Walt Blessed, Deputy Treasurer
Courtney Wahnefried, Accounting Clerk/Treasury Specialist
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.
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.
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT MILLAGE RATES?
|2020 MILLAGE RATES|
|LAKE ORION *|
|* 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.
- 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.
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.
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.