Treasurer Liz Rettig is in the office on Tuesday and Thursday from 9-12 and 1-4.
Deputy Treasurer Peter Plikaitis is in the office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday all day. To ensure that someone is here to answer your questions, it is suggested that you call first.
Summer Taxes: The summer tax bill is sent by July 15th, and is payable July 1st through September 14th without penalty or interest. Beginning September 15th through September 30th a 1% interest charge will be added. An additional 1% per month will be added on the 1st of each month to the unpaid balance.
Deferment of Summer Taxes: The law provides that beginning September 15th, a 1% interest be paid. However, these taxes may be deferred without penalty until February 14th, for any Homeowners Principle Residence who is a senior citizen 62 years or older, including the unremarried surviving spouse of a person who was 62 years of age or older at the time of death; is totally and permanently disabled person; blind person; paraplegic; quadriplegic; eligible service person; eligible veteran; or eligible widow or widower or otherwise eligible whose household income does not exceed $35,000 per year. Applications for deferment are available here of at the Treasurer's office, and must be returned to their office by September 14th.
Winter Taxes: The winter tax bill is sent by December 15th, and is payable December 1st through February 14th without penalty or interest. Beginning February 15th a 1% penalty will be added. Beginning March 1st all real taxes must be paid to the Berrien County Treasurer, 701 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085. A 4% administration fee and 1% interest per month is applied to the delinquent taxes when paid at the county.
Review Your Tax Bill: After receiving your tax bill, review it carefully. Please make sure that your homestead percentage is correct. If a correction is needed, please call the phone number on your tax bill immediately so that an adjustment can be made at the July or December Board of Review.
Escrow Accounts: Please check to see if you are coded for a mortgage company on your tax bill. If you have an escrow account and this tax bill is coded with a number in the box marked Bank Number this means your mortgage company has requested a copy of your tax bill, and the treasurer has provided an extra copy to them. If there is no number in that box, your bill has not been sent to your mortgage company. Therefore, enclose one copy of the tax bill with your next mortgage payment
Payment by Check: Checks are accepted only as conditional payment of taxes. If the check is not honored by the bank, the tax is considered unpaid and will be restored to the tax roll without further notice. A service charge may be applied to checks returned from the bank. Failure to send or receive such notice shall not in any way prejudice the right to collect or enforce the payment of any tax.
Postdated checks CANNOT be accepted for tax payments and will be returned to the taxpayer