Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund (MIHAF)
LINK IS NOW AVAILABLE
The Homeowner Assistance Fund was established to mitigate hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic by providing funds to prevent homeowner mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosure, loss of utilities or home energy services and displacements of homeowners experiencing financial hardship on or after January 21, 2020 or for those homeowners who experience a coronavirus pandemic financial hardship that began before January 21, 2020, but continued after that date. Effective Monday March 20, 2023, the MIHAF program will begin to assist homeowners with delinquent property taxes regardless of year due if they can attest to a COVID Pandemic related hardship.
MI State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) launched the MIHAF program to the public February 14, 2022. An online and mobile application portal is available on the MIHAF website at www.michigan.gov/MIHAF. You may also call toll-free 844-756-4423.
The Mason County Treasurer's office is able to assist taxpayers in completing the application.
Mason County Property Tax Records Search
& Delinquent Tax Payments
Mason County has partnered with BS&A Software Programs to offer property record information through AccessMyGov services. Property owners can view their personal information free of charge. However, any other entities wishing to view this information will be required to pay a fee as shown on the website above.
Internet Payments made at www.bsaonline.com
Internet Payments for Current Amber Township Taxes made at
Amber Township Payments
Credit / Debit Card Payments:
3% Service Fee, $2.00 Minimum Fee
Electronic Check Payments:
$3.00 Service Fee for payments less than $10,000.00 OR $10.00 Service Fee
for payments $10,000.00 or greater
Beginning with 2021 foreclosure sales and transfers, a person that intends to make a claim for excess sales proceeds must complete and return the above form after notarization to the Mason County Treasurer's Office by July 1 in the year of foreclosure. This notice must be delievered via certified mail, return receipt requested, or by personal service. Completing and returning this form evidences an intent to make a future claim but is not itself a claim for sales proceeds.
If you have any questions regarding this form,
please contact our office by phone at 231-843-8411.
Welcome to the Mason County Treasurer’s Office.
The county treasurer is an officer of the county. The Michigan Constitution provides that each county have a treasurer elected on a partisan basis every four (4) years. Virtually all of the county treasurer’s duties and responsibilities are established by State law. Three of the major functions of the office are cash management, investments and property taxation.
Under Michigan law, the county treasurer is responsible for all revenues received by the treasurer and the various officers, departments, agencies, boards and commissions of the county. These revenues consist of taxes & fees, State & Federal grants, charges for services, fines & forfeitures, interest & rents, and other revenues. Additionally, the county treasurer is the custodian of certain funds held in trust or agency on behalf of others. These funds include amounts due individuals and/or other governmental units, probated estate trust funds, penal fines and escheats.
The county treasurer also manages the county’s bank accounts and assures that sufficient funds are available to cover checks prepared by the county clerk and approved by the county board of commissioners. For funds that are not immediately required to meet the cash flow needs of the county, the county treasurer invests these surplus funds in investments and securities for the benefit of the county in accordance with the Michigan Investment of Surplus Funds Act, being Public Act 20 of 1943, as amended, and the Mason County Investment Policy adopted by the county board of commissioners.
In a cooperative effort with the county clerk and county administrator, the county treasurer maintains the county’s general ledger utilizing fund accounting methods prescribed by the Michigan Uniform Budgeting & Accounting Act, being Public Act 2 of 1968, as amended, and reconciles the general ledger with the county’s bank accounts.
The county treasurer is also responsible for the compilation and filing of many reports due the Michigan Departments of Corrections; Education; Military & Veterans Affairs; Natural Resources; Secretary of State; State Police; Transportation and Treasury. Additionally, the county treasurer purchases and holds surety bonds for county officers and employees, tax collection bonds for local treasurers, and performance bonds and deposits for certain county departments.
In addition to the financial responsibilities outlined above, the county treasurer has major responsibilities under the Michigan General Property Tax Act, being Public Act 206 of 1893, as amended. Generally, property taxes are assessed by townships and cities and collected by their respective unit treasurers. Except for village taxes, all property taxes become delinquent on March 1st of each year. At that time local property tax rolls are turned over to the county treasurer during a process called settlement. During settlement the county treasurer verifies the amount of unpaid taxes and assumes responsibility for collecting the remaining delinquent taxes on real properties. In Mason County, the county treasurer does not collect delinquent personal property taxes and certain other delinquent taxes and returns them to the appropriate township, village or city treasurer with a warrant to collect.
For many years the county board of commissioners has annually authorized the county treasurer to purchase all delinquent real property taxes thus assuring that all taxing units (townships, village, cities, school districts and special authorities) receive 100% of their real property tax levy in the budget year it was levied for without waiting for taxes to be collected. This purchase is typically accomplished by either utilizing funds advanced by the county or issuing delinquent tax anticipation notes (DTAN’s) that are repaid as taxes are collected with interest.
After settlement the county treasurer permanently maintains all tax rolls and is responsible for processing all changes ordered by assessing officers, local boards of review, Michigan Tax Tribunal, State Tax Commission, Michigan Department of Treasury or other appropriate authorities.
For property tax reversion purposes, Mason County has been an opt-in county since 2004 whereby the county treasurer performs the duties associated with the foreclosure and sale of tax delinquent properties thereby keeping the administration of this portion of the Property Tax Act local in order to be more responsive to the needs of county taxpayers. The county treasurer conducts title searches, notifications and performs other administrative duties associated with the foreclosure and subsequent sale of tax delinquent properties.
Mason County is an opt-in county for the Principal Residence Exemption (P.R.E.) Audit Program for purposes of performing audits for fraudulently claimed exemptions. Because of this, these audits are performed by the Mason County Treasurer's office. As custodian of the permanent tax rolls, the county treasurer has responsibility for collecting additional taxes, interest and penalties due for prior years for P.R.E.’s denied by the Mason County Treasurer's office. (Note: until 2003 the Principal Residence Exemption was known as the Homestead Exemption).
The county treasurer also certifies deeds prior to recording in the county register of deeds office stating that there are no delinquent taxes due for the five (5) years preceding the date of the instrument and provides tax abstracts or tax histories to requesting parties.
Under the Michigan Dog Law, being Public Act 339 of 1919, as amended, the county treasurer oversees the sale of dog licenses within the county. The treasurer’s responsibility is limited to the sale of dog licenses with enforcement being the responsibility of the county animal control officer.