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NEW!  Eaton County Parks and Recreation Master Plan Draft 2016-2020Eaton County Parks Master Plan Draft 2016-2020

The Eaton County Parks 2016-2020 Master Plan Draft is available online.  To view the Master Plan Draft click here. A copy of the 2016-2020 master Plan Draft will also be available at the Eaton County Parks & Recreation Department Office located at Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge and at the Eaton County Clerks Office located in the Eaton County Courthouse.  The draft will be available for public viewing from September 14, 2015 to October 13, 2015.

NEW!  Eaton County Register of Deeds Begins E-Recording of Property Documents



Eaton County Register of Deeds office has implemented e-recording of documents such as deeds, mortgages and releases.   E-recording enables faster, more cost-effective online recording.  For more information click here

Visit the Register of Deeds website for additional details and links to the e-recording service providers. 



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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.”

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Increase Tax Certification Fees Effective July 1


New legislation passed by the Michigan House and Senate, and signed by Governor Snyder on May 26, 2015,  Public Act 39, increases the fee for tax certifications on warranty deeds, land contracts, and condominium master deeds, and similar documents from $1 to $5.  The fee is collected on behalf of the County Treasurer by the Register of Deeds as part of the document recording process and goes into effect July 1, 2015.

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New Legislation Extending Property Tax Exemptions to Qualified Disabled Veterans

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Click here to apply for a marriage license online.


 Solar Power Energy Generation Statistics

Click here to view how many kwh have been produced by Eaton County's Solar Panel.

Eaton Good Food Plan

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ECU: Retail Fraud Diversion


UPDATED: May 5, 2015



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Retail Fraud Diversion Program


What is Retail Fraud?

Most people use the term "shoplifting". Michigan law calls it "retail fraud".

Retail fraud includes stealing merchandise from a store when it is open for business, switching price tags, and returning stolen merchandise. In instances of theft, the defendant does not have to leave the store itself or the store's property: passing all points of purchase without attempting to pay may be sufficient to prove the required intent to steal.

When are the next Retail Fraud Classes?

Retail Fraud classes are held the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of every month.

How does the Retail Fraud Diversion Program work?

An Eaton County business that is the victim of a retail fraud files a formal complaint with the Prosecuting Attorney's Office. The Economic Crimes Unit (ECU) uses the following guidelines to determine eligibility of participants:


  • The case must involve theft of less than $200 (Retail Fraud 3rd Degree);
  • The participant did not fight, struggle or resist police or store employees;
  • The participant must not have any prior criminal convictions; and
  • The participant must not have participated in a diversion program before.

If the wrongdoer qualifies, then the ECU sends a formal letter to him/her detailing the steps required to resolve the matter. If the wrongdoer completes the necessary steps, the Prosecutor's office will not issue formal charges.


Steps Necessary to Complete the Retail Fraud Diversion Program
  • After receiving the formal contact letter, the participant must call to schedule an intake appointment and interview.
  • At the scheduled appointment date, participants must:
    1. Pay the applicable civil demand fee in a money order. A business can charge a civil demand up to 10 times the amount of the value of the item stolen, but the total civil demand can only be between $50 and $200;
    2. Pay a diversion fee to Eaton County in a money order ($275 for adults, $225 for juveniles);
    3. Complete a written statement and complete the diversion agreement; and
    4. Complete two cognitive thinking classes. Participants must bring an $80 fee on the first class date only.
  • When ALL four steps are completed the complaint will be closed without prosecution. If all four steps are not completed the participant has failed diversion, and will be formally prosecuted.

Is the Retail Fraud Diversion program used only in adult cases?

Our Retail Fraud Diversion Program is used for both adult and juvenile wrongdoers.



Forms & Documents


Retail Fraud Program
Cognitive Consultants: Informed Consent Form (30 kb)
Cognitive Consultants: Map to office (38 kb)


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