1. What is the difference between
Assessed Value and Taxable Value?
Ans: The Assessed Value of a property is 50% of the estimated
“true cash value” that a property potentially will sell
for in the open market without any special conditions. The Taxable Value
is used for the calculation of property taxes. The millages voted in
by local taxpayers are spread over the Taxable Value to determine a
tax obligation by the taxpayer. Taxes are used to pay for services and
schools within the local and county area. For the specific calculations,
you should discuss this with your local Assessor or Treasurer.
2. Who and what determines the value
of my home?
Ans: Who? A certified Assessor for Fenton
Township is to assess all property in the township at its estimated
fair market value. What? The market value of your property
is the probable price that it would sell for in an arm’s length
transaction between a willing buyer and a willing seller. Market value,
in Michigan, is defined as “true cash value”. Market value
changes from one year to the next.
3. How does the Assessor determine
the market value of my home?
Ans: As of December 31st each year, Tax
Day, the Assessor is required by Michigan State Law to assess
at 50% of true cash value all assessable property within Fenton Township.
This includes homes, commercial properties, industrial properties, agricultural
properties, vacant land, and personal property used to operate business.
After gathering pertinent information, such as sales, construction costs,
rental incomes, operating expenses, and interest rates, the Assessor
determines a property value in three different ways.
1. Sales Comparison Approach. First, to estimate the
value of a property as of a given date, the Assessor selects, objectively
analyzes, and makes the necessary adjustment for differences on recently
sold comparable homes or properties. It is important to realize that
the sales price for an individual property does not necessarily dictate
the market value of that property.
2. Cost Approach. Second, the Assessor determines at
current materials and labor costs, how much money it would take to replace
your home or building with one just like it. This approach provides
an estimate of value based on a determination of land value added to
the depreciated cost of buildings and other improvements. If your home
or building is not new, the Assessor determines how much it has depreciated
due to normal wear and tear or any negative factors. The value of your
lot as vacant, is also estimated from sales, and added to the value
of the home or building.
3. Income Approach. The third approach provides an
estimate of value by analyzing the income producing capacity of investment
property. Investment property is worth the present value of income that
is to be received in the future. This approach is used mostly for appeals
of commercial and industrial properties, or for houses used as a rental
4. My assessment went up this year,
and I did nothing new to my house. Why?
Ans: Since assessments must be set by market value, changing
real estate values in the community will be reflected in assessments.
Market value is a product of the prices paid for property. As prices
increase or decrease, so does market value. Property owners have a responsibility
to report any changes to the Assessor on their home or property that
would affect value. Our building department does notify us of any building
permits issued. If you plan to make changes or demo a house, contact
5. How can I get the square footage,
story height, lot size, parcel number, assessed value, taxable value,
or legal description of a property?
Ans: You may go to our website
or call our assessing office @ 810-629-3445. Be sure to have an owner’s
last name, or a street number/address, or a parcel number available
to assist the staff in identifying the information you need.
6. How do I combine or divide my land?
Ans: An applicant shall file all of the following
with the Township Assessor or other official designated by the Fenton
Township Board, for review and approval of a proposed land division,
or combination before making any division either by deed, land contract,
lease for more than one year, or for building development. (Application
found on Assessing Department’s Form
A. A completed application form provided by the Township.
B. Proof of ownership.
C. A survey map or drawing to scale of existing land and proposed divisions
with legals. (See application for additional items to be identified.)
D. Proof that all taxes or special assessments are paid in full.
E. Proof that all Standards of the State Land Division Act (Public
Act 591 of 1996, Effective 3-31,1997) and the Township Land
Division Ordinance (Ordinance #516) have been met.
F. All divisions shall comply with minimum area and width requirements
of the Fenton Township
Zoning Ordinance (Ordinance 186, Article XVII).
