Commerce Township Treasurer's Department

Molly B. Phillips, Commerce Township Treasurer | Phone: 248-960-7040 | Email:


A special message to “Concerned Citizen of Commerce Township” who sent an anonymous letter of complaint regarding the 3% fee charged for using a credit card to pay taxes. Please note the following:

* The credit card processing service would be charging Commerce Township this fee if it was not charged to the credit card user. In the case of summer taxes alone (of which Commerce Township is entitled to nothing – it is all school and county money), the Township would have an expense of $1,559,209.95 if all taxpayers used a credit card. This is something we simply cannot afford. Additionally, to use Township funds to cover this cost for the people who use a credit card is unfair to those who pay with cash or check.

* Next time you try to use our “point and pay” on-line system, you should take note that the payment method box (which shows credit/debit card on the home screen) is actually a drop-down menu that allows you to select an e-check as a payment method. E-checks are a flat fee of $3.00 for up to a $10,000 payment, and $10.00 for amounts in excess of $10,000. We believe this is a reasonable fee, although still much more expensive than a stamp.

I respectfully submit that Commerce Township has engaged the age of technology when it comes to cost-effective payment solutions for our citizens, and hope you find this information helpful in the future.

Duties & Responsibilities of the Commerce Township Treasurer

  • Collection and distribution of property taxes
  • Administration of tax bills
  • Investment of Township funds
  • Reconciliation of all township bank accounts
  • Management of payroll and employee benefits department
  • Administration of employee pension systems
  • Administration of Retiree Health Care Board
  • Administration of Defined Contribution Retirement System
  • Billing and collection of special assessments
  • Collection of dog license fees for Oakland County Animal Control

Property Tax Collection & Distribution
The Township Treasurer collects and distributes your property tax bill for the following entities:

  • County of Oakland
  • Lake Improvement Boards
  • Oakland Community College
  • Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner (Drain Office)
  • Oakland Schools
  • School Districts of Walled Lake and Huron Valley
  • State of Michigan
  • Commerce Township General Fund, Police, Open Space, Library, Police & Fire Millages and Special Assessments