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NEW! - Register of Deeds Recording Fee Changes
  
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Effective OCTOBER 1, 2016 in the State of Michigan
Regardless of the number of pages, all documents will cost $30.00 to record, this cost is inclusive of Michigan Remonumentation and Register of Deeds Automation fees.
  
For a document that assigns or discharges more than 1 instrument $3.00 for each instrument assigned or discharged (in addition to the $30.00 flat fee).  To certify a recorded document $5.00; copies remain at $1.00 per page and search fees remain at 50 cents for each year searched with a minimum of $5.00 – excepting tract index searches.
  
If you have any questions, please contact the Register of Deeds office at 517-543-4203 or refer to MCL 600.2567. 

 

Treasurer and Clerk Open Delta Township Office

Delta Eaton County Flyer Cover2 Eaton County Clerk, Diana Bosworth and County Treasurer, Bob Robinson began offering service hours in the Delta Township Administration Building at 7710 W Saginaw Highway in Lansing on Friday, October 9.   Office hours for the residents of Delta Township and surrounding areas will continue by County Clerk Bosworth on the first and third Friday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Treasurer Robinson will offer hours alternating the second and fourth Friday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The satellite county office will be located in the lower level of the Delta Township Administration Building on W Saginaw Highway in Lansing.

For more information, go to www.eatoncounty.org or www.deltami.gov.

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Now Pay Delinquent Real Property Taxes Online
Eaton County Treasurer, Bob Robinson, announced this month that Eaton County property owners have a new and convenient way to make delinquenttaxpayments.  The treasurer’s office has contracted with Official Payments, a leading provider of electronic payment solutions to offer delinquent tax payment processing over the Internet through credit card and debit card transaction.  Visa, Discover, and MasterCard debit and credit cards will be accepted. This new service offers taxpayers a fast and efficient way to pay online and reduces manual processing time in the treasurer’s office.

“Through a unique partnership with Official Payments and BS&A Software, taxpayers can get online, pay, and process their delinquent tax payments instantly, in real time,” said Robinson.  “This is part of our ongoing work to increase efficiency in the treasurer’s office.  It can also help folks avoid last minute additional fees and interest on their past due real property taxes.”

For more information, go to http://www.eatoncounty.org/departments/county-treasurer 


 

New Legislation Extending Property Tax Exemptions to Qualified Disabled Veterans

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Cashing a check is a privilege, not a right.


A check is not an I.O.U. The full amount of the funds should be in the bank at the time of the transaction.

A merchant has the right to refuse to accept a check from anyone, and may ask for another form of payment for goods or services.

 

 

Tips for Accepting Checks

  1. Institute and display a check acceptance policy for your employees and customers.
  2. Look at the Check !!!
  3. Be suspicious of checks that have a low check number, a handwritten check number, or no printed name.
  4. Checks must be dated the same day they are given.
  5. Do not accept pre-signed checks. All checks should be signed in your presence.
  6. Ask for government issued picture ID or Driver's License. Compare the signatures on the identification provided with the one on the check. Write down the ID number yourself Do not let the check writer to write down their identification numbers. (Your personal handwriting is a good way for you to authenticate that you processed that check.) If the identification number is printed on the check, still verify the number with the ID card.
         Tip: The first 3 numbers on a Michigan Driver's License must be 000 or between 100-666 (with no digit greater than 6) or between 726-730.
  7. Make sure that the numeric dollar amount matches the written dollar amount.
  8. Require a permanent street address not a P.O. Box number.
  9. Do not accept "starter checks".
  10. Do not accept checks from persons who live and/or bank out of state. (It is hard for prosecutors to get out-of-state bank records, and prosecutors may decline to formally extradite such a defendant from that state.)
  11. If a person has given you a bad check before, DO NOT ACCEPT ANOTHER ONE unless the former bad check has been cleared and paid off.

 

Detecting Fraudulent Checks

  • Check the finish on the black magnetic computer numbers on the bottom. True magnetic ink is very dull, not shiny.
  • Look for at least one perforated edge on the check. All checks, except some government or computer-produced checks, should have a perforated edge.
  • Look for any words or numbers that appear to have been altered. Look for different handwriting, different color ink, or any other suspicious differences.
  • Look for changes or additions to the name of the payee. If the color, density or writing of the name appears different, there may have been an alteration.
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