Since Four Lakes Task Force shared its draft assessment rolls in December 2023 for the restoration project costs and 2025-2029 Operations & Maintenance costs, we have made over 1,400 updates to the assessment roll including parcel combinations and splits and benefit factor updates. A summary of the changes will be presented to the Gladwin and Midland county commissioners and can be found here.
Information about the computation of costs and assessment rolls can be found on the FLTF Special Assessment District page. Tomorrow, February 6th, FLTF will present the final assessment rolls to the commissioners for their review and vote. See the FAQs below for more information about the meeting.
Dave Kepler, President
Four Lakes Task Force
Why were the number of property changes (1,400+) greater than the number of objections (707)?
Approximately half of the 707 objections were related to specific costs, benefit factors, and property issues that FLTF took into consideration for change, however we ultimately changed the apportionment on over 1,400 properties. The link above shows the changes. For example, 40% were lowered to the 0.25 floor on backlots to recognize lower benefit calculations, and 17% were lowered because of limited ability to develop. These types of changes that adjusted the benefit factors were then spread to all applicable properties.
What is the difference between the public hearing that took place on January 15th and the joint county board meeting on February 6th?
The hearing was noticed and held on January 15, 2024, in accordance with Part 307 to permit property owners to formally object to the assessment rolls and project costs. The computation of costs and the special assessment rolls for the Operations & Maintenance and the Capital Improvement assessments were approved by the FLTF Board of Directors. The next step is for Midland and Gladwin County Boards of Commissioners to approve the assessment rolls and project costs.
The counties’ approval is required to finance and complete the lake level projects and restoration of the lakes.
The following matters are NOT on the agenda for the meeting because they are already in place:
The restoration of the Four Lakes to normal (legal) lake levels
The public is welcome to attend a joint board of commissioners meeting with Gladwin and Midland counties. The commissioners will review and vote on the computation of costs and special assessment rolls for the Four Lakes Special Assessment District.
Please note this meeting was originally planned to take place at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, but will now take place at Dow Diamond in downtown Midland.