Charlevoix County Treasurer

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Monday - Friday 8:00-5:00

231-547-7202
Location:
301 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720

(County Building:  Main Floor)

Staff:
Marilyn Cousineau, Charlevoix County Treasurer
(cousineaum@charlevoixcounty.org) 
Betty Simon, Chief Deputy Treasurer
(simonb@charlevoixcounty.org)
Elaine Scharenbroch, Deputy Treasurer
(scharenbroche@charlevoixcounty.org)
Jane Balyo, Deputy Treasurer
(zeitlerj@charlevoixcounty.org)

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What We Do:
The duties and responsibilities of the County Treasurer are provided by state law, Board of Commissioners' resolutions and our community. The principal functions of the County Treasurer's office are to receive, maintain custody of and disburse all County monies. The Treasurer maintains records of receipts and disbursements of monies from all County departments and collects and disburses to all County governmental units. The Treasurer also manages the investments of the County, delinquent property taxes(see tax cycle) and the dog license program. Other responsibilities include: certifiying tax searches, deeds, plats and other instruments of title.

The Treasurer is a member of the Elections Commission, The County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority & Chairperson of the Charlevoix County Land Bank Authority. Land Bank Properties for Sale: 004-656-010-50, 009-600-027-00 (wet lands), 051-101-001-00, 051-104-021-00 & 051-104-025-00. For detailed information Please contact Marilyn Cousineau. 231-547-7202.

For microchip implantation and registration for dogs contact your local vet. For additional information visit:  www.michigan.gov/mda 

Plat Books are available in our office for $30 (non-refundable), or can be mailed for an additional $5.75

HOW AND WHERE CAN I PAY MY TAXES?

It depends if the taxes you want to pay are current taxes or delinquent taxes (delinquent is not the same as simply "past due" the statement date) . Current taxes are paid to local treasurers ONLY; for example, summer & winter taxes for 2016 will be paid to their local treasurer until February 28, 2017. The local treasurers cannot accept payments after February 28th.  On March 1st these previous year taxes are turned over to the County Treasurer as delinquent, and you will have to contact our office for the correct amount. We do get updated information from the local treasurers during the collection period, so we can provide taxpayers w/ the amount due to their local treasurers. Since most of our local treasurers are only part-time it is often easier to contact us than the local treasurer to get the amount due. Current taxes are only payable to the local treasurer, and delinquent taxes are only payable to the County 

If you wish to pay your delinquent taxes to the county, please click on the link below:
https://www.securedpaymentgateway.com/States/MI/Charlevoix/ 

2016-2019 Tax Cycle/ Foreclosure Timeline

 Important Information for Property Owners with Delinquent Taxes. On July 22, 1999, the Governor of Michigan signed Public Act 123 of 1999, which shortens the time property owners have to pay their delinquent taxes before losing their property under the process called tax reversion. Property owners with taxes that are 2 years delinquent will go through a foreclosure process and the property will be sold at public auction. The time period to pay delinquent taxes has been reduced from 5 years to approximately 2 and 1/2 years. These are significant changes, so DON’T WAIT TO PAY YOUR TAX!

 On March 1, 2017 
2016 taxes are turned over delinquent to the Charlevoix County Treasurer

 By June 1, 2017
Taxpayer is notified of delinquency via 1st class mail

By September 1, 2017
Taxpayer receives 2nd notice of delinquency via 1st class mail

 On October 1, 2017
Additional $15.00 fee added to each delinquent parcel (certified mailing)

 On November 1, 2017
List is compiled of properties subject to forfeiture on March 1, 2018

 By February 1, 2018
Taxpayer (and other specified parties) receives 3rd notice of delinquency via certified mail

 On March 1, 2018
$175.00 fee is added to parcel plus a forfeiture fee & redemption certificate fee. Property is forfeited to the Charlevoix County Treasurer. Interest rate on unpaid balance increases to 1.5% per month retroactive to March 1, 2017

 Between March 1, 2018 and January 2019
1. Title searches conducted to identify parties with legal interest in the property
2. Petition seeking foreclosure of forfeited property filed with Circuit Court
3. Personal visit to forfeited property with personal service or posting of notice
4. Publication by newspaper 
5. Administrative Show Cause Hearing held
6. 4th and 5th and 6th notice of delinquency and imminent foreclosure made via certified mail

 Between January 1, 2019 and March 31, 2019
Circuit Court hearing for foreclosure judgment will be held during this time period. Property owner (or certain other parties with a legal interest in the property) has until March 31, 2019 to redeem the property by paying all taxes, interest, penalties, and fees on uncontested cases

DO NOT WAIT TO PAY YOUR TAX!!!

 On April 1st 2019 after Foreclosure Judgment
Title to property is forfeited permanently to the Charlevoix County Treasurer

 Between July 2019 and October 2019
Foreclosed property offered for purchase at 2 public auctions to the highest bidder.

 Visit www.tax-sale.info/ for Auction information and parcels available.