Chippewa County Treasurer
319 Court Street
Sault Ste. Marie, 49783
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays)
*All tax information must be obtained over the phone, not through e-mail.
Elected to a four-year term, the County Treasurer serves as the custodian of all County funds, and as such is responsible for receipting, recording and investing all money deposited with the County. The Treasurer is also responsible for maintaining debt service accounts for all the bonded indebtedness of the County.
Beginning March 1st of each year the Treasurer collects delinquent real property taxes and following an extensive notification title work process a court order is issued which allows for the sale of properties which are more than 24 months delinquent. The County Treasurer also serves as the agent of the delinquent tax revolving fund, through which the County is able to forward to local units the amount of delinquent taxes due and owing on real property.
The Treasurer is responsible for the certification of deeds and other real estate title transfers prior to recording the documents.
The Treasurer is a member of the Plat Board, the Elections Commission, the County Apportionment Commission and the County Economic Development Corporation.
What Every Property Owner Should Know
Public Act 123 of 1999 shortens the amount of time property owners have to pay their delinquent taxes before losing their property. Property owners with taxes that are two years old go into forfeiture, which means the additional fees and higher rate of interest apply. When the tax is 3 years old, the property is foreclosed on and will be sold at public auction.
For example, people who fail to pay their 2013 property taxes will lose their property to foreclosure in March, 2016.
With this new act, the amount of time to pay taxes has been reduced from approximately five years to approximately two and a half years.
Property owners face high interest and fees for not paying their taxes. Taxes that are delinquent for more than one year will have a substantially higher interest rate (1.5% per month, as opposed to the current 1%). After one year, taxes will have a $175 forfeiture fee and additional administrative fees added to them.