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FAQs

Finance
How much of my property tax bill goes to the City?
Please see below for millage rate schedules.  All millages highlighted in yellow are for city operating costs.

2022 Millage Rates
What is a mill?
A mill is the measurement unit of the millage rate.  One “mill” equals one dollar of tax on every thousand dollars of taxable value. Example:  If a property’s taxable value is $30,000, then 1 mill would equate to $30 tax liability.
What time periods do the summer and winter tax bills cover?
"Summer" and "Winter" do not refer to the time periods that the bills cover; they refer to the times in which they are due.  The summer bill covers from July 1st of the current year through June 30th of the next year, and the winter bill covers from December 1st of the current year through November 30th of the next year.?

For Example:

  • Your Summer Tax Bill covers from July 1st through June 30th. 
  • Your Winter Tax Bill covers from December 1st through November 30th
What is the tax money received by the city used for?
The rest is used to fund the daily operations of the City such as:

  • Police protection
  • Firefighting and ALS Ambulance services
  • Streets and park maintenance
  • Weekly Trash Collection Pick-up, disposal, recycling and yard waste collection
  • Snowplowing
  • City Services
  • Employee pensions and health insurance
  • Debt service on bonds sold to pay for capital projects (i.e., Streets and Buildings)
What is City and School Debt?
Debt issued by the city or schools is usually voted on by the residents after a decision by a governing body that an improvement is necessary. When the City issues General Obligation bonds to pay for capital improvements, one of the conditions of the bonds is that the repayment of the bonds are backed by the full-faith and credit of the City. Therefore, the City is legally bound to levy for 100% of the debt service; however, depending on the project the City may decide to repay the bonds using other sources of revenue. Such is the case for Water and Sewer debt.  Water and Sewer debt is backed by the revenue received through water bills and the debt is factor into the rates charged.
When is the tax bill due?
The Summer tax bill is sent out July 1 and is due August 15th without additional penalty or interest. Certain eligible seniors may qualify for a deferral of the due date to February 14th. They may file an Application for Deferment of Summer Taxes, available from the Michigan Department of Treasury or the City Treasurer. The Treasurer’s office accepts payments 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday except holidays.  There is also a 24-hour secure drop box outside City Hall in which payments may be made.  The winter Tax Bill is due by February 14th without additional penalty or interest.
What happens if I don't pay my tax bill on time?
Penalties and interest are added onto the tax bills if not paid when due. Taxes are considered delinquent if not paid by the last day of February.  The delinquent tax roll is returned to the Wayne County Treasurer for collection on March 1, and delinquent real property tax bills can only be paid to the Wayne County Treasurer.  Note that after real property taxes go delinquent March 1st, the tax bill information on the City's website is "frozen" and no longer updated.  Information regarding amounts due would be on the Wayne County Treasurer's website.  If the tax bill goes unpaid for two years the property is subject to foreclosure for taxes, which no one wants to see happen. Additional information is available at www.treasurer.waynecounty.com. Unpaid personal property tax bills continue to be collected by the City Treasurer, with interest added the 1st of each month.
Does Wayne County offer any type of payment options for delinquent taxes?
Please see the links below for information regarding delinquent taxes and the types of payment plans available through Wayne County.  The City of Allen Park is not affiliated with Wayne County, so please direct any questions regarding delinquent taxes to the correct entity.

Wayne County Payment Plan Information
I paid the delinquent amount to the Wayne County Treasurer.  Why does the online tax bill from the prior year still show an amount due?
The tax roll is "frozen" when the delinquent amounts are reported to the Wayne County Treasurer.  They are not updated even after you've paid a delinquent amount to the Wayne County Treasurer, as they are intended to represent the amounts due as of the delinquency date.
What are Special Assessments?
Special Assessments are items such as delinquent water bills or unpaid invoices or unpaid ordinance citations that are authorized to be included on the tax bills for a parcel to ensure payment. The items are not considered taxes for the purpose of a federal itemized tax deduction or for the Michigan Homestead Tax Credit, so there is nothing to be gained by allowing these items to be assessed on your tax bill. There is typically substantial non-payment penalties added prior to the items being added to the tax bill.
I received the tax bill, but it really should have gone to my mortgage company. What do I do?
You should forward the bill to the mortgage company for them to pay it.  Please call the Treasurer's Office so that we can update the file and add your mortgage information.  Alternately, if you no longer have an escrow account and you are not receiving your tax bills, please contact us so that we may remove the mortgage company on record.  You may reach our office at (313) 928-4494.
What is a Summer Tax Defermen
An owner of eligible property may file a completed summer property tax deferment form with his or her city or township treasurer before September 15, or before the date your summer taxes are due, whichever is later.  A valid deferment permits summer property taxes to be paid on or before February 14 without any additional penalty and interest.

Taxpayers may defer their summer property tax if they meet the following criteria.  Payment may be deferred until February 15 (payment must be received on or before February 14 in order to avoid penalties and interest) for principal residence property owned by a taxpayer who:
  • Has a total gross household income of $40,000 or less for the preceding tax year, AND
  • Is totally and permanently disabled, blind, paraplegic, hemiplegic, quadriplegic, OR
  • Is an eligible serviceperson, eligible veteran, or eligible widow or widower, OR
  • Is at least 62
What type of property is eligible for property tax deferment?
Residential real property that is the principal residence of the taxpaer seeking deferment of summer taxes.

Please contaxt the Treasurer's Office with any additional questions: (313) 928-4494.

Click here to download or fill in and complete the summer tax deferment application.
Are there any property tax exemptions for veterans?
Please click this link for information regarding potential exemptions for disabled veterans.
 
Miscellaneous
Does the city offer notary services?
We have several notaries on staff, located at the Treasurer's & Clerk's Office and Building Department.  This is a convenience offered for city residents, with some conditions:
  • One (1) notary signature is offered for free for residents only.  Maximum number of notary signatures is not to exceed three (3).  You must also provide a valid government issued ID to verify your identity
  • Any notary signatures over the initial one (1) will be offered at a fee of $5.00 per signature
  • Notary services are available for non-residents at a fee of $5.00 per notary signature
  • You MUST SIGN IN FRONT OF THE NOTARY.  Do not sign your document prior to arriving.  If your document is already signed, we will ask you to re-sign again in front of a notary
  • If your document requires witnesses in addition to notary signatures, the city will not provide witnesses.  You must bring your own witnesses in to sign those sections
  • The city reserves the right to decline to notarize any documents at notary's discretion
  • Please call prior to arriving to ensure that we will have a notary on staff when you choose to come in
  • A notary does not offer legal advice, nor are they able to certify "true copies" of a document.  A notary simply verifies that the person signing the document is who they claim to be