Prior to purchasing/planting a tree in the curb lawn, please contact the Parks Director, Neil Brown at 517-647-7985. **Always contact Miss Dig prior to digging or excavating.**
For example, if you used 6,000 gallons of water in a month (the average amount of water used by a family of 4) the actual usage charge would be $20.34 [6,000 gal / 10000 gal x $3.39]. Next, add in the monthly sewer service demand charge of $6.67 for a 5/8-inch water meter. Your total sewer bill would then be $27.01 [$6.67 + $20.34 = $27.01].
If you have a different size water meter or if you have any questions regarding your sewer charge please contact the Utility Billing Department at 517-647-3205.
There are many factors considered during the design of a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). Design is primarily based on what capacity the wastewater system should be designed to treat. Capacity can be broken down into two categories – hydraulic capacity and biological capacity.
Hydraulic capacity is the ability of the treatment systems to maintain or pass a given liquid flow rate through each of the treatment processes. Biological capacity is the ability of the treatment systems to handle and treat the organic loads delivered from the collection system. Most of the organic load comes from domestic wastewater which primarily comes from homes. Biological treatment relies on bacteria and other microorganisms to break down organic wastes.
Throughout the design process, population trends are reviewed along with projected areas of development to establish a baseline hydraulic flow and projected biological and nutrient loadings to the WWTP. This projection typically covers a 20-year planning cycle to coincide with the useful life of many pieces of equipment and infrastructure.
Capacity, both in the form of hydraulic and biological, greatly impacts the capital costs to expand the plant’s treatment capabilities and impacts the long-term operating costs of the facility. For this reason, it is important to right-size the improvements to offer a cost-effective solution. Providing excessive capacity that may never be utilized is cost prohibitive to the community and increases operating costs over the useful life of the project. For this reason, it is important to select design capacities based on reasonable growth projections for the selected planning period.
During planning stages, the City and its engineering consultant reviewed historical flow and loading data to develop the project scope for the current project. During that review, it was determined that the City’s WWTP was operating at its design biological capacity and improvements were needed to expand the facility’s ability to treat incoming wastewater. The proposed project aims to address the City’s projected capacity requirements for the next 20 years.
Collection and treatment systems are typically designed to reduce the need for pumping wastewater and utilize gravity flow to the extent possible. Treatment facilities are normally located near rivers or streams for two reasons: low-lying areas allow the collection system to utilize gravity to deliver wastewater to the treatment facility, and it locates the facility to discharge the treated effluent to the receiving body of water.
The City’s WWTP was originally located and built in the 1950’s in its current location on the Grand River. The facility has undergone subsequent improvements projects in 1971 and 2012 to expand the facility and its treatment capabilities. Building a new WWTP in a different location would be prohibitively expensive for the City and would increase long-term operating costs of the system as wastewater would have to be pumped continuously versus using gravity flow. The more cost-effective solution is to upgrade the existing facility while implementing measures to address discharge during high river stages.
As part of the planning process for the current project, the City and its engineering team reviewed the impacts of sustained high river levels (such as during the 2019 ice jam) on the WWTP’s ability to continuously treat the wastewater and process the influent flows received throughout the collection system.
The proposed improvements include repairs in the collection system to reduce inflow and infiltration (I/I) that must ultimately be treated at the City’s WWTP. I/I can be defined as clean water that enters the collection system through cracks or seepage in the pipes from storm runoff, groundwater infiltration, or inflow from high water events. Decreasing the amount of I/I from the collection system to the WWTP frees up available hydraulic capacity for wastewater that needs to be treated. In addition, the proposed project includes hydraulic improvements and implementing provisions to enable the City’s operations staff to pump treated effluent to the river during high river stages.
In order to perform the necessary improvements to the WWTP, the City will be required to bond out for this Project. The anticipated cost is approximately $10 million with the City qualifying for 1.5 million in principal forgiveness though EGLE’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). In order to support the bond and pay for the Project, rates will increase 29% beginning July 1, 2022 and are anticipated to increase another 25% for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2023.