Parcel Split – Metes & Bounds $100.00
Parcel Split – Platted Lots (If public hearing $100.00 not required)
Parcel Combination – Platted or Metes & Bounds $100.00
Parcel Split – New Plat or Condominium Development
First 2 lots/units $100.00
Additional lots/units over 2 $ 25.00 per lot/unit
H. Sign and date a copy of Resolution No. 2000-40.
The resolution states,” The payment of property taxes, which are
due and payable on July 1st and December 1st of any given year, for
any parcel of real property that has been divided and sold during the
same year, shall be the responsibility of the record owner of said property
at the time the application to divide the property is submitted to the
Charter Township of Fenton”.
When combining or dividing land, the existing “parent parcel
number” will be retired, and a new “child” number
will be issued for the effective year of the land division or combination.
7. Do you have flood plain maps?
Ans: Yes, flood plain maps are available for viewing purposes.
We are not experts in the Flood Hazard Areas. The maps are for Flood
Insurance purposes. To determine if Flood Insurance is available in
this community, contact your insurance agent, or call the National Flood
Insurance Program at (800) 638-6620 or (800) 424-8872.
8. What are my taxes this year, and
can I find out what my neighbor’s taxes are?
Ans: Current and delinquent taxes can be obtained from the
local (810-629-1537), or county (810-257-3054)
treasurer’s office. Yes, under FOIA (Freedom of Information
Act) you can also request your neighbor’s taxes. (You
can link to the Genesee County Website & County Treasurer’s
Office on the Link Section
of the Assessing Department.)
9. My house is not worth the value
you have on it. What are my rights of appeal?
Ans: First, if your opinion of the value of your property differs
from the Assessor’s, come to our office and discuss the matter.
We are here to listen and help you. Second, after receiving your February
Assessment notice, go to the March Board of Review the 2nd Monday in
March at the Fenton Township Civic Community Center to exercise your
right of appeal. Be sure to support your opinion of value with a list
of recent sales in the local area, provide pictures showing the condition
and depreciation of your home, or bring a recent appraisal of comparable
homes with similar size, story height, lot size, square footage, amenities,
and the same school district. If denied by the March Board of Review,
petition to the Michigan Tax Tribunal in writing by June 30th. The mailing
address is: Michigan Tax Tribunal, P.O. Box 30232, Lansing,
10. What school district am I in,
and what is the homestead and non-homestead rate?
Ans: There are three school districts in Fenton Township.
Lake Fenton Schools, Fenton Schools, and Linden Schools. The
millage rates for each school district can be found on the Assessing
Department’s Information Section.
11. What is a Property Transfer
Ans: Whenever real estate or some types of personal property
are transferred from one owner to another, this form must be filed.
It is used by the Assessor to ensure the property is assessed properly
and receives the correct taxable value. It must be filed by the new
owner with the Assessor for the city or township where the property
is located within 45 days of the transfer. If it is not filed timely,
a penalty of $5/day (maximum $200) applies. This form is issued under
Authority of P.A. 415 of 1994, and filing is mandatory.
(The Property Transfer Affidavit can be found on the Assessing
12. What is a Principal Residence
Exemption (P.R.E.), and how do I qualify?
Ans: If you own and occupy your home as a principal residence,
it may be exempt from a portion of your local school operating taxes.
A Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit issued under Authority
of P.A. 237 of 1994 (available under the Forms Section
of the Assessing Department) must be completed and filed with
your township or city by May 1st. Owning means you
hold the legal title, or you are currently buying it on a recorded land
contract. (Renters should not file this form.) Occupying
means your principal residence is the place you intend to return to
whenever you go away. It is the address that appears on your Driver
License or Voter Registration Card. Your children should attend school
from this address, and your State Income Tax Form is received there.
A Farmland Exemption or Agricultural Use Homestead
is for property classified agricultural by the Assessor. To qualify,
Contact the local Assessor for an explanation of details and request
a copy of Form 2599. (The Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit
can be found on the Assessing Department’s Form
13. Why, and when, do I have to
Rescind/Withdraw my Principal Residence Exemption?
