Clinton County, Michigan


1015 Baese Court, P.O. Box 136, Ovid, MI 48866

Phone: (989)834-2838  Fax: (989)834-2710


Tax Information

Tax Collecting Hours & Payment Options

Winter Tax Collection Hours & Payment Options


Winter hall collection hours are Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, also anytime the treasurer is at the hall.  The treasurer drives a green Ford pickup, so if it is at the hall, please feel free to stop in.  If the treasurer is going to be out of the office on Wednesdays, she will post alternate hours on the door and on her phone message.  Tax payments can also be mailed, (as of now, we still accept postmarks, but on the recommendation of the county treasurer, this is the last tax season that those will be accepted as date of payment and be aware that if you pay through a bank, their envelopes do not have post marks), or left in the drop box at the hall.  We are now accepting payments through Point and Pay. If you want to pay taxes via phone, please call 888-272-9829.  7170 is the jurisdiction code you will use for Ovid Township when prompted or pay online at https://accessmygov.com/?uid=382.

We do accept cash payments, but these must be for the exact amount of taxes due.  The fee for credit/debit card payments is 3.0% . The fee for eCheck payments is only $3.00.  The third party payment company, not the township, is charging these fees.  You may also set up an account to pay taxes at BS & A, which is the software company we use for taxes, general ledger and accounts payable: http://OvidTwp.is.bsasoftware.com


Receipts will be sent upon request, you DO NOT have to send a stamped self-addressed envelope.   Receipts will be provided electronically, if a valid email address is included with your tax payment. 


Check  / Pay Property Taxes


For your convenience, you may review property tax status and pay property taxes via the internet. This information is free to township residents. For individuals outside Ovid Township there is a fee of $2.00, payable by credit card. Click on the following link to set up an account and pay taxes:  https://accessmygov.com/?uid=382


If you want to pay taxes via phone, please call 888-272-9829.  7170 is the jurisdiction code you will use for Ovid Township when prompted.

General Tax Information


Summer taxes are due July 1st through September14th, (the following Monday if this date falls on a weekend) without penalty.  Treasurers must hold office hours (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) the date summer taxes are due.  After the due date, taxes are considered past due and are subject to a 1% per month interest fee.  Summer taxes can continue to be paid to the township through February 28th (the following Monday if this date falls on a weekend).  Winter taxes are due December 1st through February 14th (the following Monday if this date falls on a weekend) without penalty.  Treasurers must hold office hours (9:00 am – 5:00 p,) the date winter taxes are due.  After the due date, taxes are still collected at Ovid Township through the 28th of February.  On March 1st, taxes are turned over as delinquent to Clinton County.  The treasurer must hold office hours one day between December 25th and December 31st.  Outside of the legally mandated dates shown above, a treasurer may choose tax collection/office hours as needed.  


Summer Tax Deferment


Provisions of the General Property Tax Act, Public Act 206 of 1893, as amended, allows local tax collecting units to defer the collection of taxes for property owners who meet strict eligibility requirements set forth in the act. An owner may file a completed deferment of property tax form with his or her city or township treasurer by the designated deadline. A valid deferment permits property taxes to be paid at a later date as long as the new payment deadline is met.  Payment MUST be received on or before February 14th to avoid penalty and interest.  To determine eligibility requirements, you may download Form 471 “Application for Deferment of Summer Taxes” from the Michigan Department of Treasury website Click Here or you may contact the Ovid Township Treasurer, Nancy Hughson at 834-2838, Ext. #10 or via email at Treasurer@ovidtwp.com.

How are my Township Property Taxes determined?


Your property taxes are determined by multiplying the tax rate (set by local government entities) by the taxable value of your property.

What is a Mill?

The Mill Levy and Tax Rate are two different methods of expressing the same information.  A Tax Rate is expressed in percentage, a Mill Levy is expressed in mills (1 mill = $1 of property tax for every $1,000 of assessed value).  Each taxing entity determines what revenues will be required to operate the entity during the coming fiscal year. The required revenues are then divided by the total assessed value to determine the tax rate/mill levy per entity.


Example: Say the total assessed value for the township as determined by the assessor is $100,000,000.

The Township Board determines the budgeted property tax revenues to be $1,398,000.

$1,398,000 (tax revenue) divided by $100,000,000 (assessed value) = 1.3980% (Tax Rate) or 13.98 Mills (Mill Levy)

Therefore the township tax rate in this example is $13.98 in tax liability for each $1,000 of assessed value.

Properties may be affected by several taxing entities. To determine your Total Tax Rate, sum the tax rates for each entity that impacts the property.


Headlee... and Proposal A


The tax calculation must also consider the restrictions established by Section 31 of the Headlee Amendment which pertains to local government.  It requires that voters approve local government tax increases not authorized by law or charter prior to November 1978 (that is, any local taxes not already in place at the time the Headlee amendment was adopted have to be approved by the people who will pay them). This section also provides that if the definition of the base of an existing tax is broadened, the maximum authorized tax rate on the new base must be reduced to yield the same revenue as the tax on the prior base; for example, if the tax base was increased from $1,000,000 to $1,100,000, and the tax rate was one mill, the millage would have to be reduced to .909 mill, so that the yield would be the same— $1,000—as that generated by the one mill on the original tax base.


A key provision of this section limits revenue from property-assessment increases.  If the assessed value of a local unit’s total taxable property, excluding new construction and improvements, increases by more than the inflation rate, the maximum authorized property tax rate must be reduced so that the local’s total taxable property yields the same gross revenue, adjusted for inflation, as collected on it at its prior assessed value.  The assessment on individual property still could increase more than the inflation rate, because the limit applies to all property combined, not each parcel.


The Headlee provision’s importance has been reduced by Michigan's Proposal A, because the latter imposes a limit on assessment increases that is more restrictive than that imposed by the Headlee amendment. 

Proposal A increased the state sales and use tax rates from 4% to 6%, limited annual increases in property tax assessments, exempted school operating millages from uniform taxation requirement and requires 3/4 vote of Legislature to exceed statutorily established school operating millage rates. This constitutional amendment:


• Limited annual assessment increase for each property parcel to 5% or the inflation rate, whichever is less.  When property is sold or transferred, adjusted the assessment to the property's current value.


• Increased the sales/use tax.  Dedicate additional revenue to schools.


• Exempted school operating millages from uniform taxation requirement.


• Required 3/4 vote of Legislature to exceed school operating millage rates.


• Activated laws raising additional school revenues through taxation including partial restoration of property tax.


• Nullified alternative laws raising school revenues through taxation, including an increase income tax, personal exemption increase, and partial restoration of property taxes.

Policy For Viewing Assessing Records

Anyone wishing to get property card information or any other assessing information may call the Assessor Diane Dowler at 810-635-9596 or Fax their request to 810-635-0561.

Property Transfer Affidavits, Principal Residence Exemptions, Principal Residence Rescinds, etc can be mailed to:

Ovid Township Assessor

Diane Dowler

11236 Reid Road

Swartz Creek, MI 48473


Or may be left in drop box located at:


1015 Baese Court

Ovid, MI 48866