Important Dates & Information Relating to Property Taxes
Summer Tax bills are mailed. If you do not receive a summer tax bill within the first week of July, please call.
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.
Winter Tax bills are mailed. If you do not receive a winter tax bill within the first week of December, please call.
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.
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.)
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.
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: All searches for records are free, detailed information is available on one parcel for FREE - (presumably to the property owner), if you wish to look up more properties and recieved detailed information, there is a per parcel fee. The fee is $2.00 per parcel to view detailed record information.
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.
Millage Rates - 2000 thru 2018
Posted below is a chart that will show you how the millage rates have changed over the past 18 years. While it is worth noting that from 2008 - 2013 the millage rate did not change, the years of 2014, 2015 & 2016 all saw the overall millage rate INCREASE. With the exception of the Reeths Puffer Debt millage - the other increases in 2014 and 2016 have been the result of ballot proposals being approved by voters.
For 2018 - there was an overall DECREASE of 1.08892 mills this year. LIsted below are all the changes that resulted in the net increase:
- Laketon Twp operating millage went down .00292
- Laketon Twp public safety millage went down .43600
- Reeths Puffer Schools debt millage went down .6500
The chart below 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.
Laketon Township Millage Tracking 2000 - 2018
If you'd like to compare Laketon Township to other jurisdictions/school districts, below is a link to the County of Muskegon Treasurer's website containing all kinds of tax information, including millage rates for all municipalities/school districts located in Muskegon County.
Muskegon County Treasurer