Fairfield Township

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Public Notice

Property records for Fairfield Township are available at the Township Office.

Please review our Policy for Inspection of Public Assessing Records

Tax Payments

You may pay your taxes in person or by mail. If mailing, please make check or Money Order payable to Fairfield Township (Do not send cash) and send to:

Fairfield Township Treasurer

        1023 Pine St

PO Box 286

Jasper MI 49248

All taxes postmarked after due date shall bear interest.

If you need a paid receipt, please return entire bill with your payment, the bottom copy will be returned to you. Also send a stamped self-addressed envelope.

Summer Taxes are due September 14 and Winter Taxes are due February 14.

Application for Deferment of Summer Taxes

The Lenawee County Online Assessing Records will let you look up information on properties of your choice. Some basic information is required to access the records.

If you are a mortgage company or realtor requesting a tax pay off amount or general information about a parcel, please email the Treasurer. If you are requesting pay off amounts of water or sewer assessments on a property, please contact the Utilities Clerk.

Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) Affidavit

Tax Definitions

Property Tax FAQ's

What is a millage rate?

Tax rates in Michigan are expressed as mill rates. A mill is equal to $1 of tax for every $1,000 of taxable value. For example, if your total tax rate is 20mills and your taxable value is $50,000, your taxes owed would be $1,000 annually.

So then, how are property taxes figured?

Property taxes are calculated by taking the taxable value of the property (roughly one-half of what the property is worth) and multiplying it by the number of mills (approved by voters and reduced by the Headlee Amendment). Your Property Tax = Taxable value of property x Mills For example, if a property is worth $100,000, the taxable value would be about $50,000 (or less), and if the tax rate was 5 mills, the tax would be $250 ($50,000 x .005).

What is the Headlee Amendment and how does it affect me?

The Headlee Amendment of 1978 changed the Michigan Constitution. At the time, real estate was going up in value faster than the rate of inflation. So when taxing entities (cities, townships, state, etc.) calculated property taxes based on how much the property was worth, they would collect more than the increase in inflation  and often the property owners income. This meant people were paying a greater percentage of their paychecks for taxes year after year. To keep taxes from increasing more than inflation, the Headlee Amendment automatically rolls back the millage rate to equal the rate of inflation.

What is Proposal A and how does it affect me?

Proposal A was passed by voters in 1994 and changed the way schools are funded  from local property taxes to state taxes (i.e., the state sales tax). Proposal A also limited tax increases by capping increases to property values by the lesser of the inflation rate or 5%, giving Michigan property owners two limitations on property taxes  reducing tax rate (mills), and capping increases to property values.

So, why are my taxes going up when the value of my property is going down?

When your property value went up, your taxes increased at the lesser of the rate of inflation or 5%. Your taxes will continue to go up until they catch up to the actual value of your property. If you sell or buy property, the taxable value will be reset at the sale price.

What is a Headlee Override?

A Headlee override is a decision by the voters to eliminate the automatic rollback created by the Headlee Amendment