Tax & Treasury Information

Michigan Department of Treasury:
Fraudsters Using Fake Letters in Collections Scam;
Taxpayers with Past-Due Tax Debts Urged to be Alert

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Be alert, if you have questions about anything that you receive that doesn't seem right, please call the office! Do not call phone numbers that you are not familiar with and do not click on links in any unfamiliar emails!  Also remember that State, County and Township officials will never ask you to pay any outstanding invoice with gift cards.

2022 Summer Property Tax is due
Wednesday, September 14, 2022


Click the button below to pay property tax online:

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***Autopay is not available for payment of property tax

The last day for 2021 property tax payments at the Clay Township offices was February 28, 2022.
Delinquent payments must be paid to the St Clair County Treasurer.
Please call the County Treasurer's office if you need a current payoff amount for property tax.

810-989-6915


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Treasurer’s Department Contact Information

Kristi Hiltunen, Treasurer
810-794-9303, x117
treasurer@claytwpmi.gov 

Anita Rzeppa, Deputy Treasurer
810-794-9303, x110
arzeppa@claytwpmi.gov

Diane Baranowski, Office Admin
810-794-9303, x113
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Physical Address:
4710 Pointe Tremble
Clay Township, Michigan 48001
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Office Hours:  Monday – Thursday  8am – 6pm
***Office Closed from 12pm-1pm***

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Do you have a new telephone # or email address?
We are building our database of contact information and we'd like to have your phone number and email address in the event that we need to contact you regarding a payment, address or account question.  Please update your contact information at the township office or by calling the Treasury department at
810-794-9303.

PAYMENT OPTIONS
ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS
Payments made by debit/credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express) or electronic check are accepted for TAXES from July 1st through February 28th, 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 feeThe 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 onlinebilling@claytwpmi.gov .

*Auto-pay is NOT available for payment of property tax.

PHONE PAYMENTS
We now offer the option to make a phone payment using Invoice Cloud!
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.  Payments can be made by cash, check, money order or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover); *additional processing fee applies to all credit 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!

Physical Address:
Clay Township

4710 Pointe Tremble
Clay Township, Michigan 48001


MAIL PAYMENTS

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 business days for delivery   *Postmarks are not accepted as on-time payments.

Mailing Address:
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 $15 with your payment.

PAYMENT PLAN
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.  Summer tax payments are accepted July 1 through February 28.  Winter tax payments are accepted December 1 through February 28. *Interest &/or penalty will be applied to any outstanding balance remaining after the original due date. The township cannot accept payments for real property after February 28.

Deferment Information
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:
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/homestead1_2541_7.pdf

***Approval of the Application for Deferment of Summer Taxes defers the due date without penalty until February 14.  It does not lower or eliminate the tax.


Millage Rates
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


Delinquent Real Property Tax Information
The township collects real property taxes for the current tax year only.  On March 1 real property taxes can no longer be paid at the township.  Real property taxes not paid prior to March 1 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 1, 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 Property Tax Information

Please contact the township office at 810-794-9303, option 5 for payoff amount or status of outstanding personal property taxes.

Assessed Value
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


Frequently Asked Questions-General Property Tax Information:

 

How are property taxes calculated?

When are property tax bills mailed?

When are Summer Property taxes due and what are they for?

When are Winter Property taxes due and what are they for?

Do my summer and winter bills cover specific months?

Why haven't I received my bill? What if I have an escrow account to pay my property tax?