Clerk Question 1: How do I reserve the Township Hall
for an event?
Answer: Obtain the Township
Hall Usage Form from our Web site or township office, fill it out and return.
If you are a non-profit group, there is no charge. If you are not a resident of Benzonia
Township, there will be a $50.00 charge, plus the possibility of a cleaning deposit.
Clerk Question 2: How do I reserve the pavilion in Memorial Park
for my event?
Answer: If you are with a non-profit
group, you will need to obtain the Memorial
Park Usage Form from our Web site or township office, fill it out and return.
If you are an individual resident, you need to call the Deputy Clerk to reserve a
particular date during the season.
Clerk Question 3: How many elections are held every year?
Answer: There are four per year: held
in the month of March, May, August, and November.
Clerk Question 4: How do I become an election inspector?
Answer: Visit the township clerks
office for more information and an application. There is some training and a certification
needed to work an election.
Clerk Question 5: How can I get buried in the Township Cemetery?
Answer: If you are a resident, you
can own a lot for free. We also have rates for non-residents. Either way, there is
a deed that needs to be filled out. Stop by the township offices for more information.
Treasurer Question 1: I have zoning questions,
how can I find Benzonia Townships ordinance?
Answer: The zoning ordinance for West
Benzie Planning (Benzonia and Platte Townships) is located on the Web site on our
Zoning Ordinance of the West Benzie Joint Planning
Treasurer Question 2: What are Personal Property Taxes?
Answer: Personal property taxes are
taxes charged to businesses. The tax is placed on the businesses equipment
(except equipment licenses with the state) that is used in business and depreciated
on income tax.
Treasurer Question 3: I have a business and understand
that I can be exempt from Personal Property taxes. How do I do that?
Answer: If your business has less
than $80,000.00 in equipment, you can apply to be tax exempt from personal property
taxes, HOWEVER, you need to fill out the form yearly to keep the exemption.
Treasurer Question 4: The Board of Review lowered
my taxes one year and they went up again the next year why?
Answer: The Board
of Review hears disputes on the current year assessment. If the Board of Review
lowers your taxable or assessed value for the year you are disputing, the value can
still go up for the following year.
Treasurer Question 5: What is the ZBA and why would I need
to use it?
Answer: The Zoning
Board of Appeals (ZBA) hears cases where there is a direct zoning issue that
the applicant is asking to have appealed for their case only.
Treasurer Question 6: Does the township accept partial
payments for taxes?
Answer: Yes, Benzonia Township accepts
partial payments on property taxes. We only accept cash or check. No credit or debit
cards are accepted.
Treasurer Question 7: How do I become a firefighter?
Answer: The fire chief has applications
and will talk with you about becoming a firefighter for Benzonia Township.
Treasurer Question 8: How do I get a tax receipt online?
Answer: From the front page of our
Web site, in the Property Tax Services and Information box, click on the logo for
Benzonia Township Property Tax Services (or click here). You will need to create a password and login to
get to your parcel information. From there you can see when taxes were paid and print
that information out.