Senate OKs Stamas property tax notice flexibility bill

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Stamas to revise the timeframe in which county treasurers may send delinquent property tax notices.

“I try to stop by local offices throughout the district to get a sense of what is happening in the community and learn about issues at the local level. This matter was raised by a county treasurer during a visit,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Under current state law, even if a county treasurer has completed their work prior to June 1, they must wait to send notices to the property owners about unpaid property taxes. Giving county treasurers flexibility on when they can send out these notices is a common sense solution that will make the process more efficient.”

Under state law, the county treasurer is required to send a certified abandoned property notice to a property owner on June 1 or Sept. 1, whichever date immediately succeeds the date that unpaid taxes are returned to the treasurer as delinquent.

Senate Bill 349 would allow the county treasurer to send the notices “on or within 60 days before” the June 1 and Sept. 1 notification dates.

SB 349 is supported by the Michigan Association of County Treasurers and the Michigan Department of Treasury. The bill has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.