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Fiscal Services - Treasurer's Department

Contact City Treasurer's Department - 333 W. Ellsworth St. Midland, MI 48640 - Phone: 989-837-3315 Email: treasurer@midland-mi.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some common questions posed to the City Treasurer's Department. Use your scroll key to access different questions and answers grouped according to topic.

Paying Your Tax Bill

1. What are the payment options for City of Midland property taxes?

2. From year to year, when are taxes due?

3. Do you accept tax payments before July 1 or December 1, and/or can they be partial tax payments?

4. Do you accept payments that are postmarked with the payment due date?

5. What are the charges for late tax payments?

6. What is the Auto-Pay automatic withdrawal program?

7. Can I use Auto-Pay to automatically pay my winter taxes on December 31st?

Online Tax Billing Information

8. How do I access my City of Midland tax billing information via the Internet?

9. How can I find out how much I owe on my taxes?

10. How can I find out what I paid in taxes last year?

11. How quickly are tax payments updated on the City's website?

12. Why does the online tax bill information show a Total Due = 0.00 when I may still owe delinquent taxes?

Delinquent Taxes

13. How do I find out why I received a delinquent tax bill from the Midland County Treasurerís Office?

14. Why does the Midland County Treasurer's Office collect delinquent real property taxes for property located within the city of Midland?

15. Where do I pay delinquent property taxes?

Parking

16. Why did I receive a ticket for parking on a city street during the night?

17. Where do I find signs indicating parking on city streets between the hours of 3-6 a.m. is prohibited?

18. Can I pay my City of Midland parking ticket online?

19. What is the charge for a late parking ticket payment?

20. What is the procedure for disputing a parking ticket?

21. Where is parking available to attend a Great Lakes Loons baseball game?

Miscellaneous

22. What types of City of Midland payments can be made online?

23. How can I find out how my taxes were calculated?

24. Why do I pay more in taxes than my neighbor when our assessed values are the same?

25. Is there any easy way to figure what my taxes will be if I buy a house?

26. How do I find out if there are any special assessments on my property?

27. I am considering purchasing a business in Midland. How can I find out if any personal property taxes are outstanding on the business?

28. When does the Board of Review meet?

29. I live in one of the townships surrounding Midland. Where do I pay my taxes?

30. Where do I purchase dog licenses?

Answers

1. What are the payment options for City of Midland property taxes?

There are several payment options available. You can pay by:

Checks, cash, and/or money orders can be mailed to City of Midland, P.O. Box 1647, Midland, MI  48641-1647 or can be paid in person at the Treasurer's Office, City Hall, 333 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, MI.  After-hours payments may be made at the night deposit box located inside Midland City Hall's main doors, which are between the Midland County Services Building and City Hall.

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2. From year to year, when are taxes due?

Summer taxes are due and payable from July 1-September 15 of each year without penalty. After September 15, a four (4) percent penalty is added to the unpaid balance of your tax bill. Winter taxes are due and payable from December 1 of one year to February 14 of the following year without penalty. After February 14, a four (4) percent penalty is added to the unpaid balance. Click here for more details on the tax collection process.

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3. Do you accept tax payments before July 1 or December 1, and/or can they be partial tax payments?

Payments cannot be made BEFORE July 1 for summer tax bills or December 1 for winter tax bills.  If you would like to make a partial payment, these are acceptable only AFTER July 1 for summer tax bills and after December 1 for winter bills.

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4. Do you accept payments that are postmarked with the payment due date?

Yes, for property taxes and City of Midland parking ticket payments only. The postmark must be legible and dated by the due date.

Postmarks are accepted for up to seven (7) calendar days after the due date.

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5. What are the charges for late tax payments?

Summer taxes that are not paid or postmarked by September 15 are charged a one-time four (4) percent penalty on the unpaid balance. No additional penalties will accrue until March 1, when the delinquent real property taxes are turned over to Midland County. Winter taxes that are not paid or postmarked by February 14 are charged a one-time four (4) percent penalty on the unpaid balance.

On March 1, all delinquent real property taxes are turned over to the Midland County Treasurer. The City Treasurerís Office continues to collect all delinquent personal property taxes and buildings on leased land taxes, and, beginning March 1, an additional one (1) percent per month interest is charged on the unpaid base tax.

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6. What is the Auto-Pay automatic withdrawal program?

The City offers the Auto-Pay program, which allows you to have the amount of your taxes automatically withdrawn from the bank account of your choosing on the date they are due. This service ends the hassle of having to write a check, use your credit or debit card, and/or come to Midland City Hall to pay your tax bill.

Click here to find out more: Auto-Pay Automatic Funds Withdrawal Program

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7. Can I use Auto-Pay to automatically pay my winter taxes on December 31st?

