Newkirk Township



Enjoy your Summer in Newkirk Township

       A Wonderful place to experience all the "fun in the sun" sports and activities.


Absentee Ballots contact Cheryl @ (231) 492-7606


Click on the link below for ORV ordinance and Map.

Lake County ORV 2012.pdf  

Newkirk Township Board Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM, except for March, this meeting is held the last Tuesday of the March., all meetings held at the Newkirk Township Hall, 301 State Street   Public encouraged to attend. 

Zoning/Newkirk Twp Zoning Ordinance - August 2012.pdf

Summer Tax Payments: Summer tax bills are due and payable July 1, 2019 through Sept.  14, 2019.  For payments received after Sept. 14th, a 1% penalty will be added and an additional 1% per month will be added until paid, up to February 14th.  You may call the Treasurer for the amount due.

               For payments received after Sept. 14th interest is charged as follows:

                                                                        Spetember 15, 2019- 1%                   October 1, 2019 -2%
                                                                        November 1, 2019-3%                      December 1, 2019-4%
                                                                        January 1, 2019-5%                           February 1, 2020- 6%

                If your winter tax bill shows a summer tax amount due please add the appropriate interest to the payment.


The Michigan General Property Tax Act has been amended with Public Act 24 of 2005 to allow certain citizens, including senior citizens, veterans and persons with disabilities, to defer their summer property taxes if they have a household income below $40,000. To qualify for the deferment under the new qualifying income limit, a township resident must meet one or more of the following conditions as defined by the State Income Tax Act:

  1. Is a totally and permanently disabled person, blind person, paraplegic, quadriplegic, eligible serviceperson, eligible veteran or eligible widow or widower.
  2. Is 62 years of age or older, including the unmarried surviving spouse of a person who was 62 years of age or older at the time of death.

Township residents who believe they qualify under the new limit and wish to defer their summer property tax can obtain and Application for Deferment of Summer Taxes from the Township Treasurer's office. Collection of the approved deferred taxes will be delayed until the winter property taxes are due.




Annual Trash Clean-Up

     The annual Trash Clean-Up for Ellsworth and Newkirk Township will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm beside Luther-Newkirk Hall.  Please bring your tax bill or receipt for Township or Village identification purposes.  Be prepared to unload your vehicle.  Accepted items:  scrap iron, empty burn barrels, refrigeration units, auto batteries, open paint cans with dried up paint.  Items must be bagged, bundled or boxed.  A free electronic waste recycling trailer will be there for electronic equipment including TVs, computers and monitors.  Items not accepted:  chemicals, hazardous waste, motor oil, liquid paint, paint thinners, yard waste and household trash. (Hazardous waste disposal is scheduled for Oct. 14 in Baldwin.) Volunteers to help unload trash are needed and welcome!



 Campgrounds Near Luther

     There are several campgrounds near Luther to enjoy the outdoors and stay while visiting family.  A few are listed below:

  River’s Edge – M63 & 37

  Silver Creek State Campground – State Rd (5 miles north of Luther)

  Carrieville Campgrounds near the trails.  

Campground books are available at some local businesses and at the Library. 


You are qualified to vote by absentee ballot for any of the following reasons:

  1. I expect to be absent from the community in which I am registered for the entire time the polls are open on Election Day.
  2. I am physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another.
  3. I cannot attend the polls because of the tenets of my religion.
  4. I have been appointed an election precinct inspector in a precinct other than the precinct where I reside.
  5. I am 60 years of age or older.
  6. I cannot attend the polls because I am confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
  7. You may request an application by phone at (231) 797-5947 or by sending a written request to the Township Clerk at at P.O. Box 308, Luther, MI 49656 stating your name, address, reason for request (see above) and where to send the application or ballot. If more than one member of the family wants an absentee ballot, all must sign the letter. Add clerks address here.

Annual Trash Clean-Up \

Annual Rabies Clinic: Saturday , October 21 , 2018 The clinic will be held from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Luther-Newkirk Hall garage. We are planning to sell licenses at the clinic. You may mail a copy of  the rabies certificate and payment to the Lake County Treasurer, 800 10th st. Ste 210, Baldwin, MI 49304.  and they will mail the tags back to you.  The cost per year for spayed or neutered is $5.00 per dog.  If  NOT spayed or neutered the cost is  $15.00 per dog.  Three year licenses are available.

Hazardous Waste Disposal Lake County.There will be a Hazardous Waste Disposal October 14, 2018 9am to 12  for all residents of Lake , Osceola & Mecosta Counties. Please take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of any hazardous materials you may have around your home. The Lake County Cllection site is at the Wenger Pavilion in Baldwin (behind Jones Ice Cream Parlor).

 Lake County Website     Check out the new Lake County Website at  It contains a lot of useful information that includes:  Courthouse information, businesses, a mission statement, a YouTube Channel for Lake County and much more.  


Post Office Hours:

Monday through Friday: 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m., Saturday: 9-10:45 a.m.

For more information, call the Luther Post Office at (231) 797-5421  

                     Building Permits Required

Building permits are required for any construction in Lake County. You must contact the Lake County Building Dept. located in the Courthouse Building, 800 Tenth Street, Baldwin, MI 49304 before starting any construction. Phone: 231-745-2722





Under the State Land Division Act you need to contact the township Assessor prior to dividing any land. The minimum division is 4 acres and there is a charge of $100.00 for each split. All land transfers, such as buy, sell by owner, land contracts, etc. must be recorded within 45 days of closing.