City of Ferndale
The Finance Department manages the City's financial affairs through accounting, budgeting and reporting, investment management, debt management, tax and revenue collections, and water bills. Want to know how the City allocates funding? Do you have questions about your property taxes or water bill? All of the City’s financial reports and information can be found below—take a look!
Current Year Budget
The City of Ferndale's budget operates on a fiscal year calendar schedule from July 1 to June 30. City Council approved the Ferndale Triennial 2024-26 Budget at their regular meeting held on April 24, 2023. Click below to learn more about the City's budgetary process.
Ferndale City Hall
300 E. Nine Mile Rd.
Ferndale, MI 48220
248-546-2525 Ext. 4
The City Fee Schedule is the official list of all fees for services collected by the City. The Fee Schedule is updated annually by the City Manager's Office with assistance from each City department. View the current FYE24 Fee Schedule via the link below.
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Pay Property Taxes
Property taxes can be paid online, by mail, by phone, or at City Hall. Find your tax info, including special assessments, assessed value, taxable value, and millage rate through our online portal.
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Learn about your water bill, resources for payment, how to read your water meter, and more.
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Summer Property Taxes
Summer property taxes are available as of July 1, 2023. Paper bills are mailed in late June and will arrive by the second week of July. If you do not have your bill by July 15, email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy. The balance due along with more tax information can be found in our BSA Portal.
Finance Department FAQs
For additional questions, contact the Finance Department at 248-546-2525 (Option #4).
Residents and businesses are billed quarterly. If the first digit of your account number is:
- One: Bills will be due on the 5th of March, June, September, and December
- Two: Bills will be due on the 5th of April, July, October, and January
- Three: Bills will be due on the 5th of February, May, August, and November
Industrial properties are billed monthly.
In previous years, charges for water and sewer consumption on your bill were allocated identically: (50% water / 50% sewer). However, the actual cost of providing water is significantly less than the cost of treating water.
As a result, the City has adjusted how water rates are allocated on a water bill to more accurately calculate the cost of providing the different services. Beginning July 1, 2022, charges for water and sewer consumption on your bill are allocated at 61% sewer, 39% water, and a flat $29 readiness-to-serve fee. The rate is currently $12.83 per unit, or 100 cubic feet.
For example, if your total water bill was $200, your water & sewer costs would be allocated as such:
Sewer Fees: $104.31 (61% of total water bill costs)
Water Fees: $66.69 (39% of total water bill costs)
RTS Fee: $29.00
Total: $200.00 (100% of total water bill costs)
For a complete breakdown of fees, view the current fee schedule.
The "Readiness to Serve" fee is the fixed-rate cost applied to cover system maintenance, supporting customers, and the portion of the Department of Public Works that is reserved for water. Every property where there is a water meter present and connected to the system is assessed a Readiness to Serve fee, whether its occupants are utilizing water or not.
Yes. The repayment plan is meant for customers who have had difficulty keeping their water accounts current, and who carry an outstanding balance.
- Customers must make monthly payments towards the outstanding prior balance on their water bills. Staff can assist you in determining an appropriate monthly amount to ensure that you will be paid in full at the end of your repayment period.
- Customers must remain current with any new or future water charges. Any new charges for water or other services must be paid by the due date as noted on the bill.
- The late payment penalty of 10% will continue to be applied to the current charges each quarter. However, if the new charges are paid by the due date, the 10% penalty will be restored as a credit to the account at the end of the repayment period when the account is otherwise paid in full.
- Customers who bring their accounts current by December 31, 2013, are eligible to have any $50 penalty fees assessed between October 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013, restored as credits to their water bill account.
- In order to receive the credits to their account for the 10% late payment fee and $50 penalty, the customer must contact the Water Department to confirm the final repayment amount. Once confirmed, the customer must request credit for the 10% and $50 be issued on their water service account.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your participation in this repayment plan, you may email the Water Department or call at 248-546-2374.