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The City of Fenton has to close the tax books on the last day of February. Genesee County buys the outstanding real property tax from us as of the last day of February. All real property tax inquiries after March 1 should be made to Genesee County at 810-257-3054. We have no record of what is paid once the taxes are sent to Genesee County. Personal property is maintained at the City level. Please call our office for updated tax with penalties and interest amount at 810-629-2261.
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Our offices are open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. If you are unable to come in person during these hours, there is a drop box located in the Police Station lobby which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Real property is property which is attached, such as land and buildings. Real taxes are assessed on either commercial/industrial or residential property.
Personal property is furniture and fixtures used in a business.
Yes. You may pay in the office or through our third-party processor, Invoice Cloud. Using a credit card requires a fee, which is NOT collected by the city, but by the processor.
Tax bills are mailed around or on July 1st and December 1st of every year. If the day falls on a weekend, they are mailed on the Monday following the first. If you have not received your bill by July 15th or December 15th, do not hesitate to call the Treasurer's office. We will gladly reprint one and mail you the copy. However, you are still responsible for paying your taxes by the due date even if you haven't received your bill.
Summer taxes can only be deferred under these circumstances:
Until September 15th, summer taxes can be deferred for payment until the last day of February the following year for Principle Residence homeowners who meet the following qualifications:
Age 62 or olderorParaplegic or Quadriplegic or BlindorTotally or Permanently Disabled (bring 1040A - schedule 2 or 1040 - schedule R)orEligible Serviceperson/Veteran (and surviving spouse)andHousehold Income (including Social Security/Pension, etc.) does not exceed $35,000.
To obtain a deferment, please bring the following documents to the Treasury Department:
Download Michigan Summer Deferment Form (PDF)
To defer winter property taxes, the taxpayer must meet the following criteria:
If all the above criteria are met, Genesee County will waive interest and penalties until April 30. Taxes must be paid in full. If you have any questions, please contact the Genesee County Treasurer's Office at 810-257-3556.
The credits available do not originate from the City. The State of Michigan has a homestead property tax credit that can be calculated annually as part of the income tax filing. In addition, a separate calculation is available for senior citizens for their principal residence taxes. More information on these credits can be obtained from the website www.treas.state.mi.us or by calling 800-482-7000. Information regarding principal residence exemptions and poverty exemptions are available from the City Assessor's department at 810-629-2261.
First, make sure it is your tax bill by checking the permanent parcel number and legal description. If it is your bill, most likely there has been a recent ownership change and the taxpayer information has not been updated. If this is the case, you may pay on the bill you received. Please note, it is the taxpayer's responsibility to pay by the due date.
No. The Treasurer cannot waive penalties and interest. The State holds that the taxpayer is responsible to know what taxes are and to pay them on time.
No, the City does not report anything concerning your payment habits to the Credit Bureaus.
You may make a partial payment by paying the line items from the taxing jurisdictions on your tax bill up until the due date without penalty.
The penalty is 4% if paid before the last day of February. After March 1st, the taxes are the responsibility of Genesee County for collection and will need to be paid at the Genesee County Administration building. Be sure to call the Genesee County Treasurer at 810-257-3054 for updated penalties and interest and payment options.
No. The bill received is due and payable by the due date and in the amount on the bill.
If the change to your account by the Board of Review is necessary, it will be processed by the Treasurer's office within 30 days of receipt of the final report of the adjustment from the Board. Until we receive a valid change to an account, the original bill remains as stated. Our office cannot adjust any accounts prior to receiving authorization from the Board of Review.
If the change requires a refund due to the overpayment of tax, it will generally be processed within 30 days of the adjustment to your account. Please note that in the case of a Principle Residence exemption adjustment, we are required to issue the refund to the taxpayer qualifying for the exemption, not to the one who may have paid the tax.
The first thing you should do is talk to the Assessor about the valuation on your property. You can also check the appraisal records at City Hall to make sure all components of the property are correct.
The State Education Tax (SET) is a statewide tax that supports all public schools in Michigan. The current rate is 6 mills. This tax is required to be paid in the summer. The SET is levied on all property types (residential, industrial, personal, etc.) in the State of Michigan.
A mill is $1 per $1,000 of the taxable value of the property.
No. All residents pay school taxes whether they have children in school or not. However, residents who own and occupy as their principal residence pay a lower school tax rate.
The City also collects taxes for our schools, Mott Community College, Genesee County, Bishop Airport, Southern Lakes Parks and Recreation, Genesee Intermediate Schools, Mass Transportation Authority, and where applicable, Oakland County and Oakland Schools.
Under the Revenue Sharing program, sales taxes collected by the State of Michigan are distributed to local governments.
Jon Satkowiak has been the Fenton Treasurer since August of 2018. Prior to becoming Treasurer, he had served as the Deputy Treasurer since March 2016. He graduated from Baker College with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He is a member of the Michigan Government Finance Officers Association, as well as the Government Finance Officers Administration.
No, there are no discounts for early payment.
This is completely untrue. All government employees (whether City, County, State or Federal) are subject to all taxes just like everyone else.
Though the City collects taxes, not all the money goes to the City. If you look at the breakdown provided on your tax bill, you will see which units of government get a share of your taxes. The County and school districts receive a larger portion of your property taxes than the City. Also, special millages may be levied for bonded debts, special assessments, etc.
Please contact the Assessor at 810-629-2261 for this information. Very detailed instructions must be followed in order to be granted a poverty exemption. Although the Assessor will help you understand the paperwork, the burden lies on you for completion of that paperwork and presentation before the Board of Review.