— Eaton County Treasurer Bob Robinson has suspended tax foreclosures of occupied properties and businesses and has extended the redemption period for property owners facing tax foreclosure in Eaton County until 2021.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Robinson. “The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented financial catastrophe for many homeowners, renters and business owners.

“Halting foreclosures on occupied properties is the best way to balance my responsibilities to state foreclosure law and to the citizens of Eaton County. We need to assist our households and businesses to get through this difficult time.”

Foreclosure for 2020 will continue for properties that pose a threat to public health, safety and welfare. Interest will continue to accrue on delinquent taxes.

Tax foreclosures in Eaton County have declined by 50 percent since 2013 — from a historical high of 60 to less than 30 in 2019.

Although the county treasurer’s office is closed to the public, all staff are working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with added safety precautions to help taxpayers work through their tax debts.

“Anyone having difficulties paying their delinquent property taxes should call us at 517-543-4262,” said Robinson.

Delinquent property taxes can also be paid by mail and online by credit card, debit card or e-check by going to the website at eatoncountytreasurer.org and following the “pay delinquent property taxes” link at the bottom of the page.

Article submitted by Eaton County Treasurer’s Office.