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  Animal Shelter                          2396 Genesee, Lapeer, MI  48446
                                                                            Phone:  810-667-0236
Dog Licenses

Lapeer County now issues dog licenses year-round. All dogs age 4 months or older must be licensed. State law was changed so that a dog license cannot expire after the animal's rabies vaccination expires. The goal of the County Treasurer's office and Animal Control is for a dog's license and rabies vaccination to expire in the same month. Presently, Lapeer County issues one year licenses. In the future, three year licenses may be offered.

Dog owners holding current licenses will receive renewal notices in the mail. Licenses may be renewed in person or by mail from Animal Control. For more information, please call 667-0236. Fees for licenses are:

 Puppy      (4-12 months or younger) $12.00
 Spay/Neutered-(1 year  license) $12.00
 Spay/Neutered-(3 year license) * $35.00
 Male/Female-(1 year license) $20.00
 Male/Female-(3 year license) * $55.00
 Delinquent Fees 
    (30 days according to rabies vaccination)
 
Replacement Tags
$50.00$5.00

      *Animal Control now can issue 3 year licenses that expire on the anniversary of the 
             dog's rabies vaccination.  Contact Animal Control for requirements.

Note:  For all persons who purchase a new dog, the fee for the dog license will be the regular amount with proof of receipt that the animal was purchased.

Lapeer County recently updated itsAnimal Control Ordinance, effective August 14, 2008. Copies of the Ordinance are available from Animal Control, the County Clerk or the County Treasurer or may be downloaded from the link above.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. If I don't pay my taxes, will I really lose my house and property?
A. YES. Across the State, thousands of property owners have lost their property to foreclosure, including over 100 in Lapeer County.

Q. What happens once the tax is forwarded to the County Treasurer?
A.
On March 1st, a 4% administration fee and interest of 1% per month is added. After one year, the property is forfeited to the County Treasurer. For example, any 2008 taxes that were still unpaid as of March 1st, 2010 are in forfeiture.

Q. What does it mean for my property to be in forfeiture? Does that mean I lose my property?
A. NO.
Forfeiture is not foreclosure. If your property is in forfeiture, you still have one year before it will be foreclosed; however the interest and fees will be higher. When the property is forfeited, the interest rates increases from 1% to 1.5% per month, retroactive to the date the taxes became delinquent. A $175 fee is also added. (please see timeline for a list of fees added).

Q. What happens after my property is in forfeiture?
A.
After a property has been in forfeiture for one year and the taxes remain unpaid, it will be foreclosed. Unpaid 2008 property taxes will be foreclosed in March 2011.

Q. What happens after my property is foreclosed? How do I get it back?
A. YOU CANNOT GET YOUR PROPERTY BACK AFTER IT HAS BEEN FORECLOSED! FORECLOSURE IS FINAL.
Property that has been foreclosed will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder.

Q. What if I don't have the money to pay all the taxes at once?
A.
You can make partial payments of any amount at any time. To ensure your payment is correctly applied, please write your parcel number on the check or money order. If you can't pay all of your taxes before foreclosure, contact the Department of Human Services at 810-667-0800 for possible financial assistance.

 

Q. Will I receive any notification before my property is foreclosed?
A. YES.
Five notifications are required by law -- two by 1st Class mail, two by certified mail and the last by personal service. In Lapeer County, we will send an additional 3-5 notices. Plus, names and addresses of delinquent property owners will be published in the newspaper. All parties having any recorded interest in the property (lien holders, land contract holders, mortgage holders, etc.) will be notified.

Q. If I refuse to accept the mailed notices, avoid the personal service or transfer ownership of the property, will I avoid foreclosure?
A. NO.
The County Treasurer is only required to make a reasonable effort to notify the person or persons with a legal interest who appear on county records at the time of forfeiture. If you have an unrecorded interest in a property, you can still lose that interest. Newspaper publication will meet the legal requirement for notification.

Q. I am a land contract holder. How can I find out whether or not the taxes are paid?
A.
Property tax records are public information. You are welcome to check on the tax status of any property. Also, the law allows you to receive a copy of all notices sent by the County Treasurer concerning a parcel for a year. The fee for this service is $5 per year.

