News & Announcements  
July 16, 2020
Planning Comm. Meeting and Public Hearing via Zoom
There will be a Zoom Hearing at 7:00 P.M. est. to consider the Township's Stormwater Runoff Ordinance. Shortly after the Public Hearing is completed, at 7:30 P.M., there will be a regular quarterly meeting of the Township's Planning Commission.

Zoom Meeting Protocols are as follows:

The Zoom Website: CLICK HERE
The Hearing/Meeting ID Number: 96248854409
The Hearing/Meeting Dial In Number: 1-929-436-2886

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July 13, 2020
Township Monthly Meeting Utililizing Zoom
The Twp. will once again meet remotely at 11:00 A.M. via Zoom.

The Public is Invited to Participate.

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July 1, 2020
For Review: Proposed Stormwater Ordinance
For citizen review.

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July 1, 2020
Summer 2020 Property Tax Information
 Treasurer contact info: 906-482-4310 or
 Property tax hours: all tax questions should be directed via phone or email to the Treasurerís office. Messages will be checked and emails will be replied to as the treasurer and deputy treasurer process payments in the office.
 No in-person tax collection/tax meetings: Due to Covid-19 concerns, in-person appointments must be made by calling or emailing the treasurer. There will be no in-person tax collection or payments. The treasurer is in the office from 9am to 3pm on Monday 9/14/2020.
 Summer Tax Due Dates: taxes must be received on or before September 14 to avoid penalty.
 Tax bill mailing: tax bills are printed and mailed during the first two weeks in July. If you do not receive your bill by July 21, please contact the Treasurerís office and request a new one.
 Didnít get your bill? If you do not receive your property tax bill by the 3rd/4th weeks of July, please call or email the Treasurerís office, to request another copy and verify your address*.
 Payment Forms: check, money order, credit card (through an outside processor with a 2.7% fee), or cash with exact change are accepted for payments. Because collection is not in person, change cannot be made.
 Send payments to: Portage Township Office at 47240 Green Acres Rd, Houghton, MI 49931 attn: Treasurer, dropped 24 hours/day in our payment drop box, or made online at https:/ with credit card, or by calling 844-278-0929 for credit card payments.
 Receipts: can be emailed for free, please include email address, or a self-addressed-stamped-envelope, if you would like a receipt.
 Automatic payments: To sign up via ACH prior to August 15, please 906-482-4310, or email
 Partial payments: Partial payments are accepted at any time through February 28 (the closing date for all 2020 taxes, both Summer and Winter).
July 1, 2020
Office closed Thursday, July 2, 2020 for Independence Day
The office will be closed Thursday, July 2, 2020 in observance of the 4th of July.
July 1, 2020
Latest Stormwater Runoff Ordinance
Here is the latest Township Stormwater Runoff Ordinance that will be discussed at a a Planning Commission Public Hearing on July 16, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. via zoom remote software. (See Planning Commission public hearing/meeting announcement)

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June 26, 2020
Absentee Ballot Drop Box
Attention: You can now drop off your absentee ballots at our Township office drop box for your convenience. We would like to lessen the foot traffic in our office so please utilize this option if you prefer not to mail them in.

June 26, 2020
Recreational Marijuana - Township Discussions
Over the past few months the Board of Trustees in public forums have discussed Recreational Marijuana and how it might be introduced in the Township. This is a brief synopsis of those discussions. Later this summer the Board will schedule and hold a public meeting just to discuss this topic.

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June 22, 2020
Special meeting to review the Pilgrim River Hills site plan