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Frequently Asked Questions About Property Taxes

Summer Taxes are due July 1 through September 14 Winter Taxes are due December 1 through February 14

Please note:  The Treasurer's Office handles questions regarding the billing and collection of property taxes.  Specific questions regarding property assessments and values should be referred to THE TOWNSHIP ASSESSING DEPARTMENT - (734) 224-7353.


  • When can I expect to receive a bill and when is it due?

The summer tax bills are mailed the first week July and are due without penalty by September 14 unless it falls on a weekend in which case the due date is the next business day.  The winter tax bills are mailed the first week of December and are due without penalty the following February 14 unless it falls on a weekend in which case the due date is the next business day.  The due date will always be clearly indicated on your tax bill.

  • I didn't receive a bill, what should I do?

Call our office immediately (734) 224-7342.  We will send you a duplicate bill.  Please note, it is the taxpayers responsibility to pay the taxes by the due date regardless of whether a bill was received or not.

  • My bill has someone else's name on it, what should I do?

First make sure it is your bill, i.e. check the permanent parcel number.  If it is your bill, most likely there has been a recent ownership change and the taxpayer information hasn't been updated.  If this is the case, you may pay on the bill you received.  Again, please note it is the taxpayer's responsibility to pay the taxes by the due date.

  • How do I change the mailing address?

The Township Assessor maintains mailing addresses.  For information on what is required to change an address contact the Township Assessor at (734) 224-7353.  For Sewer Usage bills contact the Utility Department (734) 224-7332.

  • I have an escrow account and I changed Mortgage Companies, what should I do?

Call our office immediately (734) 224-7342.  We need the name and address of your new mortgage company so we can update our records.  NOTE:  If you pay off your mortgage and no longer have an escrow account please call our office so we can update our records.

  • Where I can pay my taxes and what payment options are available?

At our office - Bedford Township Government Center is located at 8100 Jackman Road in Temperance. (8:00 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday)

At our drive up window located on the south side of the of the building next to the drive up window. (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Monday - Friday)

At local banks - The Fifth Third Bank (Lambertville office), Citizens Bank (Temperance office) and any Monroe Bank & Trust branch in Monroe County.

Mail - Please include the tax stub and note parcel number on your check -  PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH.

Drop Box - There is a drop slot conveniently located at the drive up window on the south side of the Bedford Township Government Center.

  • Electronic Funds Transfer - Go to the Electronic Funds Transfer Form, fill out form and e-mail to kjandasek@bedfordmi.org

  • What if I can't pay the tax bill when it is due?

After March 1st call the Monroe County Treasurer at (888) 354-5500 or (734) 240-7365 for any interest, penalties and partial payment amounts.

  • What are the penalties for late payment?

Summer taxes:  1% per month on unpaid principal.  Unpaid real property taxes and penalties are turned over to the Monroe County Treasurer as of March 1st of the succeeding year.  Contact the Monroe County Treasurer at (734) 240-7365 or (888) 354-5500.

Winter taxes:  3% penalty is collected after the due date and before March 1.  Unpaid real property taxes are turned over to the Monroe County Treasurer.  Call the Monroe County Treasurer for payment information on taxes turned over delinquent.

  • If I can't pay my tax bill on time will it affect my credit rating?

No, we do not report anything concerning your payment habits to the Credit Bureau.

  • The taxable value or Principal Residence Exemption on my bill is incorrect, what should I do?

CONTACT THE TOWNSHIP ASSESSOR'S OFFICE IMMEDIATELY AT (734) 224-7353. There are two opportunities each year for assessment corrections; at the July and December Boards of Review.  However, the taxes billed reflect a legal assessment and are due by the due date and in the amount stated on the bill regardless of errors.  Partial payments made in anticipation of an assessment correction are "at your own risk"; i.e., any residual balance due after corrections will bear penalties if delinquent.

  • The taxable value or Principal Residence Exemption for my property is being corrected at the board of review, should I wait for the corrected bill before paying?

