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Canton Admin. Building
1150 Canton Center Rd. S
Canton, MI 48188
Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Township Treasurer

Melissa McLaughlin
1150 Canton Center S.

Treasurer's Office Hours
8:30am-4:30pm M-F

Tax Inquiries
Phone: 734/394-5130
Fax: 734/394-5139

Water Billing Questions
Fax: 734/394-5239

Township Treasurer


Township Treasurer
1150 Canton Center S.
Tax Inquiries:
Water Billing:


The Treasurer's office is open 8:30am-4:30pm M-F.

Treasurer's office is responsible for:

  • Maintaining the Property Tax Rolls
  • Mailing out Semi-annual property tax statements
  • Semi-annual property tax payments
  • Quarterly Water Bill payments
  • Selling Recycling Bins $10 each
  • Recording and filing Property Transfer Affidavits
  • Recording and filing Principal Residence Exemption forms
  • Recording and filing Rescinded Principal Residence Exemption
  • Accepting payments for Permits; dog licenses; Recycle bins

If you have questions or need assistance, please call: 734-394-5130

Property Taxes

Property taxes are mailed out twice a year: July 1st, and December 1st.

Interest Schedule
September 15-30, 1%December 1-31, 4%
October 1-30, 2%January 1-31, 5%
November 1-30, 3%February 1-14, 6%
  • Summer property taxes are due no later than September 14th (unless it falls on a weekend, then the next business day by 4:30pm)
  • Winter property taxes are due no later than February 14th (unless it falls on a weekend, then the next business day by 4:30pm)
    • After 2/14 a 3% penalty will be charged.
    • Payments are posted as received, not the date the check is written.
  • No tax payments are accepted after 2/28

The "rules"

  • If you did not receive a tax bill, please call us. Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt you from penalties and interest.
    • If you're going to be OUT OF TOWN during the tax season, call us. We can mail to your temporary address.
    • You cannot pay your taxes before they are issued.
  • Checks are accepted as a "conditional payment" subject to clearing your bank. Check/payments returned NSF will be charged $25. The taxes will not be "paid" until funds have been restored.
  • Errors and Omissions - it happens! If you find an error please bring it in or call us. We will investigate it and make it right!

General Information on Taxes

  • Property taxes are levied on your TAXABLE VALUE, which is issued by the Assessor's office every February.
  • A closer look at your property taxes.
  • Property tax calculator:
  • Current property tax rates:
  • FAQ
  • Paying your property taxes:
    • A 24 hour Drop Box is located outside the main entrance of the Canton Township Administration building. Please be sure to include the BILL NUMBER or the PROPERTY TAX ID number on your check so we may be sure to credit the right property. DO NOT SUBMIT CASH through the drop box.
    • At the window: We are open M-F 8:30am-4:30pm (unless it is a scheduled holiday or furlough day)
    • On line: You may pay your property taxes online at:
    • By Mail: Send your check/money order to:
      Canton Township Treasurer
      PO Box 87010
      Canton, MI 48187
    • We accept Cash, Personal Checks, Bank Checks, Master Card, Discover Card, and Visa.
      • Note: There is a $3.95 charge for debit card use;
      • 2.5% charge for any payment over $160 for credit cards. This charge is levied by the banks.
    • Do you want a Paid Receipt?
      • By mail: please enclose a SASE and the ENTIRE BILL along with your check. We will stamp it paid and we'll mail it back.
      • At the counter: Bring in the entire bill, we will stamp the bill paid when we process your payment.



  • Senior Tax Deferrals
    Tax payments for qualifying Seniors, veterans, service persons, or qualified people with disabilities may be deferred without interest or penalties. Forms are available in the Treasurer's office. These deferments must be filled out for each tax season to be enacted.
    • Summer taxes Deferrals
      • You Must:
        • Be 62 or older (including the un-remarried surviving spouse of a person who was 62 years of age or older at the time of death) -or-
        • Be an eligible service person/veteran/widow/widower -or-
        • Totally and permanently disabled, blind, paraplegic, quadriplegic, hemiplegic
        • AND have a total household income of $40,000 or less
      • Forms are available in the Treasurer's office
      • Must be filed prior to 9/14 every year you qualify
      • Taxes paid without interest/penalty until 2/14
    • Winter Tax Deferrals
      • You Must:
        • Meet the criteria for the Summer Tax Deferral AND
        • Have applied for a property tax credit before February 14
        • Have not received your refund before March 1; and
        • Present a copy of the property tax credit form to our office
        • Pay your Winter property taxes without penalty or interest to the Wayne County Treasurer no later than 4/30
  • Military tax exemptions
    Real estate used and owned as a homestead by a soldier, sailor who was discharged under honorable conditions with a service connected disability and who has a certificate from the U.S. Veterans Administration, or its successors, certifying the soldier/sailor is receiving VA benefits due to the service connected disability, is now eligible for a 100% relief from property taxes IF she/he:
    • Has been determined by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans' benefits at the 100% rate -OR-
    • Has a certificate from the US Veterans Administration certifying that he/she is receiving or has received monetary assistance due to disability for specially adapted housing -OR-
    • Has been rated by the US Veterans Administration as individually unemployable -OR-
    • Is the un-married, surviving spouse of a disabled veteran that qualified for one of the above
    • Affidavits must be filed annually between January 1st and the final adjournment of the December Board of Review.
    • Affidavits are available in the Canton Assessors' Department or here.
  • Hardship Applications
    People who qualify due to low household income may appeal a "hardship" and petition the Board of Review to reduce their taxes on an annual basis.
    • Hardship is defined by meeting certain income standards set forth by the "Federal Poverty Guidelines" for our area.
      • In 2011 for a family of 4, income could be no greater than $22,100
    • Hardship Applications must be turned in by the end of February every year to qualify
    • Hardship Applications are available at the Assessors' office

Questions? Please give us a call: Treasurer's office 734-394-5130 or Assessors' office: 734-394-5111.

New property owners

Welcome to canton! You will need to file several forms, usually included with your closing papers with the Treasurer's office

By State Law Buyers Must:

  • Property Transfer Affidavit (PTA) must be filed within 45 days of closing.
  • Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) - also know as a "Homestead". If you (the new owner) are planning on owning AND OCCUPYING this home as your Principal Residence you are exempted from paying 18 mills in school operating taxes. This form must be filed NO LATER than June 1st to have the exemption apply to your Summer property taxes.
    • PRE has NO effect on your Winter taxes
    • If your new home wasn't owner occupied at the time you purchased it, and you file after June 1st, your summer taxes will NOT have the Homestead/PRE Exemption on them.
    • If your new home was occupied by the former owner at the time of sale, the property is considered "Homesteaded" for the year. You must still file the paperwork.

By State Law Sellers Must:

Mortgage Assistance

Recycling Bins are available at the Treasurer's office during business hours; $10 each.


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