The Howell City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed public safety special assessment district on April 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Howell City Hall, 611 E. Grand River, Lower Level Council Chambers.  The notice was mailed to all property owners in the City April 11th. 

Complete details on the proposed citywide special assessment district can be found at

City of Howell Proposed 2018-19 Budget

The proposed line item and descriptive budget reports for 2018-2019 are now available. 

City of Howell 2018-2019 Proposed Descriptive Budget
City of Howell 2018-2019 Proposed Line Item Budget

For more information, please go to cityofhowell/finance

Official GAMSA Logo

Congratulations to Downtown Howell!
Winning the Great American Main Street Award!

Downtown Howell has been named the winner of one of the most prestigious national awards that a downtown can receive in a lifetime.  On Monday, March 26, in Kansas City, MO, the National Main Street Center Inc. (NMSC), presented downtown Howell with the Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA).  Selected by a national jury of community development professionals and leaders in the fields of economic development and historic preservation, award winners serve as exceptional models for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. 

Howell Main Street Press Release

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The Howell City Council will hold a special meeting and budget work session on Monday April 16, 2018 starting at 6:00 pm.  The special meeting has been scheduled to consider holding an executive session to discuss an attorney/client communication.  Immediately following the conclusion of the special meeting, a work session will be held to review and discuss the proposed 2018/2019 City Budget.

Both the special meeting and budget work session will be held at Howell City Hall, Lower Level Council Chambers. 

2017 Water Quality Report

The 2017 annual water quality report for the City of Howell is now available. Individual copies will not be mailed.

You can get it at the city website, or get copies at Howell City Hall (2nd floor) & Department of Public Works office, or by calling the Water Plant at 517-546-5309.

Note: If printing the report, works best with legal size paper.

City of Howell Public Safety Assessment

Public Safety is a key aspect of the quality of life for a vibrant community.  The City of Howell is considering implementing an annual public safety special assessment.

Over the next few weeks the City will be holding public hearings to consider the adoption of the Public Safety Special Assessment. The following is information on why the City needs to move forward with this new revenue.  

For more info, please visit 

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Friday April 27, 2018 will be this year's Arbor Day celebration at the West Street Park located on the corner of West and Factory Streets, and has been sponsored by Chem-Trend Company of Howell.

The celebration will be held from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and include the planting of trees, educational speakers, and a hot dog lunch.  The 3rd grade classes from Voyager Elementary and Challenger Elementary will be joining us.  The public is welcome.


The Howell City Council, Downtown Development Authority Board & Main Street Board will hold a joint work session to discuss current issues and developments in the City.  The joint work session will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at First National Bank, 101
E. Grand River, 3nd Floor Conference Room, Howell, MI 48843, (517) 546-3502.  A quorum of the City Council, DDA Board & Main Street Board will be present.

 All persons interested are welcome to attend. 

Lakeview and Memorial Cemeteries


All families wishing to keep memorial flowers, wreaths, artificial flowers or grave blankets must remove them by April 1st, 2018 for the City's annual Spring Cleaning. 

Anything left will be discarded by the Cemetery Department.

The service of cleaning grave sites is provided twice annually, once in the spring and again in the fall . Many items are left over the winter from Holidays and other occasions for their loved ones and we provide the removal and disposal as a service. 
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New Color for City of Howell Utility Billing -

Starting in March, Utility Bills will now be green instead of red.  All information and format is the same. We hope the new color will be more noticeable when mixed with your regular mail. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 517-546-3500.

Public Act 202 of 2017, the Protecting Local Government Retirement and Benefits Act went into effect on December 20, 2017. 

A primary component of the Act was the requirement that all local units of government providing retirement pension and/or retirement health care, file with Treasury information about their plans.

City of Howell - Public Act 202 of 2017 Health Care (OPEB) Report

City of Howell - Public Act 202 of 2017 Pension Report

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“Howell Community strongly condemns recently distributed hate flyers. Hate has no home here!”

Howell, MI – A nationally recognized white supremacy  organization, the Patriot Front, is responsible for racist flyers found on vehicles outside the Historic Howell Theater this past Saturday evening.

The handouts were placed on vehicles during a fundraising event for the Sikyha Foundation, whose mission is to help girls in Northwest India.

The national group, which is based in Texas, is responsible for similar activities in Flint and Ann Arbor, as well as across the country over the last several months.

Official Joint Statement

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City of Howell Summary Annual Reports of our Pension and Public Employee Health Care Fund are now available on the Finance Dept webpage.

The reports detail the assets, employer contributions, participant summaries and assumptions/ performance of the plans.

The reports also list the steps the City is taking to decrease its unfunded actuarial accrued liability.

Utility Rate Change

Effective July 1, 2017, based on a study by our utility rate consultant, the City of Howell will be increasing water and sewer rates on average 4.9%.   The majority of our customers using a  a 5/8"meter will experience an annual increase of $37.80 or $3.15 per month.  

If you would like a copy of the study or have any questions, pleas contact the Finance Dept at (517) 546-3500.

2017 Utility Rates

The City of Howell 2017-18 Adopted Budget is now availabe for review.

City of Howell 2017-2018 Adopted Budget

City of Howell 2017-2018 Adopted Line Item Budget
The 2016 annual water quality report for the City of Howell is now available.

Individual copies will not be mailed. You can get it at the city website, or get copies at Howell City Hall (2nd floor) & Department of Public Works office, or by calling the Water Plant at

Sign up for City of Howell Alerts to Text and Email Using Nixle

nixleNixle Alert System - Alert system which allows the Howell Police Department to create and publish messages and alerts to be delivered to subscribed members instantly, via cell phone text message and/or email.

Notifications can also be accessed online at This is a free service to all community members. Register at or by simply sending a text message with the zip code of "48843" to "888-777".