Around Town: Dexter Luminaries, Christmas Tree Collection, Taxpayer Assistance Programs

Dexter Luminaries

Thank you for participating in the 2020 Luminaria, and for your continued support of this special tradition. The Luminaria is funded and executed through generous donations from the community. Please keep the lights shining – consider make a donation to support the Luminaria  via GoFundMe at: or by dropping off your contribution at one of the City of Dexter drop boxes (please indicate Luminaria on the check).  

Christmas Tree Collection

Christmas Tree collection by the Department of Public Works will begin the week of December 28th. Please do not bag your trees and make sure all tinsel and ornaments have been removed.  

Taxpayer Assistance Programs

For City of Dexter residents, winter tax bills have been mailed. Tax payments are due on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 by 5:00pm. The City Offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2021 due to the Presidents’ Day holiday. Taxes paid after the due are subject to a 1% per month penalty. Delinquent parcels paid between February 17th and February 28th will be assessed an additional 3% penalty. After February 28th, unpaid real property taxes are turned over to the Washtenaw County Treasurer for collection. Below are a list of programs designed to assist taxpayers

Hardship Exemption:  The Hardship Exemption is available to homeowners who are unable to afford their taxes due to unforeseen financial hardship. This exemption is available every year, and must be applied for to the March, July, or December Board of Review. Exemption guidelines, as established by City Council, are available on the Assessing page at:

Summer/Winter Tax Deferment: This deferment is available every year as permitted by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. It allows seniors who meet certain requirements to defer payment of their summer and/or winter taxes to allow them time to file their state income tax returns. Application is made directly to the City Treasurer, and it can be found on the Property Tax Deferment page at

Disabled Veterans Exemption: This exemption from payment of all property taxes for 100% service-connected disabled veterans and their surviving un-remarried spouses is available every year. Applicants must meet state requirements, and application must be made to the March, July, or December Board of Review. Information is available on the Property Tax Information for Veterans and Military Personnel page at

Step Forward Michigan: This program provides interest-free, payment-free, forgivable loans to help homeowners catch up on delinquent property taxes, mortgage payments, and association dues. Visit for more information.

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