Frequently Asked Questions
There are multiple options available for you to use when paying your property taxes. Some have fees attached, due to bank charges that cannot be absorbed by the Township. Here is a brief description of each payment option.
Yes. Garfield Township is able to provide our taxpayers with the ability to pay taxes with a credit card or debit card. Cards accepted are VISA, MasterCard, Discover Card or American Express. There is a 3% convenience fee charged for this service. Pay online now by clicking here.
Yes. Click on the green button that says "Click Here for Property Info". You may need to create a user name and password that will identify you as the owner of the property. One parcel # can be assigned free look ups with each user id. If you want to look at more than one parcel #, there is a $2 per parcel look up fee.
If you are in need of financial assistance, there are some things that we can check to see if you might qualify for some help:
2015 Millage Rates
100% Homestead: summer = 18.7755 (winter rate 8.8747)
Non-Homestead: summer = 36.7755 (winter rate 8.8747)
2014 Millage Rates:
100% Homestead = summer - 18.8155 (winter - 9.7512)
Non-Homestead = summer - 36.8155 (winter - 9.7512)
2013 Annual Millage Rates:
100% Homestead = 28.4715 (summer = 18.8205 & winter = 9.6510)
Non-Homestead = 46.4715 (summer = 36.8205 & winter = 9.6510)
2012 Annual Millage Rates:
100% Homestead = 27.4657 (summer = 18.8305 & winter = 8.6352)
Non-Homestead = 45.4657 (summer = 36.8305 & winter = 8.6352)
2011 Annual Millage Rates:
100% Homestead = 27.4633 (summer = 18.8305 & winter = 8.6328)
Non-Homestead = 45.4633 (summer = 36.8305 & winter = 8.6328)
2010 Annual Millage Rates:
100% Homestead = 27.724 mills (summer = 18.7955 & winter = 8.9285)
Non-Homestead = 45.724 mills (summer = 36.7955 & winter = 8.9285)
Taxes are based upon Taxable Value. 1 mill equals $1. per $1,000. of taxable value.
All taxes billed are for the period of January 1 through December 31. 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 its portion of tax dollars on the winter tax bill, but are not listed on the summer tax bill.
It is the right of every property owner to appeal the assessed value of your property. There is one time each year during the March Board of Review in which you can make your appeal, either in person or by letter. Click here for helpful info on how to make your appeal.
There are two types of personal property taxes.
Here is a helpful brochure for business owners about personal property taxes. Operating a business in Garfield Township Brochure
Here is a helpful flyer for mobile home owners regarding personal property taxes. Personal property taxes for mobile home owners flyer
For the purpose of personal property taxes, "tax day" is December 31st of each year. If your business is operational on this day, then you will be assessed personal property taxes for the whole next year. As a business owner, if you are planning to go out of business, it is best to do so before Dec. 31st.
If your commercial business qualifies and has assets with a true cash value under $80,000, you may possibly qualify for an exemption. You must contact our Assessing Department to determine your eligibility and complete the necessary paperwork.
Yes. If your business will be closing or relocating outside of Garfield Township, you must notify the township so that we can record a closing or moving date for your business. This will allow us to remove your business from future tax rolls.