Frequently asked questions from City of Westland

What is the billing cycle for water services in Westland, MI?

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The City of Westland services approximately 26,000 customers with water from the City of Detroit Water System.

Water meters are read electronically by City staff using a hand-held device and customers are billed bi-monthly.

Can I pay my water bill on the phone?

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Yes! To pay your Westland City water bill by phone, you can call 1-888-891-6064. You will need your account details to complete your payment. 

Does the City of Westland offer any assistance programs for water bill payments?

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Yes, the City of Westland has a partnership with the Great Lakes Water Authority to participate in a program to help low-income residents apply for water bill payment assistance.

You can find more information about the program benefits, contact and enrollment information by visiting: www.waynemetro.org/wrap

Who qualifies for the Principal Residence/Homestead exemption?

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If you own and occupy your principal residence, it may be exempt from a portion of your local school operating taxes. To claim an exemption, you must complete the Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit and file it with the City of Westland Assessor’s office by June 1st and November 1st of the year of the claim. The Assessor’s Office will adjust your taxes on your next property tax bill. Note that this is an exemption from part of the property taxes and does not affect your assessment. You must own and occupy your principal residence to receive this exemption.

Owning means you hold the legal title to the principal residence or that you are currently buying it on a notarized or recorded land contract. If the property is a rental, there should not be a homestead being claimed by the owner. Landlords should NOT file this form.

Occupying means this is your principal residence, the place you intend to return to whenever you go away. It is the address that appears on your driver’s license and voter registration card. It is where you file your income tax from.

You may have only one principal residence at a time. Vacation Homes and Income property which you do not occupy as your principal residence may not be claimed. If you are living only in a part of the home you may file a partial homestead exemption. Please call the Assessor’s Office at (734) 467-3160. We will help you calculate the proper percentage. You may also file an exemption(s) if you own vacant and contiguous land next to your homestead property.

If the State of Michigan conducts an investigation, or if it is determined that you claimed property that is NOT your principal residence, you will be subject to the additional tax plus penalties and interest as determined by law.

How is my Assessed Value calculated?

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All Assessed Values are calculated according to State Tax Commission standards. This value is shown as the State Equalized Value or SEV on your tax statement. It is a mass appraisal technique that takes into account the current cost to replicate your house and then depreciates that cost based on the age of the structure. It is then adjusted to market value by comparing the depreciated cost of homes that have sold in your area to their sales price.

Each year, the Westland City Assessor is required by law to analyze sales within economic neighborhoods using a two-year sales study to adjust that neighborhood so that assessed values are at 50% of market value.

When are tax bills due in the City of Westland, MI?

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The City of Westland Finance Department collects all real and personal property taxes and disburses the funds to all taxing jurisdictions. Tax bills are sent out twice a year: July 1st and December 1st.

Taxes are due by August 15th or February 14th. 

If those dates fall on the weekend then the due date will be the following business day. unless the time is extended by City Council. 

What is the difference between the Assessed Value & Taxable Value of my home?

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Assessed Value is defined by state law as 50% of the market value of the property as of December 31st of the preceding year. Taxable Value is derived from a formula created by Proposal A in 1994, designed to limit Taxable Value increases at the rate of inflation.

Who qualifies for the Principal Residence/Homestead exemption in Westland City, MI?

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If you own and occupy your principal residence, it may be exempt from a portion of your local school operating taxes. To claim an exemption, you must complete the Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit and file it with the Westland City Assessor’s office by June 1st and November 1st of the year of the claim. The Assessor’s Office will adjust your taxes on your next property tax bill. Note that this is an exemption from part of the property taxes and does not affect your assessment. You must own and occupy your principal residence to receive this exemption. 

Owning means you hold the legal title to the principal residence or that you are currently buying it on a notarized or recorded land contract. If the property is a rental, there should not be a homestead being claimed by the owner. Landlords should NOT file this form. 

Occupying means this is your principal residence, the place you intend to return to whenever you go away. It is the address that appears on your driver’s license and voter registration card. It is where you file your income tax from.

You may have only one principal residence at a time. Vacation Homes and Income property which you do not occupy as your principal residence may not be claimed. If you are living only in a part of the home you may file a partial homestead exemption. You can reach out to the Assessor’s Office at (734) 467-3160 to get help calculating the proper percentage. You may also file an exemption(s) if you own vacant and contiguous land next to your homestead property.

What information is required to apply for unemployment insurance claims in Michigan?

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You will need the following information to file a claim for unemployment insurance in Michigan: 

  • Your social security card,
  • Your state issued driver’s license or ID card number or your MARVIN PIN (if you have one),
  • The names and addresses of employers you worked for during the past 18 months along with your quarterly gross
    earnings,
  • The last date of employment with each employer,
  • Your most recent employer’s Federal Employer ID number (FEIN) (especially if you have not filed a claim within the
    last three years or have been employed for less than six months) and Employer Account Number (EAN). Depending
    on your situation, knowing the account number may speed up the processing of your claim.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or national, you will need your Alien Registration card and the expiration date of your
    work authorization.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html