Ans: By filing a Request to Rescind Form, issued under Authority
of P.A. 237 of 1994, enables people who are selling or converting
their home to another use to rescind their exemption. It also enables
people to change the percentage that they occupy as their principal
residence, or to remove an exemption they had been receiving erroneously.
(The Rescind/Withdraw Form with instructions is available on
the Assessing Department’s Form
BUILDING & ORDINANCE ENFORCEMENT
1. How much does a building permit cost?
Ans: Building permits are charged by the square foot. .40
cents per square foot on residential construction, and .30 cents per
square foot on accessory buildings (attached & detached garages,
sheds over 200 square feet, or pole buildings). Residential remodeling
and alteration permits are $50.00. All permits require a bond to be
posted at the time the permit is issued. Residential new construction
and additions require a $350.00 bond, and all accessory buildings require
a $250.00 bond. These bonds are refunded within 30 days of a final approved
inspection by the building official. Call our office for further questions
regarding this matter.
2. How long does it take to obtain a building
Ans: Once you have submitted your completed building permit
application, plan review process is usually complete and the permit
is ready for pick up within 5-7 business days, with the exception of
3. How close to the lot lines can I build
Ans: It depends on the type of structure you are building
and what zoning district your property is located in. Call the Building/Zoning
Department for further information.
4. I want to replace my roof this year.
Do I need a building permit?
Ans: No. Building permits are not required for replacing a
roof, windows, or siding. Only when you are changing the actual structure
such as roof pitch, trusses, or window and/or door way size. Call the
Building Department if ever in doubt.
5. A new home is being built in my neighborhood
and I think the owners are living in it while they are building it.
Is this allowed?
Ans: No it is not permissible for anyone to live in a newly
constructed home that has not been completed and inspected. A final
certificate of occupancy must be obtained before anyone may move in
or stay overnight.
6. I understand that Fenton Township
that does not do the plumbing, electrical, or mechanical inspections,
and that they are performed through the State of Michigan. How do I
obtain my permits for them?
Ans: Go to the Department of Consumer & Industry Services
website and look under “Construction Codes & Fire Safety”,
then go to “Forms”. From there you will find what you need.
7. Can I purchase a copy
of the Michigan Residential Building Code at your office?
Ans: Yes, we keep extra copies on hand for that reason. Call
the office for pricing.
8. How do I file a complaint on an Ordinance
violation and do I have to give out my name or any other personal information?
Ans: Call the office and ask for the Ordinance Enforcement
Department. Our Ordinance Enforcement Department will assist you in
filing a complaint.
9. My neighbor’s dog is frequently
in my yard or running around the rest of the neighborhood, and it seems
to be barking all the time when it is confined to its own property.
What can I do about it?
Ans: Our Dog Control Ordinance No. 253 prohibits dogs running
at large. And owning, keeping, or having charge of a barking dog is
prohibited in Fenton Township. A copy of this Ordinance can be obtained
on this website.
10. What is considered to be blight?
Ans: Blight can be anything from old tires lying around, to
broken out windows in a home, to rubbish that has sat out for pick-up
too long. A copy of the Blight Elimination Ordinance No. 508 can be
obtained on this website.
11. My fence is on my neighbor’s
property. Can they remove it without my permission?
Ans: This is considered a property line dispute and is a private
civil matter. The Township cannot get involved in private civil matters.
You will need to contact a lawyer.
12. I have recently had people come
to my door wanting to sell me something. Is solicitation allowed in
Ans: No it is not. Fenton Township has a Solicitors; Peddlers;
Hawkers; Vendors Ordinance No. 169 that prohibits this activity.
13. What about wetlands issues? How
do I file a complaint on a wetland violation?
Ans: Wetlands are regulated by the Department of Environmental
Quality. Go to: www.michigan.gov/deq
or call the Department of Environmental Quality Assistance Center 1-800-662-9278.
