Governor Signs Executive Order Extending Michigan’s Tax Foreclosure Deadline.
Lansing,~ Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, signed an executive order taking emergency action to extend the state’s tax foreclosure deadline because of the COVID-19 National Emergency. Under state law, properties with unpaid 2017 property taxes were subject to foreclosure by county treasurers on March 31. The order moves the March 31 deadline to May 29, or 30 days after the state of emergency ends. The extraordinary measure helps families struggling financially because of the COVID-19 national emergency. The order takes effect immediately.
“People are struggling during the mass closures due to the COVID-19 crisis," stated Holly Moon, Newaygo County Treasurer. “This order will give those facing the tragedy of tax foreclosure some needed emergency relief to assure their property is not foreclosed while they work to keep their families safe and healthy. County Treasurers never want to foreclose on property and will work hard during this crisis to help people stay safe and healthy, and pay their property taxes.”
Anyone facing tax foreclosure under the new deadline is encouraged to call the Newaygo County Treasurer's Office, if they have questions. The Office is closed to walk-in payments by the public; however, staff is answering phone calls remotely between 10 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday at 231.689.7230. Mailed payments as well as on-line credit/debit card payments are being processed. There is a 2.5% convenience fee charged by the processor.
“I want to extend my sincere thanks to our MI Assn of County Treasurers' legislative committee, Michigan Treasury, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer for working to make this happen,” added Treasurer Moon.