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Collects real and personal property taxes

• Keeps an account of township receipts (revenues) and expenditures
• Disburses township checks
• Deposits township revenues in approved depositories
• Invests township funds in approved investment vehicles
• Collects delinquent personal property tax
• Responsible for jeopardy assessments in collecting delinquent personal property tax
• Collects mobile home specific tax
• Must appoint a deputy
• Must post a surety bond


General Tax Information: Summer property tax bills are mailed on July 1st and payable through September 14th without penalty. Winter property tax bills are mailed on December 1st and payable through February 14th without penalty. Please make check payable to Escanaba Township and mail to Treasurer Linda Trombley – Robitaille at 8579 County 416 J Road, Cornell, MI 49818. Linda also collects at the Township Hall (4618 County 416 20th Rd) on Wednesdays from July through February 14th from 9:00A.M. to 4:00P.M.

Summer Tax Deferment Form

Tax Deferments are available if your income is less than $35,000 a year and you meet any of the following:

– 62 or older
– Paraplegic, quadriplegic
– Eligible service person, eligible veteran, eligible widow or widower
– Blind
– Totally or permanently disabled
– If your property is classified or used for agriculture and your gross receipts for the agricultural or horticultural operations in the previous year is more than your household income for the proceeding calendar year.
– We can only accept checks cash on money orders for tax payments. We cannot accept credit or debit card payments.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I calculate my property taxes?

Property taxes calculation is a straightforward multiplication problem. The formula is: Taxable Value X millage rate = tax

Assume the taxable value for your property is $75,000 and the annual millage vote is 28.3 mills (principle resident millage for 2010). Your tax amount due would be $2,144 ($75,000 X .0283 =2123 plus 1% administration fee).

This is intended to be a sample demonstration of how property taxes are calculated.

How will it affect my taxes if I build on addition?

Lets establish some assumption: the property has a current taxable value of $75,000
The consumer price index is to be 2.3%
The true cash value of the addition will be $50,000
Annual millage rate is 28.3 mills
Construction will be complete by tax day (Dec. 31)

For the following assessment year, the calculation is:
(75,000 – 0) x 1.023 + 25,000 (half construction cost) = $101,725 (new taxable value)
101,725 x .0283 = $2879 annual taxes

Had there been no new construction, the taxable value would have simply increased by the lesser of the C.P.I or 5% (2.3% in our example)
$75,000 x 1.023 = $76,725 (taxable value)
76,725 x .0283 = $2172 (annual taxes)

So due to new construction the additional annual tax liability would be $707. Note: a quicker, more simplistic calculation: $25,000 (1/2 of the construction cost) x millage (28.3) = $707

What are the tax ramifications in purchasing a new home?

If you purchase a home in 2012, the home taxable value will be “uncapped” for 2013, (please see the Proposed A Section for clarification). To demonstrate lets use the following example:
Property X has a 2009 State Equalized Value of 150,000 and a taxable value of 100,000.
The previous owner had an annual tax liability of $2,830 (assuming Homeowners Principle Residence Status). The purchasers 2010 annual tax liability will be $4,245 (assuming Homeowners Principle Residence Status)

What is the best time of the year to purchase property?

Since Michigan Property Tax Law mandates uncapping the taxable value the year after a sale, consider this: If purchasing early in the year the purchaser has the advantage of a “capped” taxable value for the summer and winter tax bills. If a person purchase property on December 31st they would be subject to the uncapped taxable value for the next bill. Therefore the greater benefit befalls those purchasing earlier in the year.

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