Tax bills are sent out in July and December of each year. The summer bill is due, without interest, September 14 and the winter bill is due, without interest, February 14. We collect 1% penalty (after February 14) until February 28th. Interest on summer bills is 1% from September 15- 30th and 1% for each month after. Winter bills are charged a 1% penalty from February 15 - 28. As of March 1st all unpaid tax bills are sent to Oakland County for delinquent collection. Each unit has a different fiscal year; the 2016 time periods covered for each unit are as follows:
Summer Winter Fiscal Year
OCC 100% 7-1-16 to 6-30-17
ISD 100% 7-1-16 to 6-30-17
SET 100% 10-1-16 to 9-30-17
Oakland County 100% 10-1-15 to 9-30-16
Highland Township 100% 1-1-17 to 12-31-17
OC Parks and HCMA Parks 100% 1-1-17 to 12-31-17
Zoo & Detroit Art Institute 100% 1-1-17 to 12-31-17
You may claim a principal residence exemption (PRE), and therefore a lower tax rate, if you own and occupy your home before June 1st. Non-PRE properties are rental or second homes, commercial and vacant properties. 2016 rates were 30.914 for PRE properties and 48.8132 for non-PRE properties.
If you need to change the name or address on a property call our assessing department at 887-3791 x 3.
To figure out your tax bill take the millage rate times your taxable value divided by 1000. Example:
A home has a SEV of 75,000 and a Taxable value of 50,000
You can access your property tax information 24 hours a day on the Oakland County Tax Hot Line. You need your 10-digit parcel ID number. The Tax Hot Line can be reached at 248-858-0025 or 1-888-600-3773. There is no charge to use this service. You can find your parcel ID number on your tax bill, assessment notice or your warranty deed. We can get it for your based on your address or map location.
We accept partial payments, no minimum for Township collection. If your bill goes delinquent to Oakland County for collection the minimum payment is $25.00.
Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt you from interest or penalties. If you do not receive a bill, please contact the Treasurer's office at 887-3791 X 4.
Qualified taxpayers with annual income under $40,000 can apply for a deferment on your summer tax bill. This allows your summer taxes to be paid, without penalty, before February 14th without any interest. You must apply for a deferment before September 14th. Deferment forms are available in the Treasurer's office and will be automatically sent to you each year once you have applied.
Payments are accepted by cash or check. On line credit card or e-check payments will be accepted through www.paylocaltaxes.com , Oakland County's website or the tax hotline (248-858-0025 or 888-600-3773) There will be a convenience fee estimated at 2.75% charged for credit cards or a flat fee of 2.50 for e-check payments. For collections, the Township office has a drop box, an addressed envelope is included with your tax bill, or the Treasurer's office is open Monday through Friday.
If you have any questions please contact the Treasurers office at 248-887-3791 ext 4.