14. I want to build or
replace a seawall and make a sandy beach area for swimming. Do I need
Ans: Yes, but these permits are pulled through the Department
of Environmental Quality. You can download their permit application
or contact our office for a copy of an application.
is the schedule for submitting invoices to the Township?
Ans: Expenses (A/P Invoice) will be submitted for approval
at every regular scheduled Township Board Meeting.
Board Meetings are held on the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month.
Meeting dates may change due to holidays and/or scheduling conflicts.
2. How do I determine
outstanding special assessments on a specific property?
Ans: You can call to request a payoff report on a specific
property, the information will be researched and ready the following
-Payoff reports can be picked up by phone daily between 11:00-12:00.
In order to process this payoff report you must have one or more
of the following:
-Parcel Number (SID Number)
-Current Owners Name
-Current Business Name
-Information included on the payoff report:
-Current Sewer Use
-All special assessments included on taxes, yearly and interest bearing
PLANNING AND ZONING
1. What is a zoning text amendment?
Ans: A zoning text amendment changes the language of the Zoning
2. When is a zoning text amendment required?
Ans: Text amendments may be required to clarify the language
of the Zoning Ordinance, add new zoning techniques, add new uses to
zoning districts, bring standards up to date, implement a change in
procedure, or other reasons. A text amendment can be initiated by a
resident of the Township by petition or by application and payment of
a fee, or by resolution by the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of
Appeals or Township Board.
3. Who approves a zoning text amendment?
Ans: Text amendments are reviewed by the planning commission
at a public hearing. Amendments are adopted by the Township Board, after
considering the Planning Commission recommendation.
4. What are the standards for approval
of a zoning text amendment?
Ans: When considering amendments to the Zoning Ordinance text
the Planning Commission must find:
A. The change is necessary to clarify a provision of the Ordinance,
B. The change is necessary to correct a mistake in the Ordinance, or
C. The change is necessary to implement a goal or policy of the Township
Land Use Plan, or
D. The change is necessary to improve administration of the Ordinance
or to better serve the community.
E. In addition to one (1) or more of the above findings, the Planning
Commission must determine that the requested amendment is in compliance
with the Township Land Use Plan or that a mistake in the plan, or changes
in conditions or township policy have occurred that are relevant to
the request. If the Planning Commission recommends approval of a request
that is not in compliance with the current plan due to a mistake or
change in conditions or policy, it shall immediately initiate an amendment
to the plan to address the identified mistake of change.
5. What is rezoning?
Ans: A rezoning is a change in the zoning district classification
of a specific geographic area on the zoning map.
6. When are rezonings required?
Ans: A rezoning request can be initiated by the landowner,
Township Board, Planning Commission or Zoning Board of Appeals to accommodate
a different land use than is permitted in that district.
7. Who approves a rezoning?
Ans: Rezonings are reviewed by the Planning Commission at
a public hearing, following which they make a recommendation on the
amendment. Amendments are adopted by the Township Board, after considering
the Planning Commission recommendation, public hearing comments and
8. What are the standards for approval
of a rezoning?
Ans: The Township Planning Commission and Township Board must
find one of the following (see Section 14.02):
A. The requested amendment is in compliance with the Township Land
Use Plan or that a mistake in the plan, or changes in conditions or
Township policy have occurred that are relevant to the request. If the
Planning Commission recommends approval of a request that is not in
compliance with the current plan due to a mistake or change in conditions
or policy, it shall immediately initiate an amendment to the plan to
address the identified mistake of change.
B. The property cannot be reasonably used as it is currently zoned and
the proposed request represents the most suitable alternative zoning
classification based on the Future Land Use Plan.
9. What is site plan review?
Ans: Site plan review procedures provide an opportunity for
the Planning Commission to review the proposed use of a site in relation
to drainage, pedestrian and vehicle circulation, off-street parking,
structural relationship, public utilities, landscaping, accessibility
and other site design elements which may have an adverse effect upon
the public health, safety, morals and general welfare as well as to
provide for the interest of the property owner.
