Lincoln Township
Clare County, Michigan

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where is the Lake George Senior Center located?

175 Lake George Avenue, Lake George

What are the hours?

9 am to 1 pm

Does Lincoln Township have Senior Housing?

No, we do not have Senior Housing in Lincoln Township. However there are several senior apartments located in Clare County:
  • Farwell Ė Pinehurst: 989-588-3360
  • Clare Ė Clarecastle: 989-386-3280; Horizon Living Center: 989-386-4900
  • This is only a partial list

What kind of Senior Transportation is available?

Clare County Senior Services offers medical transportation. Call 989-539-8870 if you are a senior in need of a ride to a medical appointment. Veterans Services also provides medical and other transportation.

What is required to reserve the Township Hall or Township property such as the pavilion at one of the parks?

Contact the Clerk at 989-588-9069.

Where do I go to register to vote?

Any Secretary of State Office, the Township Clerk (989-588-9069), or other designated state agency such as FIA.

How do I get an absentee ballot?

Contact the Clerk at 989-588-9069.

Who can be on the permanent absentee list?

Any registered voter age 60 years or over may request to be on the permanent list. Contact the Clerk (989-588-9069) to have a signature card sent.

Where do I get a dog license?

At the Clare County Treasurerís Office located in the court house at 225 W. Main St., Harrison, MI.

How do I find my septic tank?

Start at the Clare County Environmental Health Department (989-539-6731).

How do I call the Transit for a ride?

By calling 989-539-1473.

Where is the nearest Hospital?

The Mid-Michigan Medical Center is located in Clare at 703 N. McEwan St. 989-802-5000.

Is there an Urgent Care in the area?

Yes. The Urgent Care is located in Clare at 700 W. Fifth St. 989-386-9911.

I will be having some excavating done on my property. Should I call MISS DIG?

It is always best to call MISS Dig at 811 before any digging is done. You will need to call at least 3 full days before digging.


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When are Tax Bills sent out?

Tax Bills are mailed on or around July 1st and December 1st.

What address are Tax Bills mailed to?

Tax Bills are mailed to the most current address on file for the Property Owner as recorded on the Deed UNLESS an alternate Taxpayer Address is requested and provided.

My mortgage company pays my taxes through escrow. How is that mailing handled?

The original Tax Bill will still be mailed to the address of record (see above question). This is informational for the property owner so that you will know what your tax obligation is for the year. A copy of this bill will be forwarded to your mortgage company for payment.

Are receipts mailed out?

Yes, receipts are mailed UNLESS you are paying with one of the larger mortgage company escrow options. These large batch payments do not generate individual receipts for mailing. However, individual receipts are generated on-line and can be printed per your request.

How can I get copies of my tax bills or receipts?

Copies of bills and receipts can be obtained three ways:
  • Printed on-line at Follow the link from the Treasurerís Corner on the left hand side of the homepage.
  • Call the Treasurerís office at 989-588-2574
  • Email a request to

When are taxes due?

  • Summer Taxes are due on September 14th
  • Winter Taxes are due on December 14th Any taxes not received by these dates will have interest and penalty attached to them.
  • Any taxes not received by March 1st will be turned over to the Clare County Treasurer as delinquent and cannot be paid to Lincoln Township.

How can I pay my taxes?

Tax payments can be mailed to:
  • Lincoln Township Treasurer, PO Box 239, Lake George, MI 48633
  • Taxes can be paid in person at the Treasurerís office in the Township Hall during scheduled office hours.
  • Taxes can be paid on-line at

Can I pay with a credit or debit card?

Credit and Debit Cards are ONLY accepted if paying on-line at A 3% charge is added by the credit card processing company to cover fees.

Is there an electronic option available that does not include a 3% processing fee?

Yes. There is a direct bank transfer option available through the payment link. A flat fee is assessed that is much less than the 3% credit/debit card fee.

What are the Treasurerís office hours?

Office hours vary from month-to-month. Hours are posted on-line at, on the doors at the Township Hall, and on the telephone greeting at 989-588-2574. During Winter months, hours are subject to change during severe weather. If local schools are closed the office is likely to be closed also.


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See the Lincoln Township Zoning Ordinance or call the Zoning Administrator, 989-588-9600 and you can email her at


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When can I speak with the Building inspector?

Call 989-588-9841, follow prompts.

How do I schedule an inspection?

Call 989-588-9841, follow prompts.

What do I need permits for?

Call 989-588-9841, follow prompts. Also, download information HERE.

Where can I get a Building Permit?

At the Township Hall or on line at

Where do I get an electrical, mechanical or plumbing permit?

Contact Clare County Community Development at 989-539-2761.


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What is the difference between S.E.V. and taxable value?

S.E.V. stands for State Equalized Value which is 50% of Market Value. Taxable Value is the value that you pay your taxes on (this came about when Proposal A was voted in by the taxpayers in 1993) Beginning in 1994 your S.E.V. was capped and could only increase yearly by the rate of inflation or 5%, whichever is less? If anything new is added to the property, 50% of the appraised value of this new item is added to your taxable value. Also if you just purchased your home, in the following year your taxable value will be uncapped, and your taxes will be based on S.E.V. In subsequent years you will be increasing by the taxable value rule.

Why are my neighborís taxes less than mine when we have the exact same house?

Sometime it may appear that you have the same house, but on closer observation they may have a larger home, garage, deck, shed, lot etc., or your house may be newer by a few years. All of the aforementioned would affect the appraised value of your house and reflect a difference in your taxes. Also, if you purchased your home in the prior year, your taxable value would have been uncapped and you will be paying taxes on your S.E.V.

I am not satisfied with the Value placed on my home, I feel there has been a mistake made?

If you believe a mistake has been made in the appraisal of your property, the first thing to do would be to come into the office and inquire in the Assessing Department to have your appraisal explained. If are not satisfied with their explanation, and feel you are over assessed, you can appeal to the March Board of Review.

Should I call the office if I see an appraiser taking a picture of my house?

If it is a Township appraiser he is only doing his job. In the past we had black and white photographs, today we are trying to update our records with digital colored photograph which can be accessed from our computers.


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