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After the success of the postcard assessment notice earlier this year, City Assessor, Wade Slivik and City Treasurer, Donna Leitermann worked together to redesign the summer and winter tax bills since both departments operate in the same software. As a result of converting the traditional letter format to a USPS approved postcard format, the three mailings collectively can save statewide local units $2,000,000 per year in postage expense. About 16,000 summer tax bills will go out the first week of July to Bay City property owners, resulting in $6,000 per year saved by Bay City utilizing this design.
This new design also combines a courtesy reply postcard, where a resident can reply to sign up for monthly newsletters or/and reply with a corrective change of address information. This reply postcard is an excellent opportunity for a local unit to reach out to residents with no additional expense.
Working with attorneys, local area assessing and treasurer offices, The State Tax Commission and the Untied State Postal Service, the mailing possesses all information required of MCL211.44 and font size is not sacrificed.
Slivik hopes other municipalities take notice of the redesigned property tax bills. Most assessing and treasurer offices across the state use the same software and with statewide local unit revenues being stretched farther than ever, this might be a clever way to stretch local unit expenditures.
Please watch your mail for your newly designed postcard tax bill.