White Lake property owners are a part of a Special Assessment District to cover the cost of lake services. The district is comprised of approximately 1600 property owners located on, or having deeded access to White Lake in the Townships of White Lake and Highland in Oakland County, Michigan. The Special Assessment is added to the "Winter" tax bill.
2013-2017 assessment rates are as follows:
- Lakefront properties: $210 per year
- Lake access properties: $25 per year
- Commercial properties: $515 per year
This Special Assessment District is managed by the White Lake Improvement Board, which was formed over 25 years ago to improve the water quality of White Lake through managed weed control, dredging, testing, and safety efforts. (White Lake water level maintenance is covered under a different assessment.)
The White Lake Improvement Board membership consists of:
- Highland Township Supervisor - Rick Hamill
- White Lake Township Supervisor - Gregory Baroni
- Oakland County Commissioner - Jim Runestad
- Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner - Ricky DeVisch
- White Lake Citizens League Representative - Walt Koziol
Past Public Hearings
On September 16, 2009 the White Lake Improvement Board held a Public Hearing to present the assessment rates for the 2010-2012 period. The White Lake Citizens League recommended an overall 32% reduction in the assessment rates from the average assessment of the last 5 years. Click here to view the presentation slides from the meeting.
On July 14, 2010 the White Lake Improvement Board held a Public Hearing to discuss a proposal from the WLCL to reallocate funds from the current Special Assessment District to pay for Oakland County Sheriff Marine Patrols on White Lake this summer. The Improvement Board voted in favor of the proposal. Click here to view the WLCL presentation slides from the hearing. NO additional assessments or taxes resulted from this proposal, and NO reduction in services originally planned in the 2010-2012 SAD resulted from this proposal.
On September 24, 2012 the White Lake Improvement Board held a Public Hearing to present the assessment rates for the 2013-2017 period. The White Lake Citizens League recommended that the rates be increased to provide funding for a dredging project during the 5-year period. Click here to view the presentation slides from the meeting. The Improvement Board voted unanimously in favor of the proposal.