425 N. Main Street
Clawson, MI 48017
Stacey Hodges, City Treasurer
By Charter, all monies accruing to the City of Clawson, will be collected by the City Treasurer’s department. Each day receipts are deposited into the General fund and/or the tax accounts at banking institutions designated by Council.
On January 1st of each year the real and personal property located in the City is assessed subject to appeal by the property owner. Property owners receive a notice of valuation for the current year in February before the March Board of Review. Appeal dates are printed on the notice. If you do not agree with the valuation assessed for your property, you must meet with the Board of Review. This is the only time of year you can protest your valuation. Many people don’t realize that if they wait until they receive their summer tax bill, it is too late to make appeals. One point to remember is that you are discussing only valuation and not tax dollars. Only after the Board of Review, and you still disagree with their decision, you may appeal further to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. Please visit Oakland County Equalization for more information or call the following for specific information:
General Information: 248.858.0776
Personal Property (businesses): 248.858.2133
Property Description: 248.858.0762
Real Estate Assessment: 248.858.0776
Property taxes are levied on the Taxable Value. The State Equalized Value represents 50% of the market value of your property. The Summer Taxes are levied on July 1st of each year and are due & payable by July 31st. Penalty begins August 1st at 1/2% per month. Senior citizens 62 years of age and older with a household income not exceeding $40,000 can defer their Summer Tax on homestead property only until February 14 without penalty. Others qualifying with the same income requirements are paraplegics, quadriplegics, eligible Service person, eligible widow, widower, blind persons and persons totally and permanently disabled. They need to sign the deferment form and return it to our office by September 15th each year. To download the form click here.
In our city, taxpayers may pay their Summer Tax bill in eight (8) equal, monthly installments, interest-free if they so desire. They need only request it after receiving the bill and by July 31st. Payments begin July and end in February, paying each month to avoid a late fee. The Winter Taxes are levied on December 1st of each year and are due & payable by February 14th. A 4% penalty is added on February 15th. The final date for collecting taxes in our office is February 28th. After that date, taxes are delinquent and payable only at Oakland County with additional penalties.
Property taxes continue to be one of the heaviest burdens for many homeowners, especially older adults. Those on fixed incomes often have difficulty keeping pace with rising property tax costs. The Michigan General Property Tax Act of 1893 states “The real and personal property of persons who, in the judgment of the supervisor and board of review, by reason of poverty, are unable to contribute towards the public charges is exempt from taxation under this act.”
Appealing Your Property Tax Assessment
In a hardship appeal, the homeowner is not disputing the validity of the assessment on the home, but is saying he or she can’t afford the taxes the assessment will generate. If the Board of Review agrees, the owner gets a special, reduced assessment that generates a lower tax bill. Reductions are granted for a one year period, but a person may reapply annually.
Winter taxes are mailed December 1st every year.
Treasurer Schedule of Fees
Click here or the Treasurer Fee Schedules effective 7/1/17.
|Apartment List||$ 5.00|
|Bad (NSF) Check Fee||$ 20.00|
|Installment Booklet for Summer Tax Payments|
|First Book||$ 10.00|
|Replacement Booklet||$ 10.00|
|Tax Sales List||$ 5.00|
|Tax Information Per Page||$ 1.00|