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The Treasurer’s Department is responsible for the billing, collection and deposits of monies due to the City (including property taxes, water & sewer bills, invoices and monies collected by other City departments) and the management and investments of idle funds.

Juli O'Byrant is the City's Treasurer and can be reached between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 695-3844 extension 16 or she can be emailed at jobryant@cityofbuchanan.com

Along with the City property taxes, this office is also responsible for the billing and collection of various school district taxes and distribution of these taxes to the appropriate school district.

This department also prepares and maintains the City’s financial records according to State Law and the City Charter and assists in the preparation and maintenance of the annual budget.


General Property Tax Information

Your annual property taxes are determined by multiplying the number of mills assessed, times each $1,000 increment of the assessment on your home (homes are assessed at one-half of their market value). Tax levy is based on the taxable value, not assessed value of your property. Taxes are billed twice each year on July 1st and on December 1st.

Summer 2016 Taxes are due on or before August 10, 2016. After this date, a 4% penalty is assessed.

July 1st will be the larger of the tax bills as it includes the taxes for the City of Buchanan, Buchanan School District, Lake Michigan College, Berrien County Intermediate School District, State Education and Dial-a-Ride, and a portion of the County tax.

December 1st tax billing will include Berrien County (County General, 911 System, Law Enforcement, Senior Center), Buchanan District Library and SMCAS taxes.

Winter 2016 Taxes will be due on or before February 14, 2017. After this date a 3% penalty is assessed through February 28, 2017. March 1st all taxes are to be paid to:

Berrien County Treasurer’s Office
701 Main Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085-1392
269-684-5274 Extension 8569

The City cannot collect delinquent taxes nor can we answer any delinquent tax questions. All delinquent tax inquiries will be forwarded to the County Treasurer’s Department.

For a detailed explanation of how your taxes are broken down and where the money goes please click on this link for a printable document which provides all of that information.



Qualifications for Deferral of Summer Taxes

Homeowners can delay paying summer taxes until February 14, if the total household income is $40,000 or less (as shown on the Michigan Homestead Property tax return, line 30) as long as the taxpayer can be classified as one of the following:

  • Senior citizen (age 62 or older)
  • Paraplegic, quadriplegic or totally and permanently disabled
  • Blind
  • Currently serving in the military with household income less than $7,500
  • A veteran who:
    1. Receives a compensation for a service connected disability,
    2. Served in the military during the Vietnam era, Korean War, World War II, World War I or earlier wars, and has a household income of $7,500 or less
    3. The un-remarried, surviving spouse of any service person or veteran who:
    • Met either qualification above
    • Died while serving in the military.

Taxpayers may claim a deferment by filing an application for deferment of summer taxes. A deferral form is available at City Hall. Taxpayers eligible for deferral must file an “Application of Deferment”on or before September 15th of every year.


Summer 2016 Tax Rate

Taxing Entity

City of Buchanan Taxes

Dial-a-Ride

Berrien County General

State Education Tax

Buchanan School Debt

Buchanan School 2003 Debt

Buchanan School 2013 Debt

Buchanan School-2014 Bldg Site

Buchanan School Non-Homestead

RESA General

RESA Special Education

Lake Michigan College


Total 2016 Summer Levy

Less Homestead Exemption


Total for qualified Homestead

Mills Levied

17.6000

1.000

4.7723

6.0000

1.59

.3300

2.2300


.8000

18.000

.1745

2.1954

1.7854


56.4776

18.000


38.4776

% of Taxes

31.2%

1.8%

8.4%

10.6%

2.8%

0.6%

3.9%


1.4%

31.9%

0.3%

3.9%

3.2%


100.00%

31.9%


68.1%

     

 Winter 2016 Tax Rate

Taxing Entity

County General

911 System

Law Enforcement

Senior Center

County Parks

Library


Total 2016 Winter Levy

Mills Levied

 

.4500

.3500

.3000

.1000

1.2000


2.400

% of Taxes

 

18.8%

14.6%

12.5%

04.2%

.50%


100.00%

 
SMCAS-Per Parcel                                           $20.00



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