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Traverse City, MI  49684
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Welcome to the Charter Township of Garfield!

Appraiser Position

The Charter Township of Garfield (Grand Traverse County) located adjacent to the City of Traverse City, is accepting applications for the position of Appraiser. At a minimum, applicants must possess and maintain State certification as a Michigan Certified Assessing Officer and a Michigan Driver's License. Preference given to self-motivated individuals who possess strong work ethics, have experience in residential and personal property assessing, and are willing to learn and take on new responsibilities. Salary DOQ.

Garfield Township is made up of 5657 Residential, 1044 Commercial, 75 Industrial and 199 Exempt real property parcels, and 1567 Personal property accounts. The 2021 Ad Valorem SEV is $1,298,241,400.

To find out more about this position, click on the Job Description.  Please submit your resume with a completed application to the attention of Karen Leaver, Administrative Assistant, 3848 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684, or by email to kleaver@garfield-twp.com.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. EOE

 * * * ROAD CLOSURE * * *

 Garfield Township Culvert Replacement near Miller Creek Road requires a road closure on Cass Road. Please follow the detour signs that will reroute traffic along Keystone to travel north or south. 

 Weather permitting, work will begin Thursday, June 3, 2021 starting at 8:00 AM and continue through July 20, 2021. 

 This is being done as part of the Cass Road Storm Water Improvement Project to improve the management of storm water for the area.  Motorists will expect delays due to road closure and should plan accordingly. Traffic will be directed by detour signs.

 Traffic fines are doubled in work areas.  The Grand Traverse County Sheriff Office and the Michigan State Police have teamed up to provide patrol cars assigned to enforce traffic laws in work zones.  Motorists are asked to slow down and give our road workers a brake!

Our Mission

As neighbors, we work together to create a community where our residents and businesses thrive, our natural resources are protected and enjoyed, our visitors are welcomed and appreciated, and our high quality of life is promoted. 


 Michigan taxpayers with past-due tax debts should be aware of an aggressive scam that's making the rounds through the U.S. Postal Service, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury).

 Taxpayers receive what appears to be a government-looking letter about an overdue tax bill, asking individuals to contact a toll-free number to resolve a state tax debt.  The correspondence appears credible because it uses specific personal facts about their real outstanding debt that's pulled from publicly available information.

 Taxpayers who receive a letter from a scammer or have questions about their state debts should call Treasury Collections Service Center at 517-636-5265. A customer service representative can log the scam, verify outstanding state debts and provide flexible payment options.

 To learn more about Michigan's taxes and the collections process, go to www.michigan.gov/taxes or follow the state Treasury Department on Twitter at @MITreasury.


 With the passage of of Proposal 3 in November 2018, all registered voters are eligible to receive an Absentee Ballot.  Contact the Clerk's office for an application.

 Absentee Ballot Application (click here for information on obtaining an Absentee Voter Ballot)


Garfield Township regularly seeks area residents interested in serving on boards and commissions.  Currently, applicants are being sought for the following boards and commissions:

Zoning Board of Appeals - (2) alternate member positions

The ZBA meets as needed on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm.  The ZBA deals with matters relating to the zoning ordinance. 


If you are interested in applying for an open position, or are interested in serving on another Board or Commission, download our Board Appointment Policy and Application and send a completed copy to Garfield Township, Attention: Supervisor, Chuck Korn, at 3848 Veterans Drive, Traverse City MI 49684, or email to ckorn@garfield-twp.com.


Have a great day! 



3848 Veterans Drive | Traverse City, MI 49684 | 231-941-1620 | fax: 231-941-1588