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Tax Information

Note: It is now possible to access tax and assessing data here .

Summer Taxes.
Summer taxes are sent out by July 1st, and are payable July 1st through September 14th without interest. Beginning September 15th through February 28th, a 1% interest charge will be added per month to the unpaid balance. March 1st all unpaid tax will be turned over to the Van Buren County Treasurer. The Township due date will always be clearly indicated on your tax bill

Partial Payments
Almena Township will accept partial payments of taxes during the tax collection time for both summer and winter tax.

Deferment of Summer Taxes
The law provides that beginning September 15th, a 1% interest per month be paid. However, these taxes may be deferred without penalty until February 28th for any Homestead taxpayer who is 62 years of age or older, persons totally and permanently disabled, eligible veteran, or service person, also, property that is classified or used as agricultural may be eligible. Applications and further information for this deferment are available at the Treasurer's office or online at the Michigan Treasury link below. This application must be returned to the Township office by September 14th.

Winter Taxes
The winter tax bill is sent by December 1st and is payable December 1st through February 28th without any penalty or interest. Beginning March 1st all real estate property tax must be paid to the Van Buren County Treasurer's office. Penalty and interest per month is applied to the delinquent tax when paid at the county. Please contact the Van Buren County Treasurer at 269-657-8228 or 219 E. Paw Paw Street, Paw Paw, MI 49079, for more information or payoff amounts on delinquent taxes. The Township due date will always be clearly indicated on your tax bill.

Payments
Checks are accepted only as conditional payment of taxes. If your check is not honored by the bank, the tax is considered unpaid and will be restored to the tax roll without further notice. A NSF charge will be applied for the check returned from the bank. If paying by mail and you wish to receive a receipt, you must include a self addressed, stamped envelope along with your payment. If you have an escrow account and your mortgage company has requested a bill for your property tax, we will forward your tax amount to them. We will also send you a copy of the bill for your records. It is your responsibility to make sure that your mortgage company pays your bill before it is considered delinquent. It is now possible to check that information online here.

Principal Residence Exemption
November 1st of each year is the date you must legally own and occupy your home in order to be eligible for the Homeowners Principal Residence Exemption. The millage rate for qualifying property is approximately 18 mills less than non-qualifying properties. New homeowners must apply, this exemption is not automatic.

Poverty Exemption
On March 10th, 2009, the Township Board adopted a Resolution Establishing Poverty Exemption Guidelines. For a complete list of guidelines and application, please contact the Township Supervisor or Township Treasurer. Applications are processed at the regularly scheduled Board of Review meetings.

Links for further Information:
www.michigan.gov/taxes

Millage Rates (.pdf)

almenatwp.is.bsasoftware.com

Assessing

Appraisals Plus Group Inc.
Assessor Ben Brousseau
Ph: (269) 655-1144
Email: ben@apginc.us

Ben Brousseau, Township Assessor, is available to speak with residents in person at the Township office on Wednesdays from 11:00 am to Noon.  However, please feel free to contact your assessor at any time for questions you might have. Contact number is 269-655-1144 or email address: ben@apginc.us.  If you have to leave a message, your call will be returned within 24 hours on normal business days.

The Assessor is responsible for maintaining the assessment roll. If you have a building permit, you can expect to see the assessor or their associate coming to your home in order to check on the new construction.  The assessor also reviews randomly selected properties to check for accuracy. 

Each year in February you will receive an Assessment Change Notice.  It is very important that you look this notice over carefully.  Please call the assessor if you have any questions about this notice.  Check this notice over as well as your tax bill to be sure that your Principal Residence Exemption is in place.  You must own and occupy your home in order to qualify for this very important exemption. 

There are two values that carry with your property: Assessed Value and Taxable Value.  The Assessed Value equals 50% of the property’s value.  The Taxable Value is the previous year's Taxable Value times the current years Consumer Price Index, or 5%, whichever is less plus any new construction or minus any losses.  Your tax bill is based on your Taxable Value.  The CPI for 2011 is 1.017 or 1.7% increase. Taxes are based on the Taxable Value.

Contact Information:
Almena Township
27625 C.R. 375
Paw Paw, MI
49079

Phone:
(269) 668-6910
Fax:
(269) 668-6913

Located between Paw Paw & Kalamazoo