The Wayne County Treasurer enforces general property tax laws and collects delinquent County taxes on Real and Personal Property located within the County. Property taxes become delinquent as of March 1st for taxes that remain outstanding from the prior year. For example property taxes that were due in 2008 and payable to the local City or Township became delinquent on March 1, 2009. Generally, once property taxes are in a delinquent status payment can only be made to the County Treasurer.
Under the authority of the State of Michigan, the Wayne County Treasurer participates in the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund Program which is an alternate method of collecting delinquent property taxes. All communities and school districts participate under the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund program. Under the Michigan Public Act 246 of 2003, the City of Detroit began participating with tax year 2003. The program has proven beneficial to all participants.