Taxes are based on calendar year January - December.  They are due on February 14th and August 31st of any given year.
Partial payments are accepted during tax bill time (July 1 through Feb. 28). 
You may also set up an Automatic Withdrawal from your savings or checking account to pay tax bills.  Call City Hall at (989) 345-0500 for details.
Click here for the form.
tax sign 



Our garbage services are currently being contracted by GFL Environmental with pickups scheduled for every Wednesday.  That day could change depending on holidays or weather related issues.  For questions, please see the calendar of pickup dates below.  Any person or entity who has curbside collection service may place the curb cart at curbside (or street side if there is no curb) for collection purposes only, but not earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the day preceding collection day. A cart placed out for collection must be removed from the curbside/streetside no later than 6:00 p.m. on collection day.

We don’t want your cart missed, but they can’t pick up your trash if it isn’t by the curb when the truck arrives on service day. This guide on container placement will ensure you’re prepared:

  • Place your trash can and recycling bin at the curb with the wheels facing your house and the lid opening into the street.
  • When possible, please keep your garbage cans four feet apart and at least four feet or more from any obstacles such as mailboxes, cars, lamp posts, or power lines.
  • It’s generally best to put your container out the night before your collection day. That way even if they are early, you won’t miss your pick-up.
  • Keep your container at the curb until the end of the day if it hasn’t been collected. Sometimes the timing of their arrival changes, and we don’t them want them to miss you if they come later than expected.

If you follow these guidelines, you shouldn’t have any problems with your collection. On rare occasions something can go wrong, so if you have any issues with your service such as a missed collection, please contact City Hall to report it.

In addition to the curb cart, two large items may be placed along side the cart for pickup each week.  Large items, when possible, will be picked up at the same time as the cart; however, some items, depending on size and weight, may be picked up at a separate time.  If large items are not picked up within 1 week of placement, we ask that residents contact City Hall to let us know.  You can contact City Hall at 989-345-0500

For a calendar of pickup dates, please CLICK HERE.
Brush Pickup  BRUSH PICKUP

Is the last Monday of each month, March through November.  Changes may be necessary due to snow.
Sticks and branches not exceeding 4"in diameter may be placed on the curb in small bundles the Thursday before the last Monday.
Full tree removal (trunk and branches) is the responsibility of the property owner.
For additional info, please contact City Hall at (989) 345-0500. 



Tuesdays NOON-4pm and Saturdays 9am-NOON

You must present your recycling card each time you use the facility.  Individuals without cards will be denied. If you do not have a card, click here for the form and email to or drop off at 121 N. 4th St, West Branch, MI. 
The Recycling Center is open to the following areas:
City of West Branch, West Branch Township, Ogemaw Township, Foster Township, Horton Township, Edwards Township, Churchill Township, Klacking Township, Logan Township, Cumming Township, and the City of Rose City.



Water/Sewer bills are billed monthly on the last day of every month.  You have until the last day of the following month to pay your bill without penalty.  Partial payments are accepted at any time.
You may also set up an Automatic Withdrawal from your savings or checking account to pay water/sewer bills.  Call City Hall at 989-345-0500 for details.
Click here for the automatic withdrawal form.
NOTE:  If you believe that your water bill is higher than normal, please check for possible leaks within your home prior to making contact with City Hall or DPW.  Click here to see the most common cause of this problem and how to correct it.



  1. Contact the City of West Branch (see below)
  2. Locate the main shut off (usually next to the water meter)
  3. Shut water valve off SLOWLY (slow shut off will help to not create a water hammer)
  4. If no valve can be located near the meter, the City will shut off the water at the curb box
  5. Once the repair has been completed, turn water back on SLOWLY (again, to avoid water hammer).  (A “Water Hammer” is created when the water is shut off too quickly, which creates a shock wave that will shake the pipes and could create a broken pipe.)

In case of a water emergency, please contact Mike Killackey, DPW Superintendent, at: (989) 965-4982.


grass  LAWN CARE

The City of West Branch asks that City residents help keep our City looking nice by keeping your lawn mowed.  Growth of 6” or greater is prohibited under Section 153.08 of the City of West Branch Code of Ordinances. Please keep your lawn mowed to prevent mowing charges from the City and/or the issuance of a Municipal Civil infraction.



Sidewalk Snow Removal remains the responsibility of the PROPERTY OWNER.  Failure to keep sidewalks clean may result in a charge to the property owner. 
The GOOD NEWS is that following most heavy snow falls (5"+) the City will move the snow once all of the roads have been cleared.


Parking  PARKING

No Overnight Parking - City Ordinance prohibits vehicles parking on City streets between the hours of 2am and 6am (November 1 thru March 31).
There is no parking in City lots between the hours of 2am and 6am without a permit.
Call City Hall at (989) 345-0500 for rules or exceptions. 
For more information on parking, please click HERE.


ORV ORDINANCE                                                                                                                                                             
ORVs may be driven only on the following streets:
    Dow Road, between City Limits and Annie Street
    Annie Street, between Dow Road and North Fifth Street
    North Fifth Street, between Annie Street and Lucas Lane
For the full ORV Ordinance please click HERE.


The City of West Branch prohibits the burning of any recyclable materials at any time.
Fires may only be kept in a portable outdoor fireplace.
Fireplaces may only be used for either heat or light, not cooking.
The only thing that may be used for fuel is wood.
Fireplaces must be attended by an adult aged 18 years or older.
Fireplaces may not be within 15 feet of any combustible materials or buildings.
The flames must always be completely contained within the fireplace.
No fireplace may emit an objectionable amount of odor or smoke.
No fire may be lit between the hours of 1:00am and 8:00am.

To see the full Burning Regulations, please click HERE.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

For more information contact City Hall at (989) 345-0500.