Township adopts tax burden reduction plan for homeowners

FLINT TWP. — Flint Township has opted into the Pay As You Stay (PAYS) program to help homeowners who are struggling with delinquent property taxes.

Under PAYS, which was signed into state law in March 2020, the township will be able to assist homeowners who’ve been given a poverty exemption and work out a payment plan for back taxes.

Once a homeowner qualifies for PAYS and enrolls in the program, the balance due on their delinquent taxes would be limited to back taxes only or 10 percent of a home’s taxable value – whichever is less. The remaining balance would be paid back over 36 months at zero percent interest.

Homeowners who qualify for a full or partial Property Tax Exemption (PTE) and enroll in future years are also eligible for the PAYS program. To be PTE-eligible, a household with one person could not make more than $19,303 per year; a household with four people could not make more than $28,671.

Flint Township and the City of Flint are the first municipalities in Genesee County to opt in the PAYS program.

For more information on the PAYS program, contact the Flint Township offices at 810-732- 1350 or Treasurer Lisa Anderson at landerson@flinttownship.org. B.G.