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Baraga County Treasurer

Treasurer Overview

The Treasurer is chief custodian of all funds received by the County. In relation to this
responsibility, the Treasurer administers the provision of general property tax laws and
is responsible for the collection and distribution of delinquent real tax levies.
The Treasurer also has the added responsibility of:

  • Custodianship and banking of funds;
  • Investment of monies;
  • Statutory supervision of all property taxes.
  • Responsible for maintenance of all delinquent property records and assignment of
    fees leading up to foreclosure and public auction of property due to lack of tax payment;
  • Collecting dog license fees;
  • Treasurer is the foreclosing governmental unit and handles the sale of foreclosed properties;
  • Agent of U.S. Passports
Treasurer

Jill C. Tollefson

Deputy Treasurer

Ashley Kristo

OFFICE
2 S. Main St. L’Anse, MI 49946
(906) 524-6100, Ext. 696
(906) 524-6432 – Fax

HOURS
Monday – Friday
8:00am – 3:30pm

Auctions

The following information can be obtained from the Baraga County Treasurer and will be available on line through this website link in the near future. We look forward to bringing you this information in electronic format as we continue to increase the web presence of Baraga County.
For more information contact the Treasurer at 906-524-6100 Ext. 696.

Auctions are held twice each year for properties that are foreclosed on April 1 due to non-payment of property taxes. The first minimum bid auction occurs in August or September. The second no-minimum bid auction occurs in October.

The County Treasurer contracts with Title-Check, LLC to administer tax foreclosure auctions. Please visit their website, www.tax-sale.info for more information. Parcel information, along with photographs of foreclosed properties will be available on Title-Check’s website approximately 30 days prior to the auction.

Beginning with the 2021 foreclosures, in accordance with MCL 211.78t those who hold title or equity interest in property at the time of foreclosure, may file to claim leftover proceeds, if any are available, associated to those parcels which sell for more than the owing delinquency. Claiming potential proceeds begins with filing the below form 5743 Notice of Intention to Claim Interest in Foreclosure Sales Proceeds with the Foreclosing Governmental Unit (FGU) by July 1 in the year of foreclosure. The FGU will respond by January 31 following the foreclosure auctions, with a form 5744 Notice to Claimant to File Motion with the Circuit Court. Provided there actually are surplus proceeds remaining for the property, the claimant may then file a motion with the Circuit Court between February 1 and May 15, following the notice from the FGU. The courts will then set a hearing date and time to determine claim payments.

Notice of Intention to Claim Interest

Those who wish to consult with an attorney about this notice and pending tax foreclosure may go to the State Bar of Michigan’s legal resource and referral web page at https://lrs.michbar.org or may call (800)968-0738 for assistance in finding private legal counsel.

Local Government Transparency

The following links are intended as a means to provide transparency and accountability to citizens regarding the municipal budget and finances. Within this area you will find various kinds of summarized and detailed information for multiple years including both tabular and graphical representations of the data.

Michigan Community Financial Dashboard

Baraga County Municipal Performance Dashboard

For Baraga County financial information, please see the the following link…

Michigan Community Financial Dashboard

In an effort to help the people and businesses in Baraga County, we have included a link to some great information about identity theft. As identity theft is becoming a bigger and bigger problem as more and more things go digital. One way consumers and families are protecting themselves from these attacks is by using an identity theft protection service. The following resources is intended to help those in Baraga County learn more about this type of service.

Identity Theft Protection Services

 

Dog Licensing

DOG LICENSING

State law requires all dogs, 4 months or older to have a license per the Dog Law 1919, Act 339, MCL 287.261 through 287.290.

Requirements:

  • Certificate of Vaccination of Rabies
  • Proof of Spay/ Neuter; if applicable
  • Payment

 

Licensing requests can be made in person or by mail with submission of all requirements. If acquired through mail, submitted vaccination and proof of spay/neuter will be returned via mail along with the requested license. If owner contact information, address, phone number differs from the submitted documents, please indicate changes with current information if applicable.

Fees:

January 1st through March 31st:

  • Male/Female Intact $10.00
  • Spayed or Neutered $7.00

April 1st through December 31st:

  • Male/Female Intact $20.00
  • Spayed or Neutered $14.00

Kennel License- $30.00

 

Passport Acceptance

PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

 

APPLICATION

Application (DS-11) and Renewal (DS-82)Forms are available in the County Treasurer’s office or can be found online. Please note: Application DS-11 must be signed in front of Acceptance Agent. Expedite Services are available with additional fees as stated below.

Passport Quality Photo: Fee: $10.00

Certified Copy of Birth Certificate: Must have raised seal

Identification: Driver’s License

Minor under the age of 16: Both parents must be present with identification.

Routine Application Fees:  CHECK payable to U.S. Department of State

Passport Book: Adult (age 16 and older): $130.00 CHECK

Minor (age 15 and younger): 100.00 CHECK

Expedite Fee: 

Additional $60 to the U.S. Department of State

Express Mail: $27.90* Cash or Check payable to: POSTMASTER

*Rates subject to change with postal rates.

Execution (Acceptance) Fee: payable to Baraga County Treasurer

Acceptance fee can paid by check, cash or card*  2.5% service fee when using Debit/Credit cards.

Additional information

Processing times and fees are subject to change. *Please contact our office or visit the Travel.State.Gov website with any questions or for additional information.

PASSPORT HOURS
Monday – Friday
8:00am – 3:00pm

Tax Information / Rates and Payment

TAX COLLECTION SCHEDULE

 

Tax Due Dates

The following timeline describes in general terms the major deadlines involved in the foreclosure process:

July 1st summer taxes and December 1st winter taxes; property taxes billed by and due to the village or township Treasurer.

Taxes are delinquent:

If your current taxes are not paid by March 1st – unpaid current property taxes are forwarded to the County Treasurer for collection. A 4% administration fee, along with 1% per month interest, is added

On October 1 the County Treasurer adds a $15 fee to each parcel.

Property is forfeited:

March 1: Property is forfeited to county treasurer. County Treasurer adds a $235 fee. Interest increases from 1% per month to 1.5% per month, back to 1st prior year.

August 1: $45 fee is added. A personal visit is made to each property between August & September.

December 1: $50 fee is added. Property address and names of all parties of interest are published in local newspaper.

January 1: Show cause and Circuit court hearings are held. Judgement of foreclosure is entered. From the judgement date, property owners have until March 31st to pay the taxes.

Property is foreclosed:

April 1: Clear title to the property passes to the county.

August/September: Property is sold or transferred.

Foreclosure is final and property that has been foreclosed will be sold at public auction.

Michigan Public Land Auction

Payments:

2020 and 2021 Delinquent Tax Payments only.
Taxes can be paid HERE

 

ONLINE PROPERTY TAX INFORMATION

BARAGA COUNTY IS NOW ONLINE WITH TAX, DELINQUENT TAX, AND ASSESSING INFORMATION

Follow the link below to search the internet services provided by BSA Software Internet Services to create an account. You can search property and land as well as assessing comparables, complete current tax information searches and delinquent tax searches.

https://https://bsaonline.com/?uid=1944

Once there you can choose the county and you can create an account and research information on Baraga County Assessing, current tax information and delinquent tax information. Searches can be performed by Name, Address, or Parcel Number.

 

Delinquent Tax Payments for 2020 and 2021 to the Treasurer can be made HERE .