Treasurer's Dept. & Property Tax Information

  

SUMMER TAX DEFERMENT INFORMATION: 

Summer Tax Deferment....If your household income is less than $40,000 per year AND you meet one of the following, you may qualify to defer your summer taxes:


1. be 62 years of age or older or be the unmarried surviving spouse of a person who was 62 years of age or older at the time of death
2. be paraplegic, hemiplegic, or quadriplegic
3. be an eligible serviceperson, eligible veteran, eligible widow or widower
4. be a blind person
5. be totally, and permanently disabled

 If you qualify, you must complete & turn in the appropriate paperwork no later than the summer tax due date. The deferment, if granted, pushes back the due date of the summer tax bill, without interest or penalty, to the winter tax due date of February 14th.  If you fail to pay by the winter due date after a deferment has been granted, interest/penalty will be charged.

If you have questions regarding this deferment and your situation, please call Treasurer Lori Archer or Deputy Treasurer Veronica West at the Laketon Township Hall....231-744-2454

  

  

Property Tax Information & Payments Available ONLINE!

Property Tax information is now available to you 24 hours a day 7 days a week via the internet!  Any individual can access this information by creating a user name and password.  Each individual will be able to access information for their own property at NO CHARGE and each additional property they wish to access information on will be charged a "per property" fee.  NOTE: The fee is $2.00 to view detailed record information.  All searches for records are free, detailed information is available to the property owner for free, if you wish to look up more properties and recieved detailed information, there is a per parcel fee.

 

Click Here to go to the property tax information website.  You will also have the option to pay tax bills and sewer usage bills from this website.  Or, if you prefer to go directly to our payment website without looking up property information or the amount of the bill, click here  .

Important Dates & Information Relating to Property Taxes

July 1st: 

Summer Tax bills are mailed.  If you do not receive a summer tax bill within the first week of July, please call.

September 14th: 

Summer Tax bill payments are due. (if the 14th falls on a weekend, the due date will be the next business day) 

Note:  Summer taxes must be paid at the township hall until they are turned over to the Muskegon County Treasurer for delinquent collection on March 1st - after March 1st ALL DELINQUENT TAXES MUST be paid to the Muskegon County Treasurer.

December 1st:

Winter Tax bills are mailed.  If you do not receive a winter tax bill within the first week of December, please call.

February 14th:

Winter Tax bill payments are due. (if the 14th falls on a weekend, the due date will be the next business day) 

Note:  Winter taxes must be paid at the township hall until they are turned over to the Muskegon County Treasurer for delinquent collection on March 1st - after March 1st ALL DELINQUENT TAXES MUST be paid to the Muskegon County Treasurer.

February 28th:

Last day to pay property taxes at the township hall.  (if the 28th falls on a weekend, the last day to pay at the township will be the next business day.)

March 1st:

ALL unpaid property taxes are turned over to the Muskegon County Treasurer for collection and all payments must be made to their office. 

What happens if I do not or cannot pay my property taxes on time? 

Please be aware that the tax bill does not have to be paid in one lump sum.  If it is easier, you may make payments.  You can begin making payments once you receive your bill.  Please call if you have any questions. 

The tax bill must be paid in full by the due date in order to avoid the interest and penalty outlined below.  However, any payments made before the due date will reduce the balance due and therefore reduce the interest and/or penalty.

Summer Tax bills:  As per state law, if summer taxes are not paid by the due date (Sept. 14th), interest will be charged in the amount of 1% per month (or fraction of a month) on the unpaid balance.  

Winter Tax bills:    As per state law, if winter taxes are not paid by the due date (Feb 14th), interest will be charged in the amount of 1% per month (of fraction of a month) on the unpaid balance. 

Penalty:  As per state law, any taxes (winter or summer or both) that remain unpaid as of February 15th will be have a 3% penalty added to the balance due.

Any taxes that remain unpaid on March 1st, each year, are turned over to the Muskegon County Treasurer for collection - where additional penalties/interest are added and continue to accrue as per State law.

Millage Rates - 2000 thru 2014

Posted below is a chart that will show you how the millage rates have changed over the past 14 years. You should note that from 2008 - 2013 the millage rate DID NOT CHANGE. 

 

For 2014 there have been several significant changes.  Overall 2.30 more mills are being collection in 2014 than were collected in 2013, here is a breakdown of the changes:

  1. MCC Bond Election on 11/5/2013 passed.  Additional .34 mills to be collected in 2014
  2. MAISD Millage Election on 2/25/2014 passed.  Additional 1.0 mills to be collected for 10 years, starting in 2014.
  3. Reeths Puffer Schools Debt millage collection increased from 8.37 mills to 9.37 mills for 2014 (An increase of 1.0 mills). If you have questions regarding this change, please call RP Schools Director of Finance Jason Helsen at 231-719-3110.
  4. Quality of Life Bond collection went down, from .3000 mills to .2600 mills (a reduction of .0400 mills)

 

The chart has columns for summer millage, winter millage (with and without PRE - Principal Residence Exemption:  formerly called Homestead Exemption) and then the totals for the year.  There is also a "Notes/Comments" column that summarizes the changes for that year.

 

 

Check out the new Accountability & Transparency portion of the Treasurer's Dept.  Click Here.

 

 NOTICE:  Laketon Township is seeking a Building Inspector.  If interested in this position, please send your resume and cover letter to Supervisor Kim Arter by December 15th, 2014.  Details on the position are on the Building Dept. Page of this website.