No.  The bill you received is due and payable by the due date and in the amount stated on the bill.  Partial payments made in anticipation of an assessment correction are "at your own risk"; i.e., any residual balance due after corrections will bear penalties if delinquent.  The Township Board of Review meets in July and December to correct errors to the tax roll for both the current and prior two years only.  PLEASE CONTACT THE ASSESSING DEPARTMENT AT (734) 224-7353 FOR INQUIRIES.

  • What is the difference between real and personal property taxes?

Real property is property that is attached such as land and buildings.  Real property taxes are assessed on either commercial/industrial or residential property.

Personal property is any property that isn't real property.  Personal property taxes are assessed only on property that is used in a business.

  • How is property assessed?

Real property assessments are based on market values and are assessed yearly by the assessor's department.  Assessment notices are mailed to taxpayers of record in January or each year.  An important part of assessing property is the appeal process.  Real property assessments can be appealed at the March board of review.

Personal property assessments originate from a filing of a statement by the taxpayer.  If a personal property statement is not furnished the assessor, he/she is authorized to assess such amount of personal property as deemed reasonable and just.  The business owner is required by law to report the value of property owned on a personal property statement form provided by the local assessor.  Assessment notices are also mailed to business personal property owners in January of each year.  Personal property assessments can also be appealed at the March board of review.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS CONTACT THE TOWNSHIP ASSESSOR'S DEPARTMENT AT (734) 224-7353.

  • How is my tax rate determined?

The summer tax rate is the State Education Tax determined by the State of Michigan, which is 6 mills. The Monroe County Operating Tax - 4.7952 mils.

The winter tax rates are Township, Township Police, County Library, County Seniors, Special Education, Community College, School Operating and School Debt set by each taxing entity during the month of September.

  • What is the difference between assessed value and taxable value?

Taxable value (TV) is the value used to compute your tax bill and applies to real property only.  "TV" is determined yearly as the LESSER of assessed value (market based as determined by assessor) and capped value.  Capped value is the prior year's taxable value, less taxable value of losses, "capped" by an increase of the lesser of 5% or the rate of inflation, plus assessed value of additions.  Taxable value becomes uncapped when property is sold or transferred.

  • What is a Principal Residence Exemption and how do I know if I have one?

A Principal Residence Exemption entitles the owner of real property an exemption from the 18* mills of school operating tax for the percentage of taxable value used as a primary residence.  The Principal Residence Exemption must be claimed on a form approved by the Michigan Department of Treasury.  The Principal Residence Exemption for your property will be included on your assessment notice expressed as a percentage.  The Principal Residence Exemption percentage will also be displayed on your summer and winter tax bill.  A Principal Residence Exemption of 100% means your property is exempted from 100% of school operating taxes.  Voted school bonded debt millages are NOT exempted.

* Or less subject to Headlee Amendment roll back

FOR QUESTIONS ON YOUR PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE EXEMPTION PLEASE CONTACT THE TOWNSHIP ASSESSOR'S DEPARTMENT AT (734) 224-7353.

  • How can I receive a credit or have my property taxes reduced?

The credits available do not originate from the Township.  The State of Michigan has a Principal Residence Exemption property tax credit that can be calculated annually as part of the state income tax filing.  In addition, a separate calculation is available for senior citizens for their Principal Residence Exemption property taxes.  More information on these credits can be obtained at the web site www.michigan.gov.treasury or by calling 1-800-482-7000.  Information regarding Principal Residence Exemption exemptions and poverty exemptions are available from the Township Assessor's Department.

  • Are there any tax abatements available?

Owners of industrial property may be eligible for an Industrial Facilities Tax.  There are two types of IFT's, new and replacement.  New projects are taxed at 1/2 the normal rate while replacement projects are taxed at the full rate but the taxable value is frozen.  For more information on Industrial Facilities Tax, please contact the Township Assessor's Department at (734) 224-7353.

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact us!

pfrancis@bedfordmi.org or kjandasek@bedfordmi.org

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