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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

ASSESSOR'S OFFICE
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CLERK'S OFFICE
• Q1: How do I reserve the Township Hall for an event?
• Q2: How do I reserve the pavilion in Memorial Park for my event?
• Q3: How many elections are held every year?
• Q4: How do I become an election inspector?
• Q5: How can I get buried in the Township Cemetery?

TREASURER'S OFFICE
• Q1: I have zoning questions, how can I find Benzonia Townships ordinance?
• Q2: What are Personal Property Taxes?
• Q3: I have a business and understand that I can be exempt from Personal Property taxes. How do I do that?
• Q4: The Board of Review lowered my taxes one year and they went up again the next year – why?
• Q5: What is the ZBA and why would I need to use it?
• Q6: Does the township accept partial payments for taxes?
• Q7: How do I become a firefighter?
• Q8: How do I get a tax receipt online?

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CLERK'S OFFICE

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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 clerk’s 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.

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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 Commission.page.

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.

 


    

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