Q. I guess I really don't have to worry about losing my property for two years. Why not wait and pay my taxes then?
A. DON'T WAIT.
The longer you delay the more expensive it will be. In addition to the fees previously mentioned, personal service fees and any required maintenance or clean up costs will be charged to the property. Also, please note that there is no statutory relief if you fail to pay because of an unanticipated absence, delayed or misdirected mail delivery, poor weather, illness or forgetfulness. FORECLOSURE IS FINAL!

Q. How can I purchase property that has been foreclosed?
A.
Lapeer County will be offering properties at public auction to the highest bidder. The auction dates for 2007 have not yet been set. At the first auction, a minimum bid consisting of all delinquent taxes, interest and fees is required. If all parcels are not sold at the first auction, there will be no minimum bid required at the final auction. A complete list of the properties, estimated minimum bids, and the auction rules and regulations can be obtained from the Lapeer County Treasurer or downloaded from this site after April 10th.

 

 

 

 

 Information on Lapeer County properties is available from the Treasurer's office. With the changes in the Mortgage industry, the Treasurer's office has noticed a dramatic increase in the number of requests for information from Companies that do not maintain or contract with local entities to research this information. In order to maintain a high level of service to Lapeer County residents and respond to the requests from for-profit companies, the Treasurer's office has established the following policy for providing property information. Copies of the reports mentioned in the policy are available upon request. The Treasurer thanks you for your consideration and professionalism in abiding by the policy.

Lapeer County Treasurer Property Information Policy


Click on link above to access tax information
now available on-line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreclosed properties are offered first to the State of Michigan, then to the local units and then to Lapeer County & Lapeer County Land Bank. Properties not purchased by governmental entities will be sold at public auction. The next auction date is still to be determined.  Bidding will start at all taxes and fees incurred on each parcel.

Below you will find links to the following information:

  • Foreclosure List for Lapeer County. The list includes parcels we plan to offer at auction.  An estimated minimum bid has not yet been determined.  It will be added to the foreclosure list once available.

                                                                          

    2019 Foreclosure List                               Tax Foreclosure Sale

  • Policy and application form to apply for a Deferral of Foreclosure due to Financial Hardship for Residential Properties. Please note: this policy is for properties in forfeiture, not foreclosure. Deferral applications will be accepted as late as the date of the administrative hearing in February 10, 2017. Financial Hardship Policy for Residential Properties

 

 

 

                                                                                                  

GIS is now part of the Lapeer County Treasurer's office.  The Treasurer's office has vector maps, orthophotos, aerials, soil maps and digital files available for a fee. It is important when placing a map/ortho/aerial order that you identify the township, section number, and size of the map you desire. If ordering digital products, please specify the file format you require as well.  See below for pricing.

 

RETAIL PRICE SHEET for GIS PRODUCTS
Treasurer@lapeercounty.org

All prices subject to change without notice.

DIGITAL ORTHOPHOTOGRAPHY PLOTS: (2005 Black & White, printed by section/square mile)*

1" = 200'                                               36� x 36�                                               $15.00

1� = 400�                                               18� x 18�                                               $10.00

1� = 600�                                               11� x 17�                                               $  9.00

1� = 800�                                               8.5� x 11�                                              $  8.00

AERIAL PLOTS: (1997 Color or Black & White, printed by section/square mile)*

1" = 200'                                               36" x 36"                                               $15.00

1" = 400'                                               18" x 18"                                               $10.00

1� = 600�                                               11� x 17�                                               $  9.00

1" = 800'                                               8.5" x 11"                                              $  8.00

*ADD PARCEL LINES for an additional $5 per township per page.

*ADD SOIL LINES for an additional $2 per township per page.

~Digital Orthophotography photos are current to 2005.

~Aerials are current to 04-97.

