Frequently Asked Questions
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TOWNSHIP CLERK F.A.Q.'s
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:
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 Treasurer’s 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.
TOWNSHIP TREASURER F.A.Q.'s
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:
When are taxes due?
How can I pay my taxes?
Tax payments can be mailed to:
Can I pay with a credit or debit card?
Credit and Debit Cards are ONLY accepted if paying on-line at www.lincolntwp.com. 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 lincolntwp.com payment link. A flat fee is assessed that is much less than the 3% credit/debit card fee.
What are the Treasurer’s office hours?
Office hours vary from month-to-month. Hours are posted on-line at www.lincolntwp.com, 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.
TOWNSHIP ZONING ADMINISTRATOR F.A.Q.'s
What is a setback and what are the setbacks?
The distance between a building or structure (excluding any uncovered steps or unenclosed or uncovered porches) and a front, side, or rear lot line. For the purpose of establishing setbacks, all setbacks will be measured from the closest point of the structure to the yard setback being established.
What is an accessory building?
What is a nonconforming Lot?
In any district, a structure and accessory building may be erected on a lot which fails to meet the district requirements for bulk regulations, provided that said lot existed at the effective date of this Ordinance or any affecting amendment. However, the proposed structure and accessory building must still meet the yard dimensions and requirements for the district in which such lot is located. Variance of yard requirements shall be obtained only through action of the Board of Appeals. Lots of record that existed before the effective date of this Ordinance that do not comply with the lot area or lot width requirements established by applicable zoning district regulation may be used, provided: The minimum lot width shall be forty (40) feet, Front yard setback requirements shall not be reduced, No side yard setback shall be less than ten (10) feet.
What are the Road and Railroad Right of Ways?
What are the zoning requirements for Swimming Pools and Spas?
What is a Building Footprint?
A building footprint is the outline of the total area of a lot or site that is surrounded by the exterior walls of a building or portion of a building, exclusive of courtyards. In the absence of surrounding exterior walls, the building footprint shall be the area under the horizontal projection of the roof. According to MSUE Land use: If the language says in the existing footprint it would allow rebuilding in the existing footprint or less.
What are the Zoning Requirements for Travel Trailers?
Temporary Use of Recreational Vehicles as Dwellings Travel trailers, motor homes and other similar recreational vehicles designed with sleeping accommodations shall not be occupied for transient purposes for a continuous period exceeding thirty (30) days per each ninety (90) day period unless connected to electrical service and District Health Department approved sanitary facilities. Temporary occupancy of such vehicles connected to electrical and sanitary facilities shall not exceed ninety (90) days in any calendar year, except under the provisions of Section 1520. Permits for temporary use shall be obtained from the Zoning Administrator. May be parked on property indefinitely but must have valid license plate.
What are the Approved Sanitary Facilities?
I Spoke to the Health Department on May 23, 2013 about sanitary facilities. The District Health Department’s version of Approved Sanitary Facilities is: a septic system or ability to use a dump station. Lincoln Township zoning allows that a person may keep their travel trailer on their property all year round as long as it is licensed for the road. A person may stay in said trailer for up to 30 days without electrical hookup and without District Health Department approved sanitary facilities. After 30 days in any given 90 day period, a person needs to be connected to electric and meet the District Health Department requirements as explained above and they will also need a temporary use permit from the Township to stay in the trailer. The number of trailers permitted on lots is not specifically addressed in our Ordinance.
What is the definition of an Accessory Building?
What is the definition for Porches and Decks?
What are the rules for Fences?
Fences are permitted, or required subject to the following:
TOWNSHIP BUILDING INSPECTOR F.A.Q.'s
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 www.lincolntwp.com/permits_forms.htm.
Where do I get an electrical, mechanical or plumbing permit?
Contact Clare County Community Development at 989-539-2761.
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 neighbor’s 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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