Treasurer’s Page

Township Treasurer: John C. Calhoun

(517) 592-2000 x. 240

jcalhoun@twp.columbia.mi.us

 

Deputy Treasurer: Stephanie Willhite

(517) 592-2000 x. 241

 swillhite@twp.columbia.mi.us   

Columbia Township has successfully implemented Point and Pay as our new service provider for all credit card payments. We have been extremely pleased with the interface to our BS&A Software programs which enables the resident to quickly and seamlessly make credit card payments on-line. The Summer tax cycle showed an increase in credit card usage, so all improvements to the on-line payment process is welcomed by all users

What the Property Tax Administration Fee Covers

Under Michigan property tax law, Columbia Township, at its discretion and through Board approval, is able to assess a 1% fee on all tax bills collected. To clarify how the 1% fee is used, Michigan Compiled Laws (section 211.44) allows the fee to be used for the expense of preparing and mailing the tax statement, the treasurers bond premium cost and the balance is used to offset costs incurred by our township assessing unit. In Columbia Township, this represents approximately $111,000 of our Assessing department’s annual budget of over $134,000.  For tax year 2014, Columbia Township was able to reduce this administration fee, down to .5% and has been able to keep that reduced rate for the tax years, 2015 - 2017. 

 

Summer 2017 Tax Payments

The Summer 201 taxes were mailed to residents the last week of June.  Summer tax bills were due on September 14, 2017, without any.  Any unpaid 2017 Summer tax bills will continue to accrue interest at 1% per month until paid.  If they are not paid by February 14, 2018, a 3 % penalty will also be included.  Summer 2017 taxes will roll over to Jackson County on March 1, 2018, and will no longer be accepted at the Columbia Township Offices.  

 

Winter 2017 Tax Payments

The Winter 2017 taxes will be mailed out to residents the last week of November, 2017.  Winter taxes are due, without interest or penalty, on February 14, 2018.  a 1% interest and 3% penalty charge will apply after this date.  Winter 2017 taxes will be rolled to Jackson County on March 1, 2018, and will no longer be accepted at the Columbia Township Offices.

Tax Payment Options

 We have a variety of payment options available for your convenience.

  • We accept payment here at our office.
  • Mailed tax payments are accepted but if you require a receipt, please send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope so we can mail your receipt back to you.
  • You can also pay your tax bill with a credit credit by phone, internet or here at the office.  There is a 3% convenience fee charged by the processing company if you choose to use a credit card OR debit card.
  • Electronic checks are also accepted ONLINE only.  There is a $3.00 fee for processing an electronic check request.
  • We have a lock box if you need to leave a payment once we have closed.
  • We offer ACH payments with multiple dates that you can choose from for processing.
  • Payments can also be made at the Old National Bank located in Brooklyn.

If you have any questions about how to pay your tax bill, please feel free to give our office a call.