Treasurer’s Office

Calls for tax amounts, special assessments and water & sewer account questions may be directed to the treasurers office at (810) 385-4489 x1114



Phone: (810) 385-4489, ext. 1114

Under MCL 211.44(2), on the last day of February each year, the Treasurer’s Office will be open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If the last day of February falls on a weekend, extended office hours will then be held the following Monday. This statute also provides the Treasurer’s Office remain open for one day from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. sometime between December 25th and January 1st. Generally, the Treasurer’s Office extends office hours this day on the last business day the Township is open during the chosen week.

Township Funds:

The Treasurer’s Office is responsible for the collection of Taxes, Water Bills, Permit Fees, and any other fees or payments owed. The Treasurer’s Office is also responsible for depositing, investing, and transferring funds to cover payments, as well as balancing bank statements. The Treasurer also assists in generating yearly budgets, and twice a month provides a complete financial report on all Township funds to the Board of Trustees.

Payment Options:

Payments may be made in person, by mail, or by being placed in the after-hours drop box by check or cash. Credit card payments can be made in person or online, but cannot be accepted over the phone. All payments placed in the drop box on the due date are considered on time. Payments sent via mail are considered on time if postmarked on or before the due date.  To pay online, follow the links below. For the utility bill, select the “Search by Address” option, leave the street name blank and enter your street number in both “Street Number” boxes and click “Search.” This will bring up all Fort Gratiot properties with that street number. Select yours and follow the prompts. For tax bills, you can use any of the search options available on the screen. There are several screens to verify your information before you are charged, including the screen showing the credit card fee. For all credit card transactions the fee is 3% of the transaction, with a minimum fee of $2.00. The fees go directly to the credit card company. You will receive a confirmation email from [email protected] with a confirmation number and the transaction details. Click here to pay your utility bill onlineClick here to pay your tax bill online.

Designated Agent Forms:

If an individual other than the homeowner, such as a mortgage company, is responsible for paying taxes, a Designated Agent form must be filled out and kept on file with the Treasurer’s Office, as required by MCL 211.44(9)(a) passed in April, 1999.

Deferment of July Property Taxes:

If certain criteria are met, July tax on principal residences may be deferred until February 14th without penalty, under MCL 211.51. Applications for this deferment must be filed with the Township Treasurer’s Office no later than September 15th. Gross household income must be under $35,000, and applicants must be at least 62 years of age, an eligible serviceperson or veteran, or disabled as set forth in the law.

July Property Tax Bills:

July tax bills are mailed July 1st, and are due September 14th without penalty. Partial payments are accepted on all taxes. A 2% penalty is added to any unpaid balance on September 15th, with another 1% being added the first of each month thereafter, until the books are closed on March 1st. The July tax bill consists of Port Huron Area School District, St. Clair County RESA (formerly ISD), State Educational Tax, and St. Clair County Operating Tax. The Treasurer’s Office then distributes the taxes collected to the School District, RESA, State and County.

December Property Tax Bills:

December tax bills are mailed December 1st, and are payable on or before February 14th without penalty. Effective February 15th, a 3% penalty is assessed on any unpaid balance. February 28th is the last day to pay Summer or Winter taxes. The December bill includes taxes for the Blue Water Area Transportation Commission; County Operations; including the St. Clair County Drug Task Force, St. Clair County Senior Citizens, County Parks, County Library, and Community College; as well as Fort Gratiot Township Operations; including Township Fire, Police, and Special Assessments. As with the July tax bills, the Treasurer’s Office distributes the collected funds to all individual entities.

Garage Sale Permits:

Under Township Ordinance #89, each household is allowed 3 garage sales in any 12 month period. Each sale can span 4 consecutive days. Garage Sale permit fees are $2.00, and all permits must be displayed for the duration of the sale.


Taxes cannot be prepaid for 2018 in Michigan because the 2018 taxes have not been assessed yet.

In areas of Michigan and in other states where municipalities are accepting prepayment, the IRS has not confirmed that it will accept the prepayment.

The IRS has received a number of questions from the tax community concerning the deductibility of prepaid real property taxes. In general, whether a taxpayer is allowed a deduction for the prepayment of state or local real property taxes in 2017 depends on whether the taxpayer makes the payment in 2017 and the real property taxes are assessed prior to 2018.

