Department Contact:Monday - Friday 8:00-5:00
301 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
(County Building: Main Floor)
Betty J Simon, Charlevoix County Treasurer
Amy LaBute, Chief Deputy Treasurer
Keith Lehman, Deputy Treasurer
Rachael Reynolds, Deputy Treasurer
Mill rates are available on Equalization's website. Click on Equalization (left) then click "documents center" (under "documents & Information"), then click "Equalization" and last, click "Mill Rates"
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: certifying 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.
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 the current year will be paid to their local treasurer until February 28. 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 with 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:
Or you can call our office and we can process an ACH payment over the phone.
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 1st
Unpaid real taxes are turned over delinquent to the Charlevoix County Treasurer; 4% admin fee and 1% interest added per month.
By June 1st
Taxpayer is notified of delinquency via 1st class mail
By September 1st
Taxpayer receives 2nd notice of delinquency via 1st class mail
On October 1st
Additional $15.00 fee added to each delinquent parcel (certified mailing)
On November 1st
List is compiled of properties subject to forfeiture on March 1st
By February 1st
Taxpayer (and other specified parties) receives 3rd notice of delinquency via certified mail
On March 1st
$175.00 fee is added to parcel plus a forfeiture & redemption certificate recording fee. Property is forfeited to the Charlevoix County Treasurer. Interest rate on unpaid balance increases to 1.5% per month retroactive to March 1st
Between May and January
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 2nd and March 31st
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 31st 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 after Foreclosure Judgment
Title to property is forfeited permanently to the Charlevoix County Treasurer.
July 1: Deadline for former parties of interest to submit a claim to an equity in tax sale proceeds. You may be eligible to file a claim for excess money (if any). You must submit a "notice of intention form" to the Charlevoix County Treasurer NO LATER THAN JULY 1st.
Information regarding legal assistance from the State Bar of Michigan's Legal Resource and Referral Center at https://lrs.michbar.org or 800-968-0738.
"Right of first refusal" to purchase property given to local government.
Between July and October
Foreclosed property offered for purchase at 2 public auctions to the highest bidder.
FGU sends claimants notice of amount property was sold for.
Claimant has between Feb 1 - May 15 to file a motion with the circuit court to claim any portion of the remaining proceeds to which the claimant may be entitled.
Visit www.tax-sale.info/ for Auction information and parcels available.