VECTOR MAPS: (basic map layers:  parcels/roads/waters/parcel #�s)

Color                                                       36" x 36"                                               $25.00

Black & White                                        36" x 36"                                               $20.00

Color                                                       18" x 18"                                               $12.50

Black & White                                        18" x 18"                                               $10.00

Color                                                       11" x 17"                                               $  8.00

Black & White                                        11" x 17�                                               $  6.00

Color                                                       8.5" x 11"                                              $  4.00

Black & White                                        8.5" x 11"                                              $  2.50

SOIL MAPS: (per section/square mile)

1� = 800�           Black & White              8.5�x11�                                                $  2.00

XEROX COPIES:

GIS Vector Map                                      8.5" x 11"                                              $  2.00

~Aerial Plots (8.5" x 11") may be copied by the Lapeer County Administration Office (810-667-0366) for a fee.

LARGE FORMAT XEROX COPIES:

Black & White                                        24" x 36"                                               $  4.00

Black & White                                        36" x 48"                                               $  5.00

DIGITAL FILES:

Aerial                                                    *.jpg                                                     $10.00/section

Parcel Layer                                          *.mif, *.txt, *.dxf or *.dbf                                   $    .10/parcel ($5 min.)

~Data can be mailed via first class mail or electronic mail for a fee.

SHIPPING & HANDLING: (all paper items folded unless otherwise specified-extra S&H charges will apply)

Map/Aerial                    8.5�x11�            #10 Envelope                $1.00 for the 1st pg., .25 ea. add�l pg.

Map/Aerial                    11�x17�             Large Envelope             $1.25 for the 1st pg., .50 ea. add�l pg.

Map/Aerial                    18�x18�             Large Envelope             $1.25 for the 1st pg., .50 ea. add�l pg.

Map/Aerial                    36�x36�             Large Envelope             $1.50 for the 1st pg., $1 ea. add�l pg.

                   E-Mail                           There will be a service charge of $5.00 for every two files sent electronically.

                   FAX                                8.5�x11�                                                  $2.00 per pg.

NOTES:

Maps which require data creation or alteration beyond simple re-sizing shall be as noted above with an additional fee

of sixty dollars ($60.00) per hour for all time committed to the creation or alteration of the data.  A minimum fee of
twenty-five dollars ($25.00) will be charged for data alteration or creation in cases where the total time committed
is less than thirty (30) minutes.

~Historical aerials are available for viewing only at the Lapeer County Drain Office (810-667-0371) or the United States Soil Conservation Service (810-664-3941).

~Payment in full is required before any product will be released from this office.  Make checks payable to
LAPEER CO TREASURER. 
Shipping and handling fees will be charged as appropriate:  please call first
to get an exact total.

 

Property Foreclosure Timeline for Tax Year 2014:

  • March 1, 2015- Unpaid 2014 property taxes were forwarded as delinquent to the County Treasurer. 4% administration fee and 1% per month interest was added.

  • October 1, 2015 - $15 fee was added to each unpaid parcel.

     

  • March 1, 2014- Property will be forfeited to County Treasurer. The following fees were added:

    • $175 title search fee

    • $10 recording fee for forfeiture certificate

    • $10 recording fee for redemption certificate

    • Interest increased from 1% per month to 1.5 % per month retroactive to date the taxes became delinquent. (net result: 7.5% interest is added)

    • Additional interest, recording and service fees will accumulate throughout the succeeding year, including, but limited to, the fees listed below.

       

  • August 2016-- Properties will be visited and posted with Circuit Court hearing notice. A fee of $20 will be added on August 1, 2016.   

  • November 2016-- Certified notice of foreclosure hearing will be mailed to all owners of interest. A fee of approximately $6.50 per notice will be added to each parcel. Because of legal requirements that spouses each receive a separate notice, parcels average 2-5 notices each ($13-$35 fee will be added November 1, 2011.)

     

  • December 2016 -- Property addresses, legal descriptions, and the names of all persons having an interest in any delinquent properties will be published in The County Press. A fee of about $90 will be added December 1, 2012.
     

  • February 10, 2016 -- Administrative hearing is held to review applications for Deferrals due to Financial Hardship.
     

