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Treasurer - Jeane Blood Law, MiCPT Deputy Treasurer - Chloe Macomber, MiCPT
(231) 225-3043 (231) 225-3168
A message from the Treasurer
The treasurer collects taxes for the various taxing authorities in Grand Traverse County, and distributes them throughout the year. Along with collection of taxes and many other receivables, the treasurer is also responsible for the appropriate accounting, investing, and financial record keeping of these documented transactions. The Treasurer's department is the custodian of over $65.0 million in Township assets and receives $47.7 million in revenue each year, which the majority of is disbursed back to the local taxing authorities. The balance Garfield Township keeps is used for the expenses of running the Township, and is allocated as the Township Board directs.
We are currently in the winter tax season and are accepting payments for 2020 winter taxes and special assessments. All prior year delinquent real property tax payments must be paid to the County Treasurer at this point in time.
Dates to Remember
*If a due date falls on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or a holiday we honor payments without adding interest or penalty if received the next business day the Township is open.
If you have not received a tax or special assessment bill, please contact us and we will verify your mailing address and either re-send, email, or fax you a copy of the bill.
We do not send receipts for payments unless you send us a self-address stamped envelope or enclose a note requesting that a receipt be mailed to you.
Monday - Thursday
7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Closed Federal Holidays
*You may also send in your payment by mail to the township, or leave them in our secure gray night drop box 24 hours a day, located by the front door of The Township hall.
Options for Paying Your Taxes
No Fee Options
Other Payment Options (fees go to our third party processor)
The Treasurer's Office accepts postmarks for summer and winter tax due dates (Sept. and Feb.) only.
If due date falls on a day our office is closed, we will accept payments postmarked the next business day we are open.
A postmark is an official mark from the US Postal Service on the envelope or parcel.
If payment is received after the tax due date with a late or missing postmark, the payment will be considered late. Interest and penalties will be applied to bill. Without a post mark, we will consider it received the date it physically comes to our office.
One of the Treasurer's main responsibilities is to collect taxes and disburse them to the various taxing authorities with in Grand Traverse County and to the State of Michigan. We bill taxes two times a year, in the summer and in the winter. Only approximately 4.38% of the total taxes remain with the township the rest is distributed to the taxing authorities.
Garfield Township also collects special assessment payments, which are set up for specific projects that have been requested by property owners and approved by the township board. These may include water, sewer and drain projects, road repair, subdivision street lights, and in our township we have a special for the treatment of Eurasian Water Milfoil (an invasive water species) on Silver Lake. Every winter we collect delinquent sewer, water, lights and hook- up fees on behalf of the county and city. These delinquencies are added to the township resident’s tax bills.
Other responsibilities of the treasurer are to make daily bank deposits, reconcile monthly bank statements, control petty cash and other funds, authorize disbursement and fund replacement, balance all accounts, invest funds and maintain proper cash flow for the Township. They also evaluate fiscal policies and process in managing investments, deposits and expenditures and maintain other financial records and provide quarterly financial reports to the board. As a finance committee member, the treasurer gives recommendations to the board on financial decisions.
In Conjunction with the Supervisor, Clerk, and Board of Trustees the treasurer prepares, reviews, and approves an annual budget for The Township. They monitor fund/account balances and assure adherence to budget appropriations.
It is of high importance that they establish and maintain internal control safeguards by following current Michigan laws, accounting procedures and assist in annual audits, required by the state. The treasurer prepares and submits several other documents required by the state or other regulatory agencies, including the reporting of IFTs, Pilots, Revenue sharing and SET, in connection with the tax process.
As a member of The Board, the treasurer is involved with many other functions such as attending Garfield Township board meetings and other various township related boards, and functions within our community. I review, vote and assist in the development of policies, procedures, initiatives and decisions for the Township.
2020 Millage Rate
100% Homestead: Summer = 18.4126 & Winter = 8.7150
Non-Homestead: Summer = 36.4126 & Winter = 8.7150
2019 Millage Rate
100% Homestead: Summer = 18.7552 & Winter = 8.9475
Non-Homestead: Summer = 36.7552 & Winter = 8.9475
2018 Millage Rate
100% Homestead: Summer = 18.7991 & Winter = 8.9144
Non-Homestead: Summer = 36.7991 & Winter = 8.9144
For 2019 the CPI is 2.4%.
Prior year CPIs:
2018 = 2.1%
2017 = 0.9%
2016 = 0.3%
2015 = 1.6%
2014 = 1.6%
All taxes billed are for the calendar year period of January 1st through December 31st. The taxes are collected in two portions (summer and winter) to make it easier on the taxpayer. Different taxing authorities collect at different times. For instance, the Traverse City Area Public Schools collect their portion of tax dollars on the summer tax bill, but are not listed on the winter tax bill. The Fire Department collects their portion of tax dollars on the winter tax bill, but are not listed on the summer tax bill.
In 2013, the State of Michigan passed legislation called PA 153 regarding personal property. It states that businesses may be entitled to an exemption from taxation if they have eligible personal property that is worth less than $80,000 (True Cash Value). The property must be commercial, or industrial, personal property. And, it must include ALL assessable personal property within Garfield Township that is owned by, leased to, or in the possession of the owner or a related entity, as well as trade fixtures and some leasehold improvements.
This exemption is NOT automatic. Business owners are required to file an Affidavit with the Township Assessor by February 10th each year to claim the exemption.
If you have questions about your business personal property taxes, view this helpful brochure:
A Business Owner's Guide to Personal Property Tax (opens as a pdf file)
State Info on Business Personal Property Taxes (opens as a pdf)
If you have further questions about the exemption please contact our assessing department.
Also, check out our FAQs for more information for business owners.