A prepayment of anticipated real property taxes that have not been assessed prior to 2018 are not deductible in 2017. State or local law determines whether and when a property tax is assessed, which is generally when the taxpayer becomes liable for the property tax imposed.

The General Property Tax Act in Michigan (MCL 211.1-211.157) does not allow for local governments to accept prepayment of taxes. We can only do that which we are permitted to do by state law. Such provision simply does not exist.

At present there is no property tax levied for 2018. That will not occur until the assessors make their assessments, send out assessment notices in February 2018, allow for property owners to protest their assessments at the Board of Review in March 2018, allow for the county equalization department to complete their process in April 2018, and allow for the various taxing jurisdictions to levy their millage in conjunction with the adoption of their budgets which in some cases takes place in May and early June 2018. Therefore, the property tax does not become a tax owing until July 1, 2018.

Therefore, since there exists no property tax yet for 2018, the taxpayer does not have a tax that can be itemized on their 2017 federal income tax form.

Core Competencies: The Building Blocks of Township Government
To ensure that all township officials have the opportunity to learn what they need to know to carry out their statutory  duties as well as understand effective township management practices, the Michigan Townships Association  has identified “core competencies.” Essentially, they are the “nuts and bolts” that each of the four elected offices at the township level should know and/or be skilled in to successfully perform their duties.

The list should not be construed as all-inclusive; rather they should be considered an overview of the knowledge and skill sets that an individual should possess. Note that each checklist is dynamic in the sense that it will change over time, adapting to legislation, legal issues, and other factors that impact township government and the responsibilities of the elected official.

The core competencies address two goals: (1) to create a more-informed, better-educated cadre of township officials who are more confident and competent in carrying out their roles and responsibilities as leaders in their communities; and (2) to generate greater effectiveness on the part of local government. Below are the core competencies for the Treasurer. Please visit the Supervisor, Clerk, and Board of Trustees pages to see the core competencies for those positions.

Township Government Operations
~Demonstrates knowledge about township (general law or charter) government responsibilities, functions and powers
~Identifies the major functions of each branch of government—local, state and federal—along with their relationship to one another
~Understands the statutory duties and responsibilities of the office of township treasurer
~Aware of the roles and responsibilities of other elected and appointed offices in the township
~Demonstrates knowledge of the various committees, boards and commissions serving the township, including their roles and responsibilities
~Understands how township policies and procedures are set
~Demonstrates knowledge of how ordinances are lawfully adopted and legally enforced

 Interpersonal Skills
~Communicates effectively
~Listens attentively
~Works effectively with individuals, departments, and committees to achieve desired outcomes
~Establishes appropriate contacts with banks, mortgage companies, insurance and investment firms
~Possesses knowledge of what constitutes ethical behavior
~Manages adversity and hostility effectively
~Delegates tasks appropriately

Leadership Abilities
~Possesses vision, especially relative to the township’s needs or potential
~Understands how to conduct effective board meetings and is knowledgeable about parliamentary procedure
~Possesses effective policy-making skills and decision-making skills
~Utilizes consensus-building techniques
~Possesses persuasive/influential abilities
~Motivates others to achieve desired outcomes
~Utilizes public relations skills to position the township positively

Administrative Skills
~Demonstrates knowledge of uniform chart of accounts, generally accepted accounting practices and proper internal controls
~Implements sound cash management procedures and proper handling of funds, including knowledge of investment instruments and legal limitations on investments
~Understands elements of investment risks
~Aware of what constitutes lawful township expenditures
~Has ability to generate required financial reports and statements, which are accurate and timely
~Understands the audit process
~Possesses knowledge of the township budget and can project reasonable cash flows on an annual basis
~Understands purchasing policies and the bid process
~Demonstrates knowledge of general property tax administration process, including collection and distribution of tax revenues
~Understands procedures for collecting personal property taxes

Township Issues
~Possesses knowledge about current issues affecting townships
~Aware of legal matters that could impact the township
~Understands the elements of risk management
~Aware of financial matters affecting the township, including revenue sources
~Possesses knowledge about land use
~Understands the planning and zoning process
~Possesses knowledge of township services and their policy implications