It is the responsibility of the Oakland Township Treasurer’s Office to receive and manage tax payments and other monies of the Township. It is the intent of the Oakland Township Treasurer's Office to carry out its responsibility in an efficient and pleasant manner. Please feel free to contact the Treasurer's Office regarding any further questions at 248-651-4440 ext. 217 or 212 or by email.


John Giannangeli, Treasurer

Walt Blessed, Deputy Treasurer
(248) 218-6954

Courtney Wahnefried, Accounting Clerk/Treasury Specialist
(248) 218-6965

Oakland County Equalization is contracted by the Township to act as the Assessor. The Assessor is responsible for property appraisals and taxable valuations, as well as the Board of Review. You may contact them at 248-858-0740 or visit their website here.

 2020 Property Tax Bills

2020 Summer tax bills will be mailed on July 1, 2020 and are due September 14, 2020. Payments received after September 14, 2020 will be assessed interest at a rate of 1.0% per month until paid. 2020 Winter tax bills are mailed on December 1, 2020 and are due February 16, 2021. Payments received between February 17, 2021 and March 1, 2021 will be assessed penalty in the amount of 3.0%.

Beginning March 2, 2021 all taxes must be paid to the Oakland County Treasurer with additional penalties.

2019 Property Tax Bills
Any delinquent amount owed on 2019 property taxes must be paid to the Oakland County Treasurer. Click Here for 2019 property tax payment options.

CLICK HERE FOR PAYMENT OPTIONS AND OTHER TAX INFORMATION
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Payments by mail are recorded on the day received. Postmarks do not apply.
Failure to receive a tax bill does not defer interest or penalty. Please contact the Treasurer's office if you did not receive a tax bill.

PROPERTY TAX AND PAYMENT HISTORY

We receive numerous phone calls throughout the year requesting prior year tax information and payment history. We are glad to assist you but the information is also available online for your use. Click Here for Property Information, you can search for parcels by address, parcel number or owner name. Selecting the Tax Information Tab, 7 years of tax history will be displayed. Each tax season's information can be expanded, collapsed and printed depending on your needs.

FAQ's
 

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT MILLAGE RATES?

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP
2020 MILLAGE RATES
             
2020 
Summer
2020
Winter
Total
             
  PRE Non-PRE PRE  Non-PRE PRE  Non-PRE
63230 24.1839 42.1839 6.5696 6.5696 30.7535 48.7535
LAKE ORION *
63260 17.2501 26.2501 9.0533 18.0533 26.3034 44.3034
ROCHESTER
50190 19.9792 37.9792 6.5696 6.5696 26.5488 44.5488
ROMEO *
 
*    100% of school taxes are collected in summer.
 
 

WHAT IS A HOMEOWNER'S PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE (HOMESTEAD) EXEMPTION?
If you own and occupy your home as your principal residence as of June 1st or November 1st, you may qualify for an exemption to the 18 mill school operation millage. People who qualify for this program have filed an affidavit and are currently receiving this exemption. 

If you suspect that you do in fact qualify for this program and are not sure if you are receiving the exemption, you can verify your exemption status as follows:
 
  • Check your Notice of Assessment, Taxable Valuation and Property Classification you usually receive this at the end of February each year). The exemption status should indicate 100%.
  • Check your last tax statement (these are issued on July 1st for the summer levy and December 1st for the winter levy). The exemption status is listed on here and there should be no amount itemized under the School Operating Millage.
The deadline to file the Property Residence Exemption (PRE) Affidavit (state form 2368) for taxes levied after December 31 is June 1 for summer tax levy and November 1 for the winter tax levy. A Request to Rescind Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) (state form 2602) or a Conditional Rescission of Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) (state form 4640) must be filed with the local assessor for any previous claims. This form is not valid unless certified by an assessor. Do not submit this form if the property is not occupied by the owner as a principal residence.
 

TAX DEFERMENTS
Summer taxes may be deferred until February 14th if your total household income did not exceed $40,000 and you meet one of the following requirements:

  • Senior Citizen, age 62 or older
  • Paraplegic, Quadriplegic, Hemiplegic, or Blind
  • Eligible Serviceperson, Veteran, Widow or Widower
  • Totally and Permanently Disabled

Applications for deferment must be filed by September 14th of the current year and are available at the Treasurer’s office. Click Here for the Application for Deferment of Summer Taxes.

WHAT ARE PROPERTY TAXES BASED ON?
Your taxes are based on the Taxable Value of your home. Tax amounts are calculated by multiplying the Taxable Value of a parcel by the millage rate of each collecting unit; County, School, State and Township.

Lake Orion and Romeo school districts collect 100% of their school taxes in the summer. Rochester school district collects one-half in summer and one-half in winter. The remaining millage rates are divided between your summer and winter tax bills.
 
 The Taxable Value is the lesser of the State Equalized Value (SEV) or last year’s Taxable Value times the percent change in the rate of inflation or 5% (whichever is less).
 

I RECENTLY MOVED INTO MY HOUSE, WHICH IS SIMILAR TO MY NEIGHBORS. WHY ARE MY PROPERTY TAXES HIGHER?
This is a result of the uncapping of your Taxable Value. The year after there is a transfer of ownership the Taxable Value is uncapped to the current SEV. This uncapping can result in different Taxable Values and different tax amounts for identical homes.  

WHY ISN'T MY ASSESSMENT HALF OF MY PURCHASE PRICE?
The law defines True Cash Value (TCV) as the usual selling price of a property. The legislature and courts have clearly stated that the actual selling price of a property is not the controlling factor in the TCV or SEV. When analyzing sales, Oakland County Equalization will review sales and exclude non-representative/distressed sales from the analysis. Non-representative /distressed sales are sales that involve any element of distress from either party; buyer or seller.

PROPERTY ASSESSMENT NOTICES, HOW DO I PROTEST MY ASSESSMENT? 
 Property assessment notices are mailed in February every year to all taxpayers in Oakland Township. The information on the notice will show how much you will pay in property taxes for the current year, be sure to read thoroughly. If you believe the assessed value shown on your ‘Notice of Assessment, Taxable Valuation and Property Classification’ is more than half of the value of your property, you may appeal at the March Board of Review.  A resident may appear in person and/or may protest to the March Board of Review in writing. An appeal will be promptly heard and the March Board of Review may change assessed values if necessary. Each person who protests to the Board of Review shall be notified of an answer from Oakland County Equalization around the first Monday in June.
 
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ASSESSED AND TAXABLE VALUE?
 Prior to ‘Proposal A’ (the change in the laws in 1994), taxes were calculated by multiplying the State Equalized Value (SEV) by the millage rates in that year.
 
Beginning in 1994 the SEV and Taxable Value were the same number. In 1995 and thereafter, the Taxable Value is subject to a cap.
 
The cap is calculated by taking the previous years Taxable Value, minus any losses sustained by the property, multiplied by the cap amount (the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or 5%, whichever is less), plus any new value to the property. This calculation is called the Capped Value.
 
This Capped Value is then compared to the SEV and if a transfer has not occurred in the previous year on the property, whichever value is less (SEV or CAP) becomes the new Taxable Value.
 
If a transfer did occur, the Capped Value does not apply to the property and the SEV becomes the new Taxable Value.
 
WHEN ARE TAXES SENT TO HOMEOWNERS?
 Summer taxes are mailed July 1st and winter taxes are mailed December 1st. Failure to receive a tax bill does not defer payment, interest or penalties. Please contact the Treasurer's Office if you do not receive a bill.