Tax and Assessing Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Summer taxes are sent out on July 1 and are due and payable through August 31st. A 3% late fee will be assessed on September 1st. The City does not accept postmarked mail as the payment date, nor does it waive penalties.
Winter taxes are sent out on December 1st and are due and payable through February 14th. A 3% late fee will be assessed on February 15th. Payments will be accepted at City Hall until February 28th. The City does not accept postmarked mail as the payment date, nor does it waive penalties. After February 29th, taxes are considered delinquent and must be mailed to the Newaygo County Treasurer's Office, PO Box 885, White Cloud, MI 49349. Please make sure to contact them at (231) 689-7230, as additional charges may be incurred at that time.
Tax Payment or to View Tax Information
To make a tax payment or to view assessing information please go to: https://bsaonline.com/?uid=543
Taxes can be mailed in, paid online (with additional fees), dropped in the City's mail drop box (located by the double entry doors off back parking lot), by phone (with additional fees), by E-check or physically brought into City Hall.
Message to Taxpayers: Due to possible USPS mailing delays and longer mailing times starting in October 2021; please make sure to give ample time when mailing in your tax payment(s). Postmarks are not accepted and interest will be applied if received after the due date. Please do not rely on the USPS to get your mail to City Hall in a timely manner. The USPS has put this information out in the news and there mailing times are changing from 1-3 days to 3-5 or longer. This message will also be on the 2021 Winter Tax bills that are being sent out on December 1st.
Some links to important, most requested documents:
Property Transfer Affidavit
Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) Affidavit
Request to Rescind Principal Residence Exemption (PRE)
Defer Summer Tax Form
Poverty Exemption Information
MCL 211.7u provides for a property tax exemption, in whole or part, for the principal residence of persons who, by reason of poverty, are unable to contribute to the public charges. For purposes of the poverty exemption, the term "principal residence" means how principal residence exemption and qualified agricultural property are defined in MCL 211.7dd. The exemption does not apply to property of a corporation.
How To Apply For The Poverty Exemption
To request a poverty exemption, a taxpayer must file the two forms below, plus all required additional documentation (such as federal/state income tax returns - please call for additional paperwork from City Hall):
Poverty Exemption Form
Affirmation of Ownership & Occupancy to Remain Exempt by Reason of Poverty Form
The two forms above, along with any additional documentation, must be filed with the local assessing unit where the property is located. Do not file these forms with the Department of Treasury or the State Tax Commission. The forms may be submitted to the local assessing unit on or after January 1 but before the day prior to the last day of the December Board of Review during the year in which the exemption is requested.
Taxpayers should contact the local assessing unit directly to verify deadline dates for submission of the forms to ensure the application gets reviewed by a Board of Review during that calendar year.
In addition to filing the two forms above and any support documentation, a taxpayer must do all the following to be eligible for the poverty exemption:
- Own and occupy the property as a principal residence.
- Provide federal and state income tax returns for the current or immediately preceding year, including any property tax credits, for all person residing in the principal residence (disclosure of the income of an owner who is not residing in the principal residence is not required). Federal and state income tax returns are not required for a person residing in the principal residence if that person was not required to file a federal or state income tax return. Instead, Form 4988, Poverty Exemption Affidavit may be filed for all persons residing in the residence who were not required to file federal or state income tax returns in the current or immediately preceding year.
- Produce a valid driver license or other form of identification, if requested.
- Produce a deed, land contract, or other evidence of ownership of the property, if requested.
- Meet the federal poverty guidelines published in the prior calendar year in the Federal Register by the United States Department of Health and Human Services or alternative guidelines adopted by the local assessing unit. The alternative guidelines cannot provide income eligibility requirements less than the federal guidelines.
- Meet the asset level test adopted by the local assessing unit.
City of Newaygo Treasurer:
(231) 652-1657 ext. 222
What is the treasurer responsible for?
The treasurer is responsible for performing professional fund management, tax administration, financial administration including budget control, investments, accounting, and auditing. He/she keeps and deposits all money or funds in such a manner and only in such places as the council may determine, reporting the same detail to the city manager. This person also collects payments for city taxes and all other fees and payments. In addition, the treasurer plays a principal role in municipal borrowing, and manages tax title accounts. Overall, the treasurer serves as the municipality's cash manager.
Summer taxes will be sent out on July 1 and be due and payable on/or by August 31st (unless this date falls on a weekend). A 3% late fee will be assessed on September 1st. The City does not accept postmarked mail as the payment date, nor does it waive penalties.
Winter taxes will be sent out on December 1st, and be due and payable on/or by February 14th (unless this date falls on a weekend). A 3% late fee will be assessed on February 15th. Payments will be accepted at City Hall until February 28th. The City does not accept postmarked mail as the payment date, nor does it waive penalties. After February 28th taxes are considered delinquent and must be mailed to the Newaygo County Treasurer's Office, PO Box 885, White Cloud, MI 49349. Please make sure to contact them at 231.689.7230, as additional charges may be incurred at that time.
City of Newaygo Assessor:
231.652.1657 ext. 216
Offices Hours: 1st and 3rd Monday's of every month from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
What does the Assessor do?
The assessment of properties for the purpose of property taxes is the responsibility of the assessor or supervisor of each individual city, village and township within the State of Michigan. The assessor is accountable for two basic duties when assessing their municipality. He or she must inventory and list all properties within the municipality. Then all taxable property must be justifiably appraised each year in accordance with the Michigan General Property Tax Laws. The outcome of these two duties is the annual assessment roll on which taxes will be levied. The tax bill is determined by multiplying the taxable value after the application of all applicable equalization factors by the millage rates set by the various school boards, city councils, township boards and the county commission.
The goal of Michigan assessors is to produce the fairest possible assessment roll each year. By measuring sales against appraised values and assessed values, the assessor can work to bring assessments close to the mandated level of fifty percent of market value and establish an equitable assessment roll. In order to best accomplish this, the assessor needs the cooperation of taxpayers and other professionals in providing the needed data to allow for a proper estimate of the values of properties.
How May We Help?
City of Newaygo
28 State Road
Newaygo, Michigan 49337
Phone (231) 652-1657
Monday through Friday, 7:30a-4:00p
Emergency: Phone 911