Newkirk Township

Newkirk Township, Lake County

The Newkirk Township Board of Review for March 2021 will be held by electronic remote access, unless by the dates of the March Board of Review meetings it becomes lawful under state agency rules for an indoor in-person public meeting to be held. Electronic remote access, in accordance with Michigan law, will be implemented in response to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and limitations on the number of individuals in an indoor public gathering.

If in-person public meetings become a lawful option, then the meeting will be held both in person at the Newkirk Township Hall, 301 State Street, Luther, MI 49656 and via electronic remote access.

The public may participate in the meeting through electronic remote access via Zoom access by computer, smart phone/device using the following link:

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Meeting ID: 823 4036 3537
Passcode: 668455
Friday, March 12, 2021
Meeting ID: 867 4761 8877
Passcode: 251057

The public may also participate by landline phone or cell phone by calling into this number: (312) 626 6799 US

The Newkirk Township March Board of Review will meet on the following dates:

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, March 12, 2021, 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

By board resolution, taxpayers are able to protest by letter (with Form L-4035 attached) sent to or P.O. Box 308 Luther, MI 49656 provided protest is received prior to March 3, 2021.

Americans With Disabilities (ADA) Notice

The Township will provide necessary reasonable services to individuals with disabilities at the
Board of Review meetings upon 2 days notice.
Contact: Gretchen Allan, Supervisor, Phone (231) 499-9082

Board of Review Members: Gus Motzer, Kristine Raymond, David Knight
Gretchen Allan, Secretary of Board of Review

Notes: Per MCL 211.29(6), the notice of the date, time, and place of the March meetings of the board of review must be given at least 1 week before the meeting by publication in a generally circulated newspaper serving the area. The notice must appear in three (3) successive issues of the newspaper where available; otherwise, by posting the notice in five (5) conspicuous places in the township.

This notice is required for the March BOR meetings only. Only the Open Meetings Act notice (either regular meeting schedule posted at beginning of year OR special meeting notice posted 18 hours prior) is required for any July or December BOR meetings

Lake County Internet Growth - Broadband Initiative
The Lake County Broadband Committee is comprised of local community leaders from various sectors with a common mission of enhancing and expanding broadband internet access, adoption, and use throughout the county for the benefit of residents and businesses. To that end, the Committee has partnered with Connected Nation Michigan and their "Connected Community" program to assess the present state of broadband in Lake County and establish a broadband planning process and plan to address our current and future broadband needs.

To perform an assessment of Lake County's current broadband environment, the Committee will be conducting surveys of residents, businesses, and other organizations across the county. Responses to these surveys will help us better understand the existing resources and capabilites we now have to support  our access, adoption, and use of broadband technology in our homes and businesses. After a structured evaluation of this assessment, we'll then develop appropriate action plans and projects to improve our broadband environment most effectively.

Our Community Broadband Assessment and related surveys will be launched on October 15th and continue to January 2021. Results from this work will be shared with the public, followed by additional work to develop a county-wide Action Plan to address identified areas of need.

Your participation in the broadband survey and overall support of the efforts of Lake County Broadband Committee are very important in developing an accurate assessment of broadband availability and related needs in Lake County. To take the survey as a resident, a business over, or designated representatives of another organizaiton, please go to: and select the appropriate option. Please share this information with your peers and encourage others to take the survey!

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.

Qualifying Income Limit To Defer Winter Property Taxes

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.

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 Rabies Clinic

2021 Schedule TBD
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.

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

Land Divison

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.