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Volunteers Needed - come serve on a City Board!

by Katelyn Zeits
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Subject:           Available Positions on Various City Boards!  

Contact:          Katelyn Zeits, Deputy City Clerk,

Are you passionate about your City and have a desire to give back?

The City welcomes your active participation on a volunteer City board. Join other volunteers in shaping policy initiatives and services affecting your community. The City looks forward to hearing from you!  

The following Boards have positions with expiring terms or current vacancies:

  • Board of Zoning Appeals – Alternate Member
  • Board of Tax Review
  • Election Commission 
  • Development Area Citizens Council (Residents of the TIF 97 District)
  • Traverse City Light and Power Board 
  • City of Traverse City and Charter Township of Garfield Recreational Authority Board 
  • Housing Commission 
  • Farmers Market Advisory Board

Thank you for your interest in serving on one of Traverse City’s Boards! As a potential Board member, you will serve as an ambassador to the community, helping our City Commission move forward with services affecting the community. No matter your interests, we have a Board to fit your passion. All Boards help us build a great community together.

For more information on these boards and other City boards, or to find our “Application to Become Involved, please visit

If you are interested in serving, please submit your application to the City Clerk’s Office by Friday, March 6, 2020 in person at 400 Boardman Ave., or by email:

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for all boards and commissions.

2020 Census - BE COUNTED!

by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

In preparation for the 2020 Census, the state of Michigan has launched a new website to provide information and resources to Michiganders.

Live as of Tuesday, Jan. 14, the website will be available throughout the census-taking season so residents can have their questions answered, keep up to date on the latest census news and obtain a better understanding about the importance of the census. The website includes a list of frequently asked questions and an interactive map of hard to reach areas, among other things.

To find more resources about the census or to get involved, go to

The website is one piece of a larger effort to ensure that every Michigander is counted. In particular, the "Count Me In" campaign seeks to let Michigan residents know that responding to the census this year is convenient, confidential and critical to the future of our state.

Residents can fill out the census in multiple languages online, by phone or on a paper form. All answers are completely confidential.

By law, the data can be collected for statistical purposes only and cannot be used against a person. The Census Bureau cannot share or publish any household-specific census data, even to other government agencies.

Ensuring an accurate count of Michiganders is important because roughly $30 billion in federal funding for public safety, schools, housing, health care, and more, as w​ell as one congressional seat, are at stake for Michigan.

The census count will shape Michigan's social infrastructure for the next decade.

Winter Taxes are Due!

by Katelyn Zeits
Monday, February 3, 2020

City of Traverse City 2019 winter property taxes are due by Friday, February 14, 2020.

Taxes not paid by February 14, 2020 will be charged a 3% penalty. Beginning March 1, 2020, taxes will be payable to the Grand Traverse County Treasurer with a 5% penalty due. 1% penalty per month will be added until forfeited. 

As a reminder, the Governmental Center is open for business Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, but please feel free to utilize the red drop box by the mailboxes in the Governmental Center's Parking lot to drop off your tax payment after hours. 

If you have any questions concerning your winter taxes, please contact the City Treasurers Office at 231-922-4431.