  • February 27, 2017 -- Circuit court hearing is held.  Court will enter a judgment of foreclosure.
     

  • The LAST DAY TO PAY is MARCH 31, 2017.  On April 1, 2017, clear title to the property passes to the county. 
    YOU CANNOT GET IT BACK!

  • July/August 2017 -- property is sold at public auction.

 

 

BUSINESS HOURS

Monday thru Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday – Closed

 

HOLIDAYS FOR 2016

(The Treasurer's office will be closed in observance of the following holidays)

 

January 1st – New Year’s Day

January 18th – Martin Luther King Day

February 15th – President’s Day

May 30th – Memorial Day

July 4th – 4th of July

September 5th – Labor Day

November 11th – Veteran’s Day

November 24th & 25th – Thanksgiving Day

December 24rd – Christmas Eve

December 25th – Christmas Day

December 31st – New Year’s Eve

 

HARDSHIP POLICY & FORMS

Policy and application form to apply for a Deferral of Foreclosure due to Financial Hardship for Residential Properties. Please note: this policy is for properties in forfeiture, not foreclosure. Deferral applications will be accepted as late as the date of the administrative hearing in February 10, 2017.

Financial Hardship Policy & form for Residential Properties

Policy and application form to apply for a Deferral of Foreclosure for Commercial and Industrial Properties. Deferral applications will be accepted as late as the date of the administrative hearing in February 10, 2017.

Financial Hardship Policy and form for Commercial and Industrial Properties 

Policy and application form to apply for a Deferral of Foreclosure due to Financial Hardship for Residential Properties. Please note: this policy is for properties in forfeiture, not foreclosure. Deferral applications will be accepted as late as the date of the administrative hearing in February 10, 2017.

Financial Hardship Policy & form for Residential Properties

Policy and application form to apply for a Deferral of Foreclosure for Commercial and Industrial Properties. Deferral applications will be accepted as late as the date of the administrative hearing in February 10, 2017.

Financial Hardship Policy and form for Commercial and Industrial Properties 

 WHERE TO GET HELP

1.) The best way to get your taxes paid is to save the money yourself. If you need help in budgeting or money management counseling, contact:  Greenpath Debt Solutions, Flint, (810) 230-1077. This non-profit agency can provide debt management services where they receive your salary check and then pay your creditors.

Love, Inc., 245-2414. Regular series of money management classes.

Hispanic Service Center, 724-3665. Budget counseling and translation.

Blue Water Center for Independent Living, 664-9098. Counselors and advocates for people with disabilities.

MSU Extension, 667-0341. on a case-by-case basis.

Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, (810) 239-8831. Regular Property Tax Clinics

Housing Resource Center, 664-0255. Assist with budgeting and finding housing-related resources or financing

Veterans Department, 667-0256. For veterans and families.

2) Personal resources that you have. See if any of them can loan you money.

      Your family or friends
Your church
Your bank, credit union, etc.
Ask a club, service organization or labor union to which you belong.

3.) 

4.) 3) Angel Food Ministries takes orders for food on a monthly basis � About $65 worth of food for $30. No income limits. Call Faith Christian Family Church at 810-667-5077or Dryden Wesleyan Church at 810-796-2157.

 

5.) 4) Do you want to cut your current tax bill? Apply at your Township or City offices for a Poverty Exemption. This is an annual exemption that can cut or eliminate your current property taxes. You must apply by December 1, 2016 for the 2016 tax year.

Do not wait!

 

Information about DHS
(Department of Human Services)


If your household income meets the Lapeer County Annual Income Guideline, or if you have some extraordinary, one-time expenses (healthcare, fire, etc.) contact the Lapeer County Treasurer's Office for an application for a
Financial Hardship Deferral of Foreclosure. Completed applications should be returned to the Treasurer's office as soon as possible. A Hearing will be held February 10, 2017 to review the applications.


 

If a deferral is granted, the full amount of taxes, interest, penalties and fees is still owed. However, the property is withheld from Foreclosure for one year. Except in unusual circumstances, this is a one-time, non-renewable deferral. Please call 810-667-0239 if you have any questions.