Mecosta County Treasurer


Sherry Earnest

Sherry Earnest
Treasurer

(231) 592-0169
Fax: (231) 592-0174

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The office of the County Treasurer was established by the Michigan State Constitution (Article VII), Section 4. The four-year term of the office is filled by the partisan election. The two main roles of the treasurer are as the custodian of all county funds, and the collector of taxes. Many of the County's departments collect money in the course of their business, which is deposited with the treasurer who is, in a sense, the county's banker.

For name and/or address changes, please contact the county Equalization Department at (231) 592-0108.

 

Summer Collection of State Education Tax 2002 PA 244

The Michigan Legislature passed Senate Bill 1165, now Public Act 244 of 2002 mandating that the State Education Tax ("SET") be levied in July, beginning in 2003.

Tax bills will be sent July 1 and are due without penalty until September 14, after September 14th an interest of 1% will be added per month. These summer taxes are collected by all Township or City Treasurers.

After February 14, townships have the option to add 3% until February 28th. The Winter Tax bill will be issued December 1. This winter tax bill will NOT include any deliquent summer tax.

All deliquent winter and summer tax bills will be forwarded to the county treasurer for collection on March 1st of the year after it was due.

 

Dog Licensing

  1. It is a law in the State of Michigan that if you have a dog, you MUST get that dog licensed.
  2. Licensing dogs makes it easier for owners to be reunited with their stray or hurt dog.
  3. A license shows that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies, which helps in protecting the community.
  4. Dog licenses need to be purchased every year or every 3 years. Late fees will apply 30 days after license expiration.
  5. To be able to purchase a license, you must have proof of rabies vaccination and to receive the unsexed fee, you must have proof of neuterization.
  6. Dog licenses can be purchased from the Mecosta County Treasurer's Office or any in-county Veterinarians office.
  7. Licenses are available at some local townships or city hall December 1st thru the last day of February each year.
  8. Citations can and will be issued if you fail to purchase a license for your dog.

Fees for Purchasing Dog Licenses

One year:

Unsexed - $4.00
- Sexed - $8.00

Three Year

Unsexed - $10.00
Sexed - $20.00

A $5.00 late fee will be applied if license is not renewed within 30 days of expiration.

 

 

On-line Assessment, Property Tax and Delinquent Tax Data

To view information about Credit Card Payments and Assessing, Property Tax & Delinquent Tax Data online, click here

 

Public Act 123 of 1999

Public Act 123 of 1999 shortens the amount of time property owners have to pay their delinquent taxes before losing their property. Property owners with taxes that are 23 months delinquent will be foreclosed and the property will be sold at public auction through the State of Michigan.

Property owners face higher interest and fees for not paying their taxes. Taxes that are more than one year old will have substantially higher interest (1.5% per month as opposed to the current 1%). After one year, taxes will also have a $175.00 forfeiture fee and additional administrative fees added to them.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If I don't pay my taxes, will I really lose my house and property?

YES. Property owners who had delinquent taxes under the old law could lose their property, but they had more time to pay and more "second chances". Under the new law, if your taxes are delinquent for approximately 23 months, that's it. You've lost the property!!!

What is a delinquent tax?

A delinquent tax is a tax that has been forwarded to the county treasurer for collection on March 1st, of the year, after it was due. For example, taxes that are billed by your city or township treasurer in 2002 will be turned in to the county treasurer delinquent on March 1, 2003.

What happens after the property is forwarded to the county treasurer for collection?

The county treasurer adds a 4% administration fee and interest of 1% per month. After one year of delinquency, the property is forfeited to the State of Michigan. For example, the 2001 taxes that are still unpaid as of March 1st, 2003 will be in forfeiture.

What does it mean for my property to be in forfeiture? Does that mean I lose my property?

No. Forfeiture is not foreclosure. If your property is in forfeiture you still have a year before it will be foreclosed. However, the interest and fees will be higher. When a property is forfeited, the interest rate goes from 1% per month to 1.5% per month, back to the date the taxes became delinquent. A $240 state fee (subject to change) will also be added.