10. When are site plans required?
Ans: Site plans are required for any of the following:
A. As part of an application for a special use permit.
B. Any change in use which requires construction of ten (10) or more
additional parking spaces.
C. As part of an application for approval of a condominium development.
D. Any other construction or moving of structures except:
1. Single family and duplex residences on individual parcels and their
2. Non-residential accessory structures under six hundred (600) square
3. Expansions of under six hundred (600) square feet to existing structures.
11. What information is required on
a site plan?
Ans: Information required on a site plan is listed in Section
8.03. The applicant is required to complete and submit a Site Plan Review
Checklist as part of the application.
12. Who reviews the site plans?
Ans: The Planning Commission is authorized to review all site
plans, including site plans submitted as a part of a special use permit
application, except those special use permits which are approved administratively.
The Planning Commission is authorized to approve, disapprove or approve
the site plan with conditions.
13. What is the site plan review process?
Ans: The site plan review process is intended to allow the
Township the opportunity to review a proposed development prior to its
construction, to determine compliance with the requirements of this
14. What are the standards for site
Ans: All approved site plans shall comply with the appropriate
zoning district regulations, parking requirements, general provisions
and other requirements of this Ordinance as they apply to the proposed
site plan. In addition, each site plan shall comply with the general
requirements listed in Section 8.03 of the ordinance.
15. Why does the planning commission
place conditions in site plan approval?
Ans: The Planning Commission may place conditions on approval
of a site plan when such conditions:
1. Would ensure that public services and facilities will be capable
of accommodating increased service and facility loads caused by the
land use or activity.
2. Would protect the natural environment and conserve natural resources
3. Would ensure compatibility with adjacent used of land.
4. Would promote the use of land in a socially and economically desirable
16. What are performance guarantees?
Ans: In the interest of insuring compliance with the Zoning
Ordinance provisions, the Planning Commission of Zoning Administrator
(depending on who approved the site plan) may require the applicant
to deposit a performance guarantee. The purpose of the performance guarantee
is to ensure completion of improvements connects with the proposed use
as required by this Ordinance, including but not limited to roadways,
lighting, utilities, sidewalks, drainage, fences, screens, walls, landscaping,
and widening strips.
17. Can an applicant make changes to
approved site plans?
Ans: All work conducted related to a project with an approved
site plan shall be in conformance to that site plan. Any amendment to
an approved site plan shall require the site plan to be resubmitted
to the Planning Commission and go through the entire review process
again, starting with the preliminary review, with the exception of minor
changes as determined by the Zoning Administrator, as long as the change
does not result in:
1. A significant change in the use, intensity of character of the development.
2. A significant increase in lot coverage.
3. A reduction in required off street parking or loading areas or drainage
retention or detention capacity.
4. Reduction in pavement widths or utility pipe size.
5. Significant changes in road or lot layout.
Minor changes shall require written notice to the Planning Commission
and a notation added to the record of the decision.
18. What are the time limits for completion
of a site plan?
Ans: A building permit for a project approved by site plan
approval shall be filed with the Township Building Inspector within
two (2) year from the date of approval of the site plan and completed
within two (2) years from the date that the building permit was filed
with the Building Inspector. The Planning Commission may grant approval
for more than two (2) years in the case of large or multi-phased development,
but nor more than five (5) years. The Zoning Administrator may grant
one (1) extension for an additional one (1) year if the applicant can
demonstrate that suitable, continual progress has been made on the project.
19. What is a special use permit?
Ans: Uses are permitted either ‘by right’ or by
‘special use permit’. A special use is a use which may be
appropriate in the district in which it is permitted, but has certain
characteristics which must be managed to protect the integrity of uses
permitted by right in that district. For this reason, applications for
special use permit must also go through Site Plan Review.
20. When is special use permit approval
Ans: Special use permit approval is required for all uses
listed as special use in the District Regulations Article 3 of the Zoning
21. Who approves special use permits?
Ans: Special use permits are reviewed and approved by the
Township Planning Commission.
