Public Date: March 27, 2013
Contact: Andy Meisner
Phone Number: 248-858-0624
TREASURER URGES 1-2 PUNCH TO ‘KNOCK OUT’ TAXES
AS DEADLINE TO SAVE PROPERTY LOOMS
Oakland County, Michigan – With the deadline of March 31, 2013, for saving properties with delinquent taxes from tax years 2010 and prior fast approaching, Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner is urging those with late property taxes to give their property taxes a one-two punch to knock them out.
“The first punch of our 1-2 punch to knock out delinquent property taxes is contacting our office immediately at 248-858-0612 to work out a monthly payment plan,” said Meisner. The second punch of our 1-2 punch to knock out delinquent property taxes is applying for the Step Forward Michigan Program for Property Tax Assistance, which can ‘knock out’ up to $30,000 in delinquent property taxes for families facing hardships.”
Under Public Act 123 of 1999, property owners have until March 31st of the third year of their delinquency to have their property “withheld” from the sale of their property. Treasurer Meisner offers all taxpayers the opportunity to have their property withheld by signing a written, monthly payment plan of as low as $25 per month.
“Signing a payment plan with our office and making every payment is the only guaranteed way to save your property,” said Meisner. “Once taxpayers get on a payment plan, we’ll help them apply for the Step Forward Program, which could ‘knock out’ their problem all together.”
To be eligible for the Step Forward Michigan Loan Rescue Program for Property Tax Assistance, homes must be owner-occupied, be facing delinquent taxes, and the owner must have experienced a hardship of some sort, including unemployment or medical disability.
“Using every available tool to prevent foreclosure helps protect our property values, stabilize our neighborhoods, and collect needed revenues for essential services.”
Taxpayers can receive more information by contacting Treasurer Meisner’s office at 248-858-0612.