Meeting the City's Obligations & Requirements
The Finance Department is organized into two Divisions, Accounting and Treasury. The Accounting Division is responsible for the City’s budget and maintaining the City’s accounting records. The Treasury Division is responsible for assessing property in the City of Wayne and for collecting property taxes.
City of Wayne Financial Dashboard
As part of the State of Michigan municipal finance requirements, the City of Wayne is providing information to the local community which provides a clear picture of the City's financial performance. Click here to view the City of Wayne's Financial Dashboard
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Various types of assessing information are available at the City Hall Treasurer's Office.
Assessment notices are sent out each March indicating that year's assessed and taxable value and homestead status.
Click here to view assessing information online.
· Request to Change Mailing Address – If you need to change the mailing address of assessment and tax records, a Request to Change Mailing Address form must be completed and submitted to the Assessor’s Office. Name changes must be submitted on a Property Transfer Affidavit.
· Property Transfer Affidavit – A Property Transfer Affidavit must be filed with the Assessor by the new owner within 45 days of the transfer. If the Property Transfer Affidavit is not filed within 45 days of the transfer, a penalty of $5 per day up to $200 will be assessed to the property.
· Homeowners Principle Residence Exemption Affidavit – Homeowners (who own and occupy the home) are entitled to an 18-mil tax reduction by filing a Homeowners Principle Residence Exemption Affidavit with the Assessor. June 1 is the last day a property may be transferred in order to receive a homestead exemption for the current year.
· Request of Rescind Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption – When moving the homestead exemption must be removed by filing a Request to Rescind Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption form with the Assessor. This includes converting the property from owner/occupied to a rental.
· Conditional Rescission of Principal Residence Exemption Form – The conditional rescission allows an owner to receive a PRE on his or her property if certain criteria are met after moving out of the home and actively listing it for sale.
· Disabled Veterans Exemption – The State of Michigan allows those service men and women who have been permanently disabled during their service an exemption on current property taxes on your primary residence.
· Poverty Application – The State of Michigan allows those deemed to be in poverty to have a partial or complete exemption on current property taxes on your primary residence. To see if you qualify, contact the Assessor’s Office or review the form.
Board of Review
The Board of Review meets the third week of March to hear appeals of assessed value and hardship cases. The July and December Boards of Review meet to correct clerical errors of assessed and taxable value, homestead status and also to hear poverty appeals.
Tax information can be obtained from the Treasurer's Office either by parcel number, address, or owner name. The five most recent years of tax history are available on computer; prior tax years are kept in binders. Tax payers can access tax amounts and taxable values to be used in preparing federal and state tax returns by viewing the information online, visiting the Treasurer's Office, or by phoning (734) 722-2000.
Summer tax bills are mailed out the first week of July each year and are due by October 1. Starting October 2 until February 28, 1/2% per month penalty is added. Winter tax bills are mailed out the first week of December and are due by February 14. On February 15 a one-time 3% penalty is added to unpaid winter taxes.
Starting March 1, real property taxes are considered delinquent and must be paid to Wayne County. Call (313) 224-5990 for penalties and interest. Personal property taxes are still collected by the City of Wayne after March 1. Call the Treasurer's office at (734) 722-2000 for penalties and interest.
Taxes can be paid by mail, online, in person at City Hall between 10:00am and 4:30pm, Monday through Thursday; and between 8:30am and 1:00pm on Friday. For the convenience of our customers, there is also a drop box at the entrance of City Hall for after-hour payments.
Click here to view tax billing and payments.
· Deferments – Seniors (62 or older) whose annual income is under $40,000 may sign a deferment to allow payment of summer and winter taxes without penalty after October 1. The signed form must be received in the Treasurer's Office by October 1 and must be completed each tax year. Tax payments must be received by February 28. This deferment also applies to eligible widows, veterans, service members and disabled.
· StepForwardMichigan – Residents with delinquent property taxes can contact Step Forward Michigan to see if they are eligible for assistance through Step Forward Michigan.
Water bills can be paid by mail, online, at City Hall, by signing up for autopay, or in person at City Hall between 10:00am and 4:30pm, Monday through Thursday; and between 8:30am and 1:00pm on Friday.. For the convenience of our customers, there is also a drop box at the entrance of City Hall for after-hour payments.
Click here to view water billing and payments.
· Automatic Water Bill Payment – Signup to have your water and sewer bill payment automatically deducted from your bank account on the due date. This service is free.
· Paperless Water Bill Signup – Signup to have your water and sewer bill emailed.
· Change of Name and/or Mailing Address – Complete this form to update the name on your bill or to update your mailing address.
· Water Read Request – Complete this form to request a final water read.
· Water Billing Dates – View tentative billing dates and due dates for 2020.
· WRAP (Water Residential Assistance Program) - Residents can call WayneMetro at (313) 386-WRAP (9727) to setup an appointment.