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 extension 506 or by email.

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Jeanne Langlois
, Treasurer

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Larry Claeson
, Deputy Treasurer

Courtney Wahnefried Treasurer's Department Assistant
Ellen Rozmary, Administrative Assistant

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.
2017 Summer tax bills will be mailed on July 1, 2017. Please contact the treasurer's office if you did not receive a tax bill. Failure to receive a tax bill does not defer payment of interest or penalty. Summer taxes are due September 14, 2017. Payments received after September 14, 2017 will be assessed interest at a rate of 1.0% per month. Please note that postmarks do not apply. 

Beginning March 1, 2017 all taxes must be paid to the Oakland County Treasurer with additional penalties.

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PROPERTY TAX AND PAYMENT HISTORY

We receive numerous phone calls throughout the year requesting prior year tax information and payment history. As much as we are glad to assist you, the information is also available online. Click on Property Information located in the left margin, then Tax Information Search, then enter either your address or parcel number. 3 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
2017 - 2018 MILLAGE RATES
             
Summer Winter
ESTIMATED
Total
ESTIMATED
             
  PRE Non-PRE PRE  Non-PRE PRE  Non-PRE
150 24.3744 42.3744 6.6519  6.6519 31.0263 49.0263
LAKE ORION *
220 17.9034 26.9034 9.6019 18.6019 27.5053 45.5053
ROCHESTER
700 17.7046 35.7046 6.6519 6.6519 24.3565 42.3565
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, 2011 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 by December 1, of the current tax year
  • 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.

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.

HOW DO I PROTEST MY ASSESSMENT? 
 
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.