Stamas property tax notice flexibility bill signed

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Stamas to revise the timeframe in which county treasurers may send delinquent property tax notices.

“Under previous state law, even if county treasurers had completed their work prior to June 1, they needed to wait to send notices to the property owners about unpaid property taxes,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “This is a common sense solution to make the process more efficient by giving county treasurers flexibility on when they can send out these notices.”

Prior to Stamas’ bill being signed, county treasurers were required to send certified abandoned property notices to property owners 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, now Public Act 202 of 2015, allows the county treasurer to send the notices “on or within 60 days before” the June 1 and Sept. 1 notification dates.

“This illustrates the importance of meeting people in the district and listening to their concerns,” Stamas said. “I try to stop by local government offices throughout the district to listen to what is happening in the community and learn about issues at the local level. This reform resulted from a county treasurer telling me about this issue during a visit.”

SB 349 was supported by the Michigan Association of County Treasurers and the Michigan Department of Treasury.