Treasury Department Responsibilities
Upon receipt of the tax roll, the treasurer shall proceed to collect taxes, account for, and deliver to the county treasurer and other tax assessing entities. There are three types of taxes the treasurer is charged with collecting: real property taxes, personal property taxes, and industrial facility taxes. The tax amount is based on the taxable value of the property and the millage assessed by the entity.
By State statute, the treasurer is required to receive and take charge of all funds belonging to the township of which are required by law to be paid into the township treasury, and to pay and account for the funds according to law or township board decision.
It is very important that the township treasurer diligently maintain accurate records of all income, receipts, and disbursements. The treasurer should maintain a uniform system of accounting as promulgated by the state treasurer and should keep an accurate accounting for each township fund so that s/he can accurately report on the status of those funds.
The treasurer shall invest public funds as directed by the township board in lawful investments as authorized by state statute and township investment policy. All funds are invested in accordance with the objectives as set forth in the following order of importance: 1) Safety of capital, 2) Liquidity, and 3) Return on Investment.
The previous description was excerpted from Authorities & Responsibilities of Michigan Township Officials, Boards and Commissions published by the Michigan Townships Association, copyright 1995.
Treasurer’s Department Forms and Information
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Treasurer’s Department Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I pay my taxes with a credit or debit card?
ANS: No. Real and personal property taxes must be paid using check or cash only.
2. When can I expect to receive my summer taxes?
ANS: Summer taxes should be received in early July.
3. When should I expect to receive my winter taxes?
ANS: Winter taxes should be received in early December. Special assessments are usually placed on the winter taxes. Winter taxes are due by the last day in February.
4. When is the last day I can pay my summer/winter taxes at the township?
ANS: The last day of February. Any unpaid taxes after that day are turned over to the county as delinquent.
5. Do you have a drop box to place a tax payment in after business hours?
ANS: Yes, it is located on the right side of the front door of the township.
6. If I don’t receive a tax bill, am I legally obligated to pay?
ANS: Yes. As unfair as some may think that is, the law clearly states the property owner is responsible even if they didn’t get a bill. If you pay your own taxes, remember July and December time frames…
7. Is there any way I could delay paying my summer taxes without paying interest?
ANS: Yes. It is possible to defer summer tax payment until February 28 if the owner meets age, disability and or income guidelines. You must fill out an application that is available on this website under Treasury on the main page and submit it to our office no later than September 15.