Gaines Charter Township Treasurer's Office



Laurie J. Lemke, your Gaines Charter Township Treasurer, was first elected in 2008.  The Township Treasurer prints and mails your annual tax bills and collects your tax payments. She in turn disburses these funds to the taxing authorities listed on your tax bill.

The Treasurer serves as the custodian of all Township funds, and is responsible for receipting, recording and investing all money received by the Township.  Revenue comes from the State of Michigan which reflects our share of the State Sales Tax collected, property tax dollars, and user fees for utilities and permits.

Laurie first earned her MiCPT (Michigan Certified Public Treasurer) in 2011. She earned her CPFA (Certified Public Finance Officer) in 2014.  The Treasurer serves as one of your Township Board members and has a vote on important issues that face our community.

Please feel free to contact the Treasurer's office with any questions or concerns at:

Laurie Lemke, MiCPT, CPFA
  Township Treasurer

Jenna Pilkington, MiCPT
  Deputy Treasurer


2021 Adopted Budget

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Property Tax Information

Property taxes are based on the taxable value of a property multiplied by the millage rates set by the various taxing units.

July 1, the SUMMER TAX BILL becomes a lien on the property and is due and payable without interest until September 14th. 1% interest per month, or fraction of a month, is added to the taxes after the due date.  On February 15, a 3% penalty is also added to all unpaid bills. The Summer Tax bill collects the tax levies for Byron or Caledonia or Kentwood Schools (depending where in the Township the property is located, Grand Rapids Community College, Kent Intermediate School District, State Education Tax, and Kent County Operating Tax.

On December 1, the WINTER TAX BILL becomes a lien on the property and is due and payable without penalty until February 14th. A 3% penalty is added to the taxes after the due date. The WINTER TAX BILL collects the tax levies for Byron, Caledonia or Kentwood Schools debt (depending where in the Township the property is located), Kent County Jail, Veterans and Senior Programs, Gaines Charter Township, and Kent District Library.  Where applicable, drain assessments, Street Light Assessments, delinquent sewer/water usage bills, and delinquent special assessments will be included.

The SUMMER and WINTER BILLS do not cover specific months, but rather collect different taxes due to the entire year.
The owner of record will always receive a tax bill.  The owner receives the statement so that 1) the owner knows how much the taxes are, 2) the owner knows if a mortgage company has requested a copy of the tax bill, 3) the owner may need the information to file income tax returns.

If property taxes are ESCROWED, the mortgage company must request a copy of the tax bill for each tax season.  If the mortgage company has requested a copy, the mortgage company's name will appear on the left side of the bill, just below the perforation.  If no bank information appears and taxes are escrowed, the property owner should forward a copy of the tax bill to their mortgage company.

Pay my taxes

Tax Payment Information

  • Make checks payable to Gaines Charter Township

  • Mail to:  8555 Kalamazoo Ave., SE                                                                                                                              Caledonia, MI 49316
  • We do not accept postmarks as payment dates
  • Pay in person with cash, check or credit card during Treasurer Hours;                                                                             Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
          To be directed to on line credit card tax payments click here

  • Convenience fee charges by our provider are:
    • Credit/Debit Card ~ Approximately 3%
    • Check Account Payments ~ $2.00

Tax, Property, Utility & Building Permit Information

We have provided a link to BS&A software so that you can look up information pertaining to real property, special assessments, tax payments (current and history), water and sewer  accounts, and building permits. Please click here to be redirected to the BS&A website

Millage Rates

The Treasurer collects your property taxes and distributes them to the various taxing authorities itemized on your tax bill.

Tax revenues collected by the Township are used to pay for 24/7 police protection as well as a full-time community police officer.  The Township fire protection is provided to you by the Cutlerville & Dutton Fire Departments and is funded by the Township.

Other services the Township provides its residents is public sidewalk maintenance, summer recreation program, Gaines Library building maintenance, the annual Heritage Festival held in Prairie Wolf Park, public transportation, and planning and zoning services to name a few.

Below you will find a chart with the millage rates.  Actual winter tax bills could vary from these rates due to a special assessments or a delinquent water and sewer bill.

2021 Millage Rates    

Calculating your Tax

To calculate your property tax, use the formula (Taxable Value x Millage Rate = Tax).  Use the link provided below to determine your millage rate.  Just find your school district, look down for the millage rate with Principal Residence Exemption or without Principal Residence Exemption, whichever applies to your property.    

The taxable value of your property is determined by a formula and, in most cases, is limited by the rate of inflation.  This number is calculated by the assessor and is reported to you on your assessment change notice, mailed in February.   If you do not agree with your assessment, you will need to request a change from the Board of Review.  You must contact the Gaines Charter Township Assessor early to request the change; the Board of Review meets early in March and an appointment is required.

The millage rate is the total number of mills being levied divided by 1,000.  Millage rates are calculated in the spring for the summer collection and in the fall for the winter collection.  Millage rates vary from year to year due to a number of factors.  Significant increases in millage rates are the result of voter approval, while decreases are often due to the expiration of a previously approved millage.

Property Tax Estimator and Millage Rates
from the Michigan Tax Department of Treasury

This approximate figure may not represent most current information. 
Gaines Charter Township is not responsible or liable for any amounts of information provided.

enhanced property tax pie chart

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Deferment of Summer Property Taxes

Provided by Act 97 P.A. 1992 certain qualifying taxpayers may defer the payment of their 2019 summer taxes until February 14, 2020.  Taxes may be deferred on a homestead if household income did not exceed $40,000 in 2018 and the taxpayer qualifies as defined in the General Property Tax Act as one or more of the following:

  • Citizen, 62 years or older
  • Paraplegic, Hemiplegic or Quadriplegic
  • Eligible Serviceman, Eligible Veteran  or
  • Eligible widow or widower
  • Blind Person
  • Totally and permanently disabled
Taxes may also be deferred for certain agricultural properties which meet the specific requirements of the Act.

Application for deferment and additional information are available at the Treasurer's office.  Application must be filed by September 17, 2019. Click here or contact the Treasurer's Office for an Application of Deferment of Summer Tax.

Gaines Charter Township Treasurer

Principle Residence Exemption

Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) is the place you own and occupy as your permanent home; and contiguous parcels of land qualify. Occupy means this is your principal residence; the place that you intent to return to whenever you go away.

It should be the address that appears on your driver's license and voter registration card.

Also available is a Conditional PRE and an Active Military PRE.


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