2013-08-01 / News

Treasurer’s office offers residents new ways to pay

BY ERIN MCGRATH

SAGINAW TWP. – Paying bills isn’t the most enjoyable chore – but now it may be a little easier for some Saginaw Township residents.

The Saginaw Charter Township Treasurer’s Office has added on some new options for residents to make paying those yearly tax bills and monthly water and sewer bills a little bit easier.

While still providing face-to-face service at the treasurer’s office for township bill payments, this year tax bills can also be paid at four local financial institutions. Residents who use online banking through their own financial institutions can also pay their water or tax bills online as well.

Saginaw Township is also continuing to offer a drop box at the township hall on Shattuck Road for payments.

“The whole philosophy towards looking at this is convenience,” Steve Gerhardt, the treasurer for Saginaw Township said. “You can still pay your bills to the township how you’ve been paying them, but here are some other ways that are now possible.”

Tax bills in the township are sent out twice a year – in July and December. Now those bills can be paid at FirstMerit Banks – located on Center Road, Bay Road and State Street; Chase Bank – located on Center Road, Bay Road, and inside the Meijer’s stores at Tittabawassee Road and Gratiot Road; Chemical Banks – on Midland Road, Bay Road and Gratiot Road; and First State Bank on Towne Centre Road.

All residents need to bring to the banks is their entire tax bill and the bill must be paid in full at that time, Gerhardt said. Those who want to use this service do not have to be members of the banks and the banks will not collect late fees.

“The biggest thing is that you have better records – it’s just a transaction like your phone bill or anything else you’re paying,” Gerhardt said.

The township is also now accepting online bill payments from financial institutions, but those may take as many as 10 business days to reach the township. Residents must also include their name, the parcel number for the property and the property’s address in the notes section of the online payment portion.

Gerhardt said the idea behind offering more options for township residents to pay their bills was simply convenience without added cost.

“If there was a cost to this other than the time that it takes to run the treasury, I’m not doing it,” he said.

The expense of adding a one page notice into the July tax bills, which would increase the postage paid by the township, was even too much.

“I didn’t even want to do that. It was going to raise it a lot. And our residents really expect that frugalness,” Gerhardt said. “My perspective is that we don’t get a bigger pool of money to spend. But if we lean against technology, we can increase our services and the convenience to our constituents without having to burden them with more tax liability.”

For more information, visit www.saginawtownship.org or call (989) 791-9840.

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