Frequently Asked Questions
Who is on the Board of Commissioners, and what is its function?
The 13-member Board of Commissioners serves as a legislative body for the communities in Macomb County. The powers, duties, and responsibilities of the Board are established by Michigan law, and commissioners are elected to a two-year term every other year.
They represent 13 districts of (approximately) equal population. According to the Charter approved by the Macomb County Charter Commissioner and Gov. Jennifer Granholm, the Commission may:
- Adopt, amend, or repeal ordinances or resolutions;
- Establish committees of the Commission necessary to efficiently conduct the business of the Commission;
- Appropriate funds, levy taxes, fees, and other charges, and authorize borrowing as provided by this Charter and applicable laws;
- Approve contracts of the County;
- Approve or reject appointments by the Executive as provided by this Charter;
- Override a veto by the Executive within 30 days by at least 2/3 of the Commissioners serving;
- Subpoena individuals, compel the production of records, and administer oaths;
- Appoint, approve, and remove members of committees, boards, and commissions as provided by this Charter or law;
- Submit tax and ballot proposals to the electorate; and
- Exercise any power granted by law to charter or general law counties unless otherwise provided by this Charter.
How do I know who my County Commissioner is?
Commissioners represent 13 individual districts throughout the county. To find out who your commissioner is, or how to contact him/her, click here.
How can I find out when the Board is meeting next?
How can I find out how my tax dollars are spent?
The county recognizes the importance of transparency in government, and is committed to keeping taxpayers informed. Budget data and information about expenditures is made available to the public through the county website. Click here to access up-to-date reports.
How do I obtain a county directory?
County directories are updated yearly, and are available by calling 586.469.5125 or by emailing your name and address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do the symbols in the Macomb County Emblem mean?
Dominating the emblem of Macomb County is the County outline flanked by a sailboat and three gears which represent recreation and industry, two of the county's greatest assets. The banner traversing the County's outline contains three triskelions, an age-old symbol, representing progress. The date, 1818, is the year Macomb County was established. Circumscribing the emblem are the words Macomb County and Michigan, separated by five-pointed stars -- symbols of quality.