Frequently Asked Questions
The City’s operating millage rate on the 2019 summer taxes is 14.3562. The City’s 2015 Unlimited Tax General Obligation Bond millage on the 2019 summer taxes for road improvements is 1.7789. The total 2019 millage rate for Principal Residence is 44.5735. Non-Principal Residence property is 62.5735. The total Industrial Personal millage rate is 38.5735 and the total Commercial Personal millage rate is 50.57357. Those rates include millages for the City, Public Schools, Intermediate Schools, County, State Education Tax and District Library.
There are two tax bills during the year, summer and winter. The summer bill is issued July 1st and due August 31st to avoid penalty and interest charges. The winter bill is issued December 1st and due February 14th to avoid a 3% penalty. If due date falls on a day City Hall is closed, payment will be accepted on the next business day without a penalty. Eligible taxpayers can defer their summer tax bill.
Taxes may be paid through February at City Hall. Beginning March 1st, taxes need to be paid at the Lenawee County Treasurer’s office at the old courthouse in Adrian, with the exception of business owners that have personal property taxes. Personal property taxes are paid at City Hall, while the real property taxes are paid at the Lenawee County Treasurer’s office, phone: 517-264-4554.
Fire service, police service, garbage pickup, street cleaning, street maintenance; snow plowing, parks and recreation, cemetery and administrative services.
City 2015 Unlimited Tax General Obligation Bond
Voter approved millage for road improvements in the City of Tecumseh.
LISD (Lenawee Intermediate School District):
Amount paid to the Lenawee Intermediate School District. For questions, contact the school at (517) 265.2119.
State Education Tax (SET):
Amount that is paid to the State of Michigan for the schools.
Amount that is paid to the Tecumseh Public Schools. For questions, contact Dr. Kelly Coffin, Superintendent, at the Tecumseh School Board Office at (517) 423.2167.
Tecumseh District Library:
Voter approved millage for operation of the Tecumseh School District Library located in the City of Tecumseh.
Amount paid to Lenawee County for services performed by the county, such as police, snow plowing, and street maintenance. Questions on the county's millage should be directed to Martin Marshall, County Administrator at (517) 264.4508.
Department on Aging:
Voter approved tax that is paid to Lenawee County for senior citizen programs, including Meals on Wheels, foster grandparent program, senior centers, and assistance for seniors to help keep them at home. Please direct questions to Tom MacNaughton, Director at (517) 264.5285.
Voter approved tax that is paid to Lenawee County for the Adrian Health Care Center; the county owned nursing home for seniors on Sand Creek Highway in Adrian. This tax goes to what is known as "maintenance of effort". The State of Michigan pays for this through grants, but in order to receive the money the local unit (county) must pay a small portion. Any questions, please direct to Kathy Aube, Administrator at (517) 263.6794.
State statute millage levied by Lenawee County to provide funding for veterans who meet a certain criterion. Please direct questions to Tammy Sheldon of the Veteran’s office at (517) 264-5337. If you have a question regarding the actual millage please contact Lenawee County Equalization Department at (517) 264.4522.
All owners of real and personal property in the city pay City property taxes. Real property represents land and buildings. Personal property represents furniture, fixtures, and machinery and equipment used in the operation of a business in the City. Property taxes are calculated by multiplying the taxable value of the property by the millage rate and dividing by 1,000. One mill equals $1 per $1,000 of taxable value. The taxable value is determined each year by the City Assessor. When you purchase property, the taxable value will uncap the following year, so your taxes will not be the same as the year you purchased the property. After the first year, the taxable value can only increase the rate of inflation or 5% whichever is less. The Assessed Value, which represents 50% of the true market value of the property, is not capped and is based on a sales study. Each taxing authority sets its own millage rate each year.
July 1st - June 30th.
MCL 211.2 of the General Property Tax Act provides that buyers and sellers may agree to prorate taxes in any manner in which they see fit. If a buyer and seller, between themselves, agree to treat taxes as though paid in advance, then that is how the taxes are to be prorated. If this method were used, then the buyer would be totally liable for a tax bill issued later in the calendar year in which the property was purchased. If they agree to treat the taxes as paid in arrears, that tax bill along with any earlier tax bill issued for that year is combined and prorated according to how long each party owned the property that year.
- Bringing the original tax bill.
- Paying on or before the due date.
- Paying the total amount due.
Taxes can also be paid by completing an ACH form online under forms and reports or completing an ACH form at City Hall and choosing one of the three (3) dates available for payment for each tax bill.
- Be 62 years of age or older, including the unmarried surviving spouse of a person who was 62 years of age or older at the time of death.
- Be a Paraplegic, Hemiplegic, or Quadriplegic.
- Be an eligible Serviceperson, eligible Veteran, eligible widow or widower.
- Be a blind person.
- Be totally and permanently disabled.
No. However, if you meet the requirements for deferring your summer taxes and can show a copy of your Homestead Property Tax credit form to the Treasurer’s Office, which was filed before February 14th, and you have not received a check yet, but the check is received during the remaining two weeks in February, any penalty that would be due will be waived.
The City does not accept postmark. After the due date, please contact the Treasurer’s office by phone or email to obtain the correct amount due.
If you do not pay personal property taxes, the Treasurer is authorized to seize and sell at public auction the amount of personal property to satisfy the taxes.
Yes. If you do not pay your yearly payment or invoice, the yearly payment or invoice amount will appear on your summer tax bill along with delinquent water/sewer bills and miscellaneous invoices.