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The Summer tax bill is sent out early July and is due September 30 without additional penalty or interest. Certain eligible seniors may qualify for a deferral of the due date to mid-February (check with the Treasurer's office for the exact date each year, because it is set annually by the State of Michigan). They may file an Application for Deferment of Summer Taxes, available from the Michigan Department of Treasury or the City Treasurer. Winter tax bills are sent out early December and due in mid-February (again, check for the exact date each year). The Treasurer’s office accepts payments 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday except holidays. There is also a 24-hour secure drop box outside the Pine Street entrance to City Hall in which payments may be made.
Penalties and interest are added onto the tax bills if not paid when due. Taxes are considered delinquent if not paid by the February due date. The delinquent tax roll for real property is returned to the Wayne County Treasurer for collection on March 1, and delinquent real property tax bills can only be paid to the Wayne County Treasurer. Note that after real property taxes go delinquent March 1st, the tax bill information on the City's website is "frozen" and no longer updated. Information regarding amounts due would be on the Wayne County Treasurer's website. If the tax bill goes unpaid for two years the property is subject to foreclosure for taxes, which no one wants to see happen. Unpaid personal property tax bills continue to be collected by the City Treasurer, with interest added the 1st of each month.
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Taxpayers can go to the City’s website and follow the online service links to be able to see their tax bill. If you are paying late, make sure to look online for the current amount due with penalty and/or interest.
However, remember that once a real property tax bill is delinquent, (March 1st) real property taxes must be paid to the Wayne County Treasurer, and the City's tax bill information on the website is "frozen" and no longer updated. Information on delinquent personal property tax bills continues to be updated, and the City Treasurer continues to collect delinquent personal property taxes.
Yes. The City uses a service provider, ACI, to handle online payment of tax bills by credit card, debit card, or electronic check. Follow the link below to make your payment. The City Treasurer will not accept credit card payments for tax bills except through the ACI website. ACI charges a 2.55% fee for credit cards and $1 for electronic checks. You can also call 1-888-272-9829 to pay by credit card. Use jurisdiction code No. 3211.
In November 2021, voters approved a bond for the new high school. The levy amount reported from the school district is 2.35 mills.
The tax date is the December 31st each year preceding the tax bills. Therefore the tax date for the 2021 tax bills was December 31, 2020. This was the date as of which the Assessor established the assessed and taxable values of the property being taxed.
If you are 62 years of age and had an income of less than $40,000 for the prior year, you may apply for a deferment of Summer taxes on your principal residence. An application for deferment filed with the City Treasurer by September 30 defers the due date for the Summer taxes to February 15. You may also be eligible for deferment of your taxes if you meet the income requirement and one of the following conditions: you are totally and permanently disabled, blind, a paraplegic or quadriplegic, veteran, or an eligible widow or widower. Applications for deferment are available at the Treasurer's Office and online.
The window at the Treasurer's Office in City Hall is open between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.