Treasurers Office


Welcome to the Treasurer's Office

RinglerThe Treasurer is responsible for mailing tax notices and receipting payments, as well as, distributing the taxes to the proper taxing authorities. In addition, this office is also responsible for the investments to generate interest revenue, recording of financial transactions, preparing for and assisting in the annual audits, preparation of the annual budget, providing financial analysis and conducting financial research for the Township Board.

Depending on your property tax question(s), you may find the answers on this site, or the Assessors. 

Summer taxes
 for 2018 are due on September 14, 2018. After September 14 interest and penalties will be added. Please call for current amount due.
 
Winter taxes 
for 2018 are due on February 14, 2019. Taxes are delinquent as of March 1, 2019 and will have to be paid at Berrien County Offices. 

See delinquent tax information below
Lost Tax Bill?  Please contact Linda Keller at (269) 684-0870 ext. 16 or email at lkeller@nilestwpmi.gov

Please make checks or money orders payable to: NILES CHARTER TOWNSHIP TREASURER

Paying by check authorizes Niles Charter Twp. to send the information from your check electronically to your bank for payment. Checks are accepted as conditional payment until the check clears the bank. Please include your telephone number and the parcel number on the check. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are paying your taxes using online banking, please issue ONE check per parcel and include the full parcel number on each check.

Have you moved? 
Please report any changes in mailing address  to the Niles Charter Township Deputy Treasurer at (269) 684-0870 ext.16.

Delinquent real and personal property taxes (land and structures-business equipment): On and after March 1, 2018 delinquent real and personal property taxes are paid (with interest and penalties) to the Berrien County Treasurer, at 701 Main Street, St. Joseph,  MI 49085. Please call (269) 983-7111 ext. 8569 or locally (269) 684-5274 ext. 8569 for the current amount due. 

Personal property taxes are a SECURED LIEN under Michigan Law (P.A. 206 of 1893, as amended; MCL 211.40) and are SUPERIOR to other liens, including those recorded with the Michigan Secretary of State under the Uniform Commercial Code. Tax liens do not have to be recorded with the Michigan Secretary of State.

Additional property tax forms you may find helpful:


NOTICE: It is the taxpayer’s responsibility to verify that payment is being made on the correct property description. The tax amounts listed on the tax notice are levied on the property described on the tax bill and are for the indicated tax year.

Failure to receive a tax bill or failure to deliver timely tax payment does not waive interest or penalty charges. 

For your convenience, there is a blue payment drop box located at the rear of the Township hall just West of the DPW building.

2017 Niles Charter Township 

Final Tax Rates

School District
Homestead
Summer
Winter
Total
Brandywine
20.9076
7.2988
28.2064
Niles
10.7723
15.8541
26.6264
Buchanan
10.7723
15.3199
26.0922

 

School District
Non-Homestead
Summer
Winter
Total
Brandywine
38.9076
7.2988
46.2064
Niles
10.7723
33.8541
44.6264
Buchanan
10.7723
33.3199
44.0922

 
Where Do My Tax Dollars Go? 

Residents and business owners pay their property taxes to Niles Charter Township, however the Township only keeps approximately 22% of that amount. We collect and distribute taxes for Brandywine, Niles and Buchanan public schools, Berrien Regional Education Service Agency, Lake Michigan College, Niles District Library, Buchanan District Library, SMCAS, Berrien County and the State of Michigan (SET-State Education Tax). 


2018 Adopted Budget

Niles Township’s fiscal year is based on the calendar year January 1 through December 31. The Township follows GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principals) guidelines to account for all funds.  GAAP requires using the Modified Accrual basis of accounting for all governmental funds, and the Accrual basis of accounting for proprietary funds.  Niles Charter Township uses the modified accrual basis of accounting to budget ALL funds. Thus, the basis of budgeting is not the same as the basis of accounting for all proprietary funds.  Under GAAP basis of accounting, capital outlays and debt service payments are not reported as expenditures in the current year, but allocations are made for depreciation and amortization expense. Under the modified accrual basis of budgeting, these amounts are recorded as expenditures in the current year.


Dog Licenses

Dog Licenses are available in the Treasurer's Office only from December 1 through the  last working day in February  
The cost of a one year dog license for a male or female is $25. The cost for a spayed or neutered dog license is $10.  
The three year dog license can only be purchased at Berrien County Offices and the Berrien County Animal Control Office.
Please make sure to bring your renewal form from the County and updated rabies information when renewing your license.
A current rabies vaccination certificate and proof of spaying or neutering is required for all new licenses.  
Dog licenses are also available at the Berrien County Treasurer's Office and Berrien County Animal Control Office.
After March 1 each year, the annual license fee for dogs is $30 for spayed or neutered and $45 if not spayed or neutered and must be obtained through Berrien County.