Dog Licenses:

--2011 CHANGES********************************************
Starting January 1, 2011 you will be able to purchase a one year or three year dog license.   Renewal applications will be sent out in the month before you are required to purchase a new license.  If you do not purchase your dog license in the month it expires, it will be considered delinquent, and a delinquent fee will be added to the price of the license.  For additional information, please check the Ottawa County Treasurer's website

--2011 Rates:  One Year License/Three Year License
    Male/Female:  $25/$70           Spayed/Neutered:   $10/$25          Puppies:  $10/NA

Wright Township will no longer sell dog licenses for the county. Dog licenses can be obtained 4 separate ways:
   1. Online at Ottawa County Treasurer's website. Go to the Online Services portion on the left hand 
       side and follow the appropriate links from there.
   2. Picking up mail-in form at the Wright Township Office.
   3. In person at the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex.
   4. Through participating veterinarians' office (list available on Ottawa County website)

Summer Property Tax Information:

--Summer Tax Collection Dates:
The summer tax bill is sent out July 1 and is payable July 1 through September 14 without penalty or interest. Beginning September 15 through February 28 an interest charge will be added. Taxes may be paid in person at the Township on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am-1:00pm, at any Choice One Bank location during regular business hours, by mail, or placed in the Township drop box located on the Southeast corner of the building. Payment received in the mail or placed in the drop box will be issued a receipt if a self addressed stamped envelope is included.

--Summer Tax Deferment:
The law provides that beginning September 15, interest will be applied to unpaid summer taxes. However, these taxes may be deferred without penalty until February 14, for any taxpayer who is a senior citizen, 65 years or older, totally and permanently disabled or otherwise eligible, whose household income does not exceed $40,000 per year, or is classified or used as agricultural real property and that the gross receipts of agricultural or horticultural operations in the previous year is not less than the household income for the preceding calendar year. Applications must be filled out annually and be returned by September 14.

Winter Property Tax Information:

--Winter Tax Collection Dates:
Winter tax bills will be sent out December 1 and are payable February 14 through 5 PM on February 14, without penalty or interest.  Beginning February 15, a 3% penalty will be added.  After February 28th, all real taxes shall be paid at the County Treasurer's office.  A 4% administrative fee and 1% interest per month is applied to delinquent taxes when paid at the county.

--Notice to Homeowners with a Mortgage:
Each property owner is ultimately responsible for their property tax. Please check to see if you are coded for a mortgage company on you tax bill. If you have an escrow account and this tax bill includes a bank code and name, we have billed your mortgage company. If there is not a mortgage number on your bill, your bill has not been sent to your mortgage company. Therefore, enclose one copy of this tax bill with your next mortgage payment. Verification of paid taxes can be made by contacting your mortgage company or the Township.

HELPFUL DEFINITIONS - Assessed Value, Taxable Value and Uncapping

Assessed Value* represents 50% of your property’s “usual selling price”.  This changes from year to year based on the economy, the value of the dollar, the “market”, what someone is willing to pay.   For residentially classed properties the total township change is determined based on sales compared to assessments. County appraisal studies determine the change needed for Agriculture, Commercial and Industrial classed properties, still based on “usual selling price”. 

Taxable Value* is what taxes are based upon and is the lesser of Assessed Value and Capped Value.  Capped value is last years taxable value times the increase in the CPI.  Of course if you add NEW, i.e. a pole barn, half the value of the pole barn is added to the taxable value along with the CPI increase.

Uncapping* a property occurs the year after a property is “transferred”.  The cap on value is removed and taxable value will be the same as the assessed value.

Property Tax* is the taxable value times the millage rate.  There are two rates.  Principal Residence Exemption and Qualified Agricultural parcels have a rate 18 mills less than the full millage rate.  
           A taxable value of 100,000 times a millage of 30.5820 (a mill is a thousandth of a dollar) = 
           $3,058.20.  Easier yet: Taxable Value divided by a 1000, times the millage rate equals tax.

The Principal Residence Exemption* must be established by June 1 for summer taxes and November 1 for winter taxes.  This is your residence which you own and occupy as documented by deeds, the voter registration roll, your drivers’ license and income tax returns.

  *The above is set by state law, much of which was added by the passing of Proposal A in 1994.

Note: Class and zoning are not the same thing.  The agricultural zoned part of the township is filled with agriculture, residential and industrial (Consumers ROW) class properties.  Zoning determines how you can use land and is set by the township.  Class determines how the county studies value and is set by the assessor according to state law.

Index of Helpful Information:    click on title

                            -Winter Property Tax
                            -Dog Licenses
                            -Summer Property Tax
                            -Definitions of Assessed Value, Taxable Value, Uncapping
                            -Miscellaneous Tax-Related Forms
The following documents are linked to the State of Michigan Treasury Forms website. Please print them out and return to the Township office. Do NOT e-mail them to us..  Click on the form name and print out.
Treasurer’s office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am-1:00pm.  Please contact me if you have any questions at (616) 677-3048 or send an email to
Preserving the Past  -  Planning the Future
Wright Township
Ottawa County, Michigan
Tax and Assessing Information for Wright Township
Point & Pay charges a convenience fee per parcel. E-Check $3.00 up through $10,000, $10.00 over $10,000. Credit/ Debit 3% fee, with a $2.00 minimum.
Link to pay property taxes online 
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