Special Assessment Information
County drainage districts are public corporations (similar to a city, village, or township). Each drainage district is supported by a drain special assessment that covers the cost of maintaining the county-owned portion of the drainage system. Livingston County’s operating millage is for a number of county operations; it does not fund drain maintenance.
A drainage district is a legally established area of land that benefits from a common outlet. Drainage district boundaries are determined by historical records and the natural topography of the land. Drainage districts rarely correspond to political boundaries, such as townships. Common words for drainage district include watershed and drainage basin.
Where is the storm drain for which I am being assessed?
Why did I receive more than one Special Assessment Notice?
Is this the only way I would receive multiple drain assessments in one year?
How are assessments determined?
What is the difference between an apportionment and an assessment?
Do all property owners pay drain assessments?
All property owners within a drainage district receive an assessment unless specifically exempted by law. In addition, the municipality (i.e., township, city, or village), Livingston County (for the Livingston County Road Commission), the Michigan Department of Transportation (as appropriate) and railroads (as appropriate) also receive an assessment for a portion of the maintenance costs. The Michigan Drain Code does not exempt most non-profit or religious properties from assessments.