22. What are the standards for approval
of a special use permit?
Ans: The Planning Commission reviews the particular circumstances
of the special use request under consideration in terms of the following
standards, as well as applicable standards established elsewhere in
this Ordinance. The Planning Commission shall find that a proposed use
1. be of such location, size and character that is will be in harmony
with the appropriate and orderly development of the surrounding neighborhood
and/or vicinity and applicable regulations of the zoning district which
it is to be located;
2. be of a nature that will make vehicular and pedestrian traffic no
more hazardous than is normal for the district involved, taking into
consideration vehicular turning movements in relation to routes of traffic
flow, proximity, and relationship to intersections, adequacy of sight
distances, location and access of off-street parking and provisions
for pedestrian traffic, with particular attention to minimizing child-vehicle
3. be designed as to the location, size, intensity, site layout and
hours of operation so as to eliminate any nuisance emanating there from
which might be noxious to the occupants of any other nearby permitted
uses, whether by reason of dust, noise, fumes, vibration, smoke or lights;
4. be such that the proposed location and height of buildings or structures
and location, nature and height of walls, fences and landscaping will
not interface with or discourage the appropriate development and use
of adjacent land and buildings or unreasonably affect their value;
5. not place demands on public services and facilities in excess of
6. be so designed, located, planned and operated that the public health,
safety and welfare will be protected;
7. not cause substantial injury to the value of other property in the
neighborhood in which it is to be located and will not be detrimental
to existing and/or permitted land uses in the zoning district.
1. Is public water available?
Ans: At this time there is no municipal water system in Fenton Township.
2. Is sewer available to my property?
Ans: If you own vacant property in Fenton Township or currently have
a septic system and wish to connect to the sanitary sewer system please
contact the Sewer Department to check if these services are available
to your property.
3. Do I have to connect to the sewer
Ans: Any property that is within 250 ft. of the Township sewer system
must connect to sanitary sewer. When sanitary sewer becomes available
to existing residences they are not required to connect until such time
as their existing septic system fails.
4. What is a sewer connection?
Ans: A sewer lead that goes from the Fenton Township sanitary sewer
line to your residence or business.
5. How much does a sewer
connection permit cost?
Ans: At this time a connection permit is $ 7,600.00 for a direct connection
and $6,000.00 for an indirect connection.
6. What is the difference
between a direct and indirect sewer connection?
Ans: An example of a direct connection would be an individual home connecting
directly to an existing Township sewer line. An indirect connection
would be an individual home connecting to a sewer system constructed
specifically for their subdivision or development, which ultimately
connects to existing Township sewer lines.
7. Who can install a sewer connection?
Ans: Only contractors who are registered with the Township can install
sewer lead connections. A list of those contractors is available at
the Township office.
8. How do I find where the sewer connection
is located on my property?
Ans: Township staff will review as-builts to assist you in
locating your sanitary sewer lead.
9. How far does the sewer lead need to be from
Ans: Your well must be located 10 ft. from your gravity sanitary
10. Why must the manhole remain uncovered?
Ans: Fenton Township maintenance workers must be able to access
the manhole for review and/or repair.
11. What if I want to landscape over
Ans: You may cover the manhole with wood chips, lightly cover with gravel
or place a light flowerpot on top but the manhole must remain accessible.
If the manhole has been raised or has been established as above grade
and you cover it you will be charged for the maintenance crew to uncover
12. If I have sewage coming up in my
drains what do I do?
Ans: Stop running water in your home at once. Immediately call the Township
office (810-629-1537) during business hours or the emergency number
(810-767-2040) at night, holidays or weekends. You may also want to
call a sewer cleaning firm as soon as possible.
13. Who is responsible if I have sewage
back up into my home?
Ans: If it is determined the Township is responsible for the back up
because the main gravity sanitary sewer line is blocked the Township
will pay for all expenses incurred. If the back up is due to a blockage
in your sewer lead the homeowner is responsible for all cost incurred.