No. Through the Auto-Pay program, funds are withdrawn from your bank account on the date taxes are due. For example, in the case of winter taxes collected in 2008, that date would have been February 14, 2008.

If you would like to make full or partial payments at any time after your bill is issued, you are welcome to do so at the Treasurerís Office at Midland City Hall. If a partial payment has been made and you are signed up for the Auto-Pay program, any remaining balance will be drawn from your bank account on the tax payment due date.

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8. How do I access my City of Midland tax billing information via the Internet?

Tax billing information can be found by clicking on the following link: Tax Bill Info.

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9. How can I find out how much I owe on my taxes?

Tax billing information can be found by clicking on the following link: City Tax Bill Info. For delinquent taxes, visit the Midland County website.

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10. How can I find out what I paid in taxes last year?

For payments made to the City of Midland, visit the Cityís online tax billing information site. Or telephone the City Treasurerís Office at 989-837-3315.

For delinquent tax payments made to Midland County, visit the Countyís online tax information.

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11. How quickly are tax payments updated on the City's website?

Tax payments are updated on this website within two (2) regular business days.

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12. Why does the online tax bill information show a Total Due = 0.00 when I may still owe delinquent taxes?

Each year on March 1, all delinquent real property taxes and delinquent special assessments are turned over to the Midland Country Treasurerís Office for collection and are no longer payable to the City of Midland. After March 1, City records will not show the amount of delinquent taxes.

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13. How do I find out why I received a delinquent tax bill from the Midland County Treasurerís Office?

Contact the Midland County Treasurerís Office at 989-832-6850.

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14. Why does the Midland County Treasurer's Office collect delinquent real property taxes for property located within the city of Midland?

Per Michigan law, on March 1 of each year, all delinquent real property taxes and delinquent special assessments are turned over to the Midland County Treasurer's Office for collection.

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15. Where do I pay delinquent property taxes?

Real Property Taxes  July 1 - February 28:  Current year taxes are paid at the City of Midland Treasurer's Office at Midland City Hall. Beginning March 1 of each year, delinquent taxes are paid at the Midland County Treasurer's Office in the County Services Building.

Personal Property Taxes and Buildings on Leased Land Taxes  July 1 - February 28:  Payments for current and delinquent personal property taxes are paid to the City of Midland Treasurer's Office at Midland City Hall.

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16. Why did I receive a ticket for parking on a city street during the night?

Parking on city streets between the hours of 3-6 a.m. is prohibited, according to Chapter 24, Article II, Section 24-13, Sub-Section 8.28 of the Cityís Code of Ordinances. The Midland Police Department is responsible for enforcing this ordinance.

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17. Where do I find signs indicating parking on city streets between the hours of 3-6 a.m. is prohibited?

Signs are posted near the city limits at all the major entrances to the city.

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18. Can I pay my City of Midland parking ticket online?

Online parking ticket payments are currently not available. Presently, payments may be made in person (by cash or check) at the City Treasurerís Office, or by mail (in check form only), to: City Treasurerís Office, 333 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, MI 48640.

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19. What is the charge for a late parking ticket payment?

The fine for a City of Midland-issued parking ticket doubles if not paid within seven (7) calendar days of the issuance of the ticket.

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20. What is the procedure for disputing a parking ticket?

You may file a parking ticket appeal if you want to deny responsibility for the ticket. Click here to access an online parking ticket appeal form.

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21. Where is parking available to attend a Great Lakes Loons baseball game?

Click here to access information about parking for Great Lakes Loons games.

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22. What types of payments can be made online?

- Water Bill Payments

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23. How can I find out how my taxes were calculated?

Assessments of property in Midland are made annually by the City Assessorís Office. For questions about the assessment of your property, contact the office at 989-837-3334, or view the Assessor's Office portion of this website.

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24. Why do I pay more in taxes than my neighbor when our assessed values are the same?

Taxes are calculated based on taxable value. For an explanation of how taxes are calculated, click here.

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25. Is there any easy way to figure what my taxes will be if I buy a house?

Yes. Refer to the City Assessor's Office web page that details how property taxes are calculated.

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26. How do I find out if there are any special assessments on my property?

Contact the City Assessorís Office at 989-837-3334.

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27. I am considering purchasing a business in Midland. How can I find out if any personal property taxes are outstanding on the business?

See Buying/Selling/Going Out of Business in the attached Personal Property Tax brochure.

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28. When does the Board of Review meet?

The Board of Review meets three times each year Ė in March, July and December.

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29. I live in one of the townships surrounding Midland. Where do I pay my taxes?

Contact the Midland County Treasurer at 989-832-6850 to find out.

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30. Where do I purchase dog licenses?

Contact the Midland County Treasurerís Office at 989-832-6850.

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