Tax & Assessing

Beginning July 1st, 2019 summer property taxes can be paid.  The City of Garden City will accept payments from July 1, 2019 through September 3, 2019 without Penalty or Interest. 

Taxes can be paid at City Hall, by cash or check.  The Drop Box is also available for non-cash payments.  Credit/Debit Cards are also accepted with an additional charge at City Hall or online. 

All mail must be postmarked no later than September 3, 2019 to avoid penalty/Interest. 
On September 4, 2019 a Penalty & Interest of 4 1/2 % will be added.  Each month thereafter, an additional 1/2 % interest will be added to the total owed.  
A deferral (delay) of the payment of SUMMER TAXES until February 14th is available on the Homestead of property owners who meet the following qualifications:
  • Age 62 or older (and eligible surviving spouse) OR
  • Hemiplegic, Paraplegic or Quadriplegic or Blind OR
  • Totally and Permanently Disabled (Bring 1040A, Sched. 3 or 1040, Sched. R)  OR
  • Eligible Service person/Veteran (and surviving spouse)
  • Household income (including Social Security/Pension, etc.) does not exceed $40,000.
To obtain a deferment, an application must be filed EACH YEAR by September 15th with the Treasury department.  Please bring the following documents:
  • Your 2018 MI Homestead Property Tax Credit (Form MI-1040-CR must be filed)
  • Your medicare or VA card
  • Your 2019 Summer Tax Bill


Buying a house? Your new property tax rate has nothing to do with the current occupant's rate. Under Proposal A, new homeowners have their property taxes assessed at a new rate that is sometimes more than that of the current occupant. The Michigan Department of Treasury's Millage rate Database and Property Tax Estimator allows you to estimate prospective property taxes.
Visit the Property Tax Estimator.


The City has a drop box located on the north side of City Hall that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The City also has a drop box located inside of City Hall that is available from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Payments may be made by check or money order, no cash. Payments may be placed in the drop boxes. All payments received will be picked up from the drop box the following business day. All applicable penalties will apply.

Do you need help paying your mortgage or property taxes?

MSHDA's Step Forward Program

You may qualify for assistance with your mortgage, property taxes, or condo association fees if ONE of the following applies to you:

You are UNEMPLOYED and are receiving Unemployment Insurance Agency benifits now or in the last 24 months.  

You are UNDEREMPLOYED and can document a 20% reduction in gross income.

You are DELINQUENT on your mortgage, property taxes, or condo fees because of circumstances beyond your control.

ACT NOW-Don't lose your home.  CALL (866) 946-7432 or visit the website by clicking the link below.

MSHDA Step Forward Program