14. Can I connect my sump pump into
the sewer system?
Ans: No, Public Act 222 prohibits any sump pumps from being
connected to the sanitary sewer.
15. Can I connect my downspouts into
the sewer system?
Ans: No, You may not connect any storm water to the sanitary
16. Why is it important to keep storm water
out of the sewer system?
Ans: Storm water mixed with sanitary sewage must be treated at the treatment
plant therefore placing an additional burden on the entire system. Further
storm water in sanitary sewer line overtaxes the lines themselves eventually
leading to the necessity and expense of upgrading pipe size.
17. Can I open a manhole for inspection?
Ans: Only authorized Fenton Township employees or their contractors
may open manholes. Inflow protectors have been installed in all manholes
to keep storm water out of the system and they must not be disturbed.
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. This year
the State of Michigan has elected to collect the SET tax at 100%. There
has also been a reduction from 6 to 5 mills. The summer taxes are due
by September 15, 2003. After September 15 interest of 1% will be added
to your tax bill each month until paid.
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 February 28, 2004. After March 1 interest of 1% and 4% penalty
will be added to your tax bill.
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. The Genesee County
Treasurer's Office telephone number is (810) 257-3054.
5. Should I notify anyone
if I change who pays my taxes?
Ans: No. If you decide to pay your own taxes or if your escrow
mortgage company or bank changes, you need to forward your tax bill
to them. Twice a year we send mortgage companies tax bills and that
is only when they are requested. If you have an escrow account and receive
your bill, you will need to forward that bill on to them.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. What should I receive
if I pay my own taxes?
Ans: You should receive a white mailer. If you pay in person,
bring the bill with you. If you pay by mail, send only the top portion.
You will receive a stamped paid green for summer and pink for winter
9. Can I pay my taxes at
any local bank offices?
Ans: No. We do not have that service available.
10. 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 in our office no later than September
11. How is it possible
I wouldn't receive a tax bill?
Ans: Every attempt is made to make sure property owner's receive
their bill. Any returned bills are researched and hopefully sent out
to the right address. Please contact our office if you don't receive
a bill in early July or early December. Sometimes mortgage companies
request bills in error. Selling of a house in November or June could
result in the seller receiving the tax bill and not forwarding it. Also
refinancing can cause the incorrect mortgage company to receive a bill.
This happens when an account is
closed and reopened with a new institution.
12. Do you accept post
marks for tax payments?
Ans: Yes, up to 7 days after the due date. Any payments received
beyond that point will be returned to sender. Payment will have to be
at the Genesee County Treasurer's Office with penalty and interest.
13. Will the township
ever offer tax information on the website about specific properties?
Ans: No. There is a website set up already through Genesee
County. The website contains Assessing and Tax information. There is
also a section for delinquent tax information. The link is www.co.genesee.mi.us/treasurer.
14. Should I contact
the Treasurer's office with a name/address change or a Principal Residence
Ans: You should contact the Assessing office with those requests
for tax changes. Each requires a form filled out and return to the Assessing
15. When are taxes due
if September 14 or February 28 falls on a legal holiday or on a weekend
Ans: You have until the next business day to pay. For example,
if summer taxes are due September 14 and that day falls on Saturday
or Sunday, you could pay the next Monday without having to pay penalties.
16. How come my escrow
company said they paid on one date, but your office doesn't show it
paid or it was much later than when the escrow company said they paid?
Ans: Many mortgage/escrow companies use a couple of tax service
companies. The two largest are Transamerican Real Estate Tax Service
and First American Real Estate Tax Services. These companies sometimes
hold payments and combine them with others before sending to the Treasurer.
17. Am I responsible
to pay interest or penalties if my escrow company doesn't pay on time?
Ans: No. They are responsible and should not charge you. This
year there is a summer tax bill. It is their responsibility to know
this and make payment from your account.