The Finance Department and Treasurer administers the operations of Property taxes, Utility billing, and Payment options.
Chris Hyzer was hired in April, 2016 by the City of Ionia to the position of Finance Director / Treasurer.
Chris previously served as county controller and administrator, finance director, and as a governmental auditor for Montcalm County.
Education Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Business Administration with a major in accounting.
The Finance Department and Treasurer oversees the budgets for all of the city funds totalling more than $19,000,000 including processing accounts payables, payroll, water/sewer/waste billing and collecting, income tax collections, assessing and collecting property taxes, and responding to requests for information from residents.
Finance Director/Treasurer's Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Phone: (616) 523-0137
Fax: (616) 527-0810
If you are a disabled veteran, you may qualify for exemption from property tax on your home.
For more information and to download forms, please check the "Disabled Veterans Exemptions" File Cabinet on this page.
If it has been determined by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs that you are permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans benefits at the 100% rate, or if you have a certificate from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs certifying that you are receiving pecuniary assistance due to disability for specially adapted housing, or if you have been rated by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs as individually unemployable, then you may qualify for a City of Ionia property tax exemption on your home.
The exemption may also apply to the un-remarried spouse of a qualified veteran.
Based on recent legislative changes, the City, along with other recipients of distributions from the Michigan Transportation Fund are required to annually certify transportation employee related expenses and share for public review certain transportation related financial data. Click on the following link to review.
During 2014, the Michigan Legislature changed the former Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) to the City, Village, and Township Revenue Sharing (CVTRS) Program and adjusted the associated reporting requirements. Like EVIP, CVTRS requires local units of government eligible for revenue sharing funding from the State to meet certain eligibility requirements in order to receive funding. Revenue sharing is an important source of revenue for the City. The City has previously met all reporting requirements contained in EVIP and has received full funding. For its 2017-2018 Fiscal Year, the State has required eligible communities to file with the Department of Treasury the following documents in order to receive CVTRS funding. Click on the following links to review.
The Michigan Legislature passed Public Act 530 of 2016, and Public Act 202 of 2017, that requires annual reports of retirement system that must be filed with the Michigan Department of Treasury. Click on the following links to review.
You can make City of Ionia Property tax, Income tax, Utility and Miscellaneous receivable payments online. Please visit our Online Bill Payment page.
For information about the City of Ionia Income Tax, please visit our City Income Tax page.
To learn more about City of of Ionia property assessments and practices, please visit the City Assessor page.
The City of Ionia collects the property taxes for all of the area taxing jurisdictions. Some of these jurisdictions elect to have their taxes billed July 1, and some elect to have their taxes billed December 1. For this reason there are two property tax bills each year.
Summer Property Taxes Summer property taxes are mailed on or about July 1 of each year. Payment may be made without penalty and interest from July 1 through July 31, or the first business day thereafter. After July 31, a 3% penalty is added. A 1% per month interest is added beginning September 1. Delinquent summer property taxes for the current year may be paid at City Hall until February 28.
Winter Property Taxes Winter property taxes are mailed on or about December 1 of each year. Payment may be made without penalty and interest from December 1 through February 14, or the first business day thereafter. After February 14, a 3% penalty is added. Delinquent winter property taxes for the current year may be paid at City Hall until February 28.