Tax & Treasury Information
Beginning December 8, 2020, the Algonac branch of Northstar Bank will begin accepting current (2020) season tax payments on behalf of Clay Township. Property owners must provide 2020 tax statement and contact telephone number to pay property tax at Northstar Bank. If you have questions about this service, please contact the township office, 810-794-9303, option 9
2020 Winter Property Tax bills were mailed at the end of November, payable beginning Dec. 1, 2020 with a due date of February 14, 2021 (reverts to 2/16/21)
Autopay is not available for payment of property tax
2020 Summer Property Tax bills were mailed at the end of June, payable beginning July 1, 2020 with a due date of September 14, 2020
Treasurer’s Department Contact Information
Kristi Hiltunen, Treasurer
Anita Rzeppa, Deputy Treasurer
Diane Baranowski, Office Admin
4710 Pointe Tremble
Clay Township, Michigan 48001
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8am – 6pm
***Office Closed from 12pm-1pm***
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State of Michigan complete list of millage rates by year (St. Clair County, Clay Township): https://www.michigan.gov/taxes/0,4676,7-238-43535-155001--,00.html
General Property Tax Information
Property taxes are based on the taxable value of a property multiplied by the millage rates set by the various taxing units.
On July 1, the SUMMER TAX BILL is mailed and becomes a lien on the property, due and payable, without interest, until September 14, by 6pm (if weekend or holiday, then the next business day). Beginning September 15th, 1% interest per month or fraction of a month is added to the taxes after the due date.
September 15-30, 1%
October 1-31, +1%
November 1-30, +1%
December 1-31, +1%
January 1-31, +1%
February 1-28, +1%
On February 15, 3% penalty is also added to all unpaid bills.
The summer tax bill collects the tax levies for St Clair County Operating, State Education Tax, St Clair County RESA and Algonac Community School District.
On December 1, the WINTER TAX BILL is mailed and becomes a lien on the property, due and payable without penalty until February 14, by 6pm (if weekend or holiday, then the next business day). A 3% penalty is added to the taxes after the due date. The winter tax bill collects the tax levies for Seniors, Library, Parks, Drugs, College, Veterans, County Roads, Clay Township Operating, Clay Township Police Operating and Clay Township Fire Operating. Where applicable, separate assessments such as refuse/garbage, drain assessments, private road assessments, canal (weed) assessments, delinquent water/sewer usage bills, blight assessments and delinquent special assessments will be included.
The SUMMER and WINTER bills do not cover specific months, but rather collect different taxes due for the entire year.
The owner of record will receive a tax bill UNLESS a mortgage company has requested the tax bill, due to a tax escrow account.
If property taxes are ESCROWED, the mortgage company must request a copy of the tax bill for each tax season. If the mortgage company has requested a copy, a mortgage code will appear on the top half of the bill and on the left side of the bill, just below the perforation. If a copy has not been requested, the mortgage code field will be blank. If the mortgage code field is blank and taxes are escrowed, the property owner should contact their mortgage company immediately.
Payments made by debit/credit card (VIsa, Mastercard and Discover) or electronic check are accepted for TAXES from July 1st through March 1st, in the township office and online at the following link, ONLINE TAX PAYMENT. Credit card payments are processed by a third-party payment processing company, Invoice Cloud. Invoice Cloud offers this service for a fee. The fee to make a payment using a debit/credit card is 2.75% of the payment amount, minimum $1.95. The fee to make an e-check payment using your checking account is $0.95. If you have any questions regarding your processed payment, please call the Treasury Department at 810-794-9303 or send an email to email@example.com .
Auto-pay is NOT available for payment of property tax.
We now offer the option to make a phone payment! 1-855-329-4997 *processing fee applies.
IN PERSON PAYMENTS
Payments can be made in person at the township office. The office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, the office is closed from 12pm-1pm for lunch. Payments can be made by cash, check, money order or credit/debit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover); *additional processing fee applies to all credit/debit card payments. Payments can also be made after regular office hours by utilizing the 24 hour drop box located at the front entrance of the parking lot at the township building. Accessible from your vehicle!
4710 Pointe Tremble
Clay Township, Michigan 48001
Payments can be mailed to the township office. *Postdated checks are not accepted and will be returned to you. Your cancelled check can act as a receipt. If an additional receipt is required, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment. ***Due to issues with mail service, it is recommended that you allow a minimum of 10 days for delivery *Postmarks are not accepted as on-time payments.
Clay Township Treasurer
PO Box 429
Algonac, MI 48001
***Returned checks will be assessed a $15 return check fee. If a check is returned after the tax due date, the amount owing is subject to interest/penalty and future payments will be applied to outstanding fees prior to crediting your tax bill.
***If paying with a check drawn from a Canadian bank, please include an additional $10 with your payment.
The township does not offer a payment plan for taxes. However, we will accept as many partial payments as necessary for the payment of your taxes. 2020 Summer tax payments are accepted July 1 through March 1, 2021. Winter tax payments are accepted December 1 through March 1, 2021. *Interest &/or penalty will be applied to any outstanding balance remaining after the original due date. The township cannot accept payments for 2020 real property after March 1st.
The Michigan General Property Tax Act allows certain citizens to DEFER their summer property taxes. To qualify for the deferment, a township resident must have a household income below $40,000 and meet one or more of the following conditions:
- Is a totally and permanently disabled person, blind person, paraplegic, quadriplegic, eligible serviceperson, eligible veteran, or eligible widow or widower.
- Is 62 years of age or older, including the un-remarried surviving spouse of a person who was 62 years of age or older at the time of death.
Township residents who qualify and wish to defer their summer property taxes can obtain an application at the township office or from the following link:
***Approval of the Application for Deferment of Summer Taxes only defers the due date without penalty until February 14. It does not lower or eliminate the tax.
Delinquent Real Property Tax Information
The township collects real property taxes for the current tax year only. On March 2, 2021, real property taxes can no longer be paid at the township. Real property taxes not paid prior to March 2 will be surrendered as DELINQUENT to the St Clair County Treasurer’s Office for continued collection. Interest and administration fees will be incurred. *US postmarks will not be accepted as on-time payments.
Beginning March 2, 2021, payments must be made to the St Clair County Treasurer and can be directed to the following address:
St Clair County Treasurer
200 Grand River, Suite 101
Port Huron, MI 48060
It is recommended that you call St Clair County Treasurer’s office prior to mailing your payment for delinquent property taxes, the treasurers office can be reached by phone at 810-989-6915 or online at http://stclaircounty.org/offices/treasurer
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 two years delinquent will be foreclosed and the property will be sold at public auction within the third year. For example, people who fail to pay their 2015 property taxes will lose their property to foreclosure in March 2018. https://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/1999-2000/publicact/pdf/1999-PA-0123.pdf
Delinquent Personal PropertyTax Information
Please contact the township office at 810-794-9303, option 5 for payoff amount or status of outstanding personal property taxes.
If you are looking for information to determine Assessed Value for property, Homestead Exemption and Property Transfer Affidavits, ownership and address changes, parcel splits, or personal property taxes for business owners please visit the Assessing Department page, www.claytownship.org/departments/assessing