Explanation of Summer Millage

The following is an explanation of each millage that comprises your summer tax statement.

CITY: (City Operating) – This millage is comprised of the City of Trenton’s Municipal Operations, Refuse Collection & Disposal, and the ACT 345 Pension System. This millage is set during the budget process each year.

LIB OP:(Library Operating) – Operations of the Trenton Veteran’s Memorial Library. This millage represents the City’s portion of operations only. Three other communities (Grosse Ile, Woodhaven, and Brownstown) each have their own millage for operation of the library.

SEWER DEBT:(Sewer Debt)
– ACO Sewer debt

ST SCH:(State Education Tax) – The SET was one of several components of Proposal A of 1994 that changed the way in which elementary-secondary education is funded in Michigan. The state levies the SET statewide at a six-mill rate on all real and tangible personal property not otherwise exempt from the property tax. This millage is distributed to the county treasurer who then forwards it to the State of Michigan.

SCH OPER: (School Operating) – This millage is another component of Proposal A of 1994. Under the proposal, a school district can levy 18 mills for school operating purposes. An exempt PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE (aka Homesteaded) property is not subject to the levy of school operating millage. For the majority of Trenton taxpayers, this line item will show “EXEMPT”instead of an amount as your property is your Principal Residence and it is exempt from this tax. Businesses, rental properties and people owning multiple properties will pay the school operating millage. This millage is distributed directly to the school district.

SCH HH: (School Hold Harmless) – This millage is a voter approved additional school millage levied on all taxable value property, excluding Renaissance Zone property. It allows the Trenton Public School District to receive its prescribed foundation allowance. This millage is distributed directly to the school district.

SCH DEBT & SCHOOL DEBT: (School Debt) – Special elections are held to enable schools to levy millage for such things as school construction or renovation. Please contact your school district for more detailed information on their debt millage. This millage is distributed directly to the school district. **The new line item for 2 mills just passed during the May 2018 election**

COUNTY OPER: (County Operating) 
– This millage represents all the operating millage established through Wayne County’s charter which took effect in 1981. This millage is distributed directly to Wayne County.

ADMIN FEE: (Administration Fee) – This 1% administration fee is used to defray the costs of property assessments, defending the roll, levying, collecting and distributing property taxes for other taxing entities. This is allowed by section 211.44 of the General Property Tax Act. The 1% fee is charged against all millages.


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  1. Physical Address
    2800 Third St.
    Trenton, MI 48183

    Mailing Address
    2800 Third St.
    Attn: Treasurer's Office
    Trenton, MI 48183

    Phone: 734-675-6510
    Fax: 734-675-5262

  2. Michael McCullough

    City Treasurer

  3. Jill Cooper

    Deputy Treasurer

  4. Karen Sall

    Controller

  5. Lauren Featherston

    Utility Billing/MR Coordinator

  6. Joy Pasquini

    Accounts Payable