Frankenmuth City Government


The City of Frankenmuth is proud of its position as economic center, community center and hometown.  With an effective and stable city government, a strong relationship with neighboring Frankenmuth Township and good communications between elected leaders, business leaders and residents, Frankenmuth maximizes all of its resources offering many opportunities to its residents not usually found found in cities with a population slightly less than 5000.

Local government priorities focus on well-maintained public infrastructure and services, a healthy and safe environment for residents and guests, clean and welcoming parks and managed growth through good planning and economic development.  Civic activities support stable residential and commercial markets, recreational and cultural activities and a well-defined sense of place. 

Frankenmuth is a home-rule Charter City located in Saginaw County in the State of Michigan.  An appointed City Manager executes day-to-day operations of the City. The City Council includes a Mayor and six at-large City Council members.  The Manager is assisted by professional staff overseeing public safety, general operations and special services.  Regular meetings of the City Council are scheduled on the first Tuesday of each month.

As the City is wholly surrounded by Frankenmuth Township, the City maintains a close working relationship with the Township.  Jointly, the two governments collaborate and fund public safety including the Frankenmuth Police Department (FPD) and Frankenmuth Fire Department (FFD.)   Well-respected by residents of both the City and Township, the role of the FPD and FFD is considered a high priority for municipal funding. 

The Frankenmuth Police Department (FPD) includes 24/7 coverage of both City and township properties.  The City maintains a DARE officer, who works in both Frankenmuth Public and Parochial Schools.  The Frankenmuth Fire Department (FFD) also provides 24/7 coverage as a fully volunteer department.  With thirty (30)  volunteer firefighters on staff, the FFD provides up-to-date training as well as state of the art equipment to service fire and other emergencies in both the City and township. 

Standing committees of the City include the Planning Committee, the Zoning Board of Appeals, Parks & Recreation, Traffic Advisory Committee, Economic Development Corporation and Downtown Development Authority.  Meetings of these committees are also open to the public.  Meeting dates and times vary with each group.

A Focus on Economic Development.  Furthering economic development in the City is a key goal of the electorate.  While recognizing the need to support its base industry, tourism, the City seeks to diversify its economic base through technology-based businesses such as finance, light industry and agri-business.  The City's Strategic Plan , renewed in March 2010, outlines its goals and objectives.  

City Budget.  The City’s fiscal year is July 1 to June 30.  Currently, the City levies 8.75 mills on all properties within the City limits to finance municipal operations.  Currently the City has 29 full-time employees in addition to part time and seasonal employees.  Employees work in general administration, for Public Works and Water Departments, Police Department, Recreation Department , Waste Water Treatment plant, and Downtown Development Authority. 

In addition to these traditional services, the City collaborates  on a variety of special initiatives with Frankenmuth for the City Township Commission (overseeing the public safety departments and cemeteries) and the Frankenmuth School District on behalf of the Frankenmuth District Library.

Taxation. Under state law, properties are considered “homestead” or “non-homestead.”  Homestead properties are considered the primary residences of property owners. 

Non-homestead properties include commercial parcels of all types and second homes. All properties located within the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) district will pay an additional one mill to support operation of the DDA.  A property with a taxable value of $100,000 within the DDA district will pay an additional one mill or $100 in tax during tax year 2010-2011.

Planning.  Because the City is wholly surrounded by the Frankenmuth Township, leadership of both governments works cooperatively through the City Township Growth Master Plan. Originally drafted in the late 1980’s the plan recognizes the City’s need for growth while protecting the township from unmitigated sprawl. An area of land between the existing City boundaries and the agreed upon “Urban Limit Line” is an area proposed for future expansion by the City as needed.  An outstanding example of controlled growth, the Growth Master Plan has served as a model for community development throughout Michigan.

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240 W. Genesee Street

Frankenmuth, Michigan 48734

989.652.3430 extension 120

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