City of Muskegon
City Commission Worksession
January 9, 2012
City Commission Chambers
Present: Commissioners Warmington, Gawron, Turnquist, Wierengo, German, Spataro, and
Bayview Tower PILOT.
Carl Skrzynski and Rick Rick Pennings are in the process of purchasing the Bayview Towers.
The property currently has a PILOT, which was approved in 1980, as well as Section 8 status for
their 200 elderly designated units. The PILOT arrangement approved by City Commission in
1980 was in effect prior to the current City ordinance and would last as long as the MSHDA
mortgage was in effect, not to exceed fifty years (under the current ordinance, new exemptions
run for a period of up to 25 years). Therefore, if the current mortgage remained in effect, the
PILOT agreement would also remain in effect up until 2030.
Under the current arrangement, Bayview makes an Annual Shelter Rent/Payment in Lieu of
Taxes payment of about $34,000 each year. “Annual Shelter Rent” is defined as the total
collections during an agreed annual period from all occupants of a housing project representing
rents or occupancy charges, exclusive of any charges for gas, electricity heat or other utilities
furnished to the occupants. The Payment in Lieu of Taxes is calculated as 10% of the Annual
Under the current arrangement, Bayview also makes a City Service Charge payment of about
$57,000 each year. The City Service Charge is calculated as 3% of “contract rents”. Therefore,
the total annual payment made by Bayview is approximately $91,000.
Based on the estimated assessed value from the County Equalization Department, without the
property tax exemption, the projected annual property taxes for Bayview Towers would be
Mr. Skrznski is requesting a 41 year exemption period for a PILOT to be approved for his
development. In addition to the PILOT “Contract for Housing Exemption”, the City
Commission must also approve amendments to the current ordinance to allow for the type of
financing proposed by the developer and the number of years for final maturity of the mortgage.
The City Commission will consider this request at their Commission meeting that will be held on
Tuesday, January 24, 2012.
Jim Maurer, Information Technology Director, informed the Commission that he has been in
negotiations with Central Dispatch to utilize a new telephone system through their fiber-optic
lines. The cost will be approximately $150,000 but it is expected that the City will save
$1,000,000 within 10 years.
This item will be placed on the Commission meeting Tuesday, January 10, 2012 for their
City Commission Goal Setting.
The annual Goal Setting meeting was set for Friday, January 20, 2012. (Later it was revised to
January 27, 2012).
City Manager, Bryon Mazade, suggested that the Rental Registration/Inspections policy be re-
evaluated by staff for unusual situations that have bee brought to his attention.
Staff will re-evaluate the current policy and provide a recommendation to the City Commission
for their consideration.
Motion by Commissioner Hood, seconded by Vice Mayor Gawron to adjourn at 7:12 p.m.
Ann Marie Cummings, MMC