Linda Lehman, City Treasurer
The Treasurer’s Office is responsible for the collection of all monies owed to the City, and for the collection of city, county, school and special district property taxes and the State Education Tax.
Millage rates are determined by the various governmental units. The City of Rockford Council establishes the millage rate for the City as part of the budgeting process, usually at a special meeting in May. During the summer tax collection, taxes are collected for:
- City of Rockford
- Rockford Public Schools
- Kent County (allocated millage)
- Grand Rapids Community College
- Kent Intermediate Schools
- State Education Tax.
During the winter collection, taxes are collected for:
- Kent County (special millage)
- Kent District Library
- Rockford Public Schools
Regardless of the fiscal year of the taxing unit, both the summer and winter tax bills cover the calendar year for which they were levied. The two bills make up the total annual property tax due.
The City Assessor determines the value of the property as of December 31 (tax day) of each year. The local municipality issues tax bills in two installments the following year, July and December.
Tax bills for the summer tax collection are considered due and payable on July 1. A 3% penalty will be added on August 11th to any unpaid tax amounts and .75% interest will be added on October 1st, November 1st, December 1st, January 1st and February 1st on unpaid amounts.
Tax bills for the winter tax collection are considered due and payable on December 1st. A 3% penalty will be added on unpaid amounts on February 15th.
Unpaid summer and winter taxes can only be paid to the City of Rockford Treasurer through February 28th. On March 1st, all unpaid taxes from the previous tax year are returned as delinquent to the Kent County Treasurer who will continue to bill delinquent taxes including a collection fee and interest.
Since the adoption of Proposal A in 1994, properties have two values: the assessed value (AV) and the taxable value (TV). Taxes are calculated by multiplying the TV by the millage rate. Click here for a property tax calculator. Proposal A also established the Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) that entitles home owners who live in their home an exemption from paying the 18 mills of school operating millage. Click here for additional information concerning the Principal Residence Exemption.
Qualified taxpayers may defer payment of summer taxes until the winter tax collection by completing a deferment form. Information from the State of Michigan Web site on deferring taxes can be found here.
Certain taxpayers may also be eligible for a poverty exemption which may be granted by the Board of Review. The City’s Poverty Exemption Standards detail the eligibility requirements. A Poverty Exemption Application must be completed and submitted with proper documentation to the City Assessor on an annual basis.
The State of Michigan offers help to eligible taxpayers in the form of the Property Tax Credit, Home Heating Credit, and Military Tax Relief. For more information visit the State of Michigan’s website.
Questions? Contact City Treasurer, Linda Lehman at (616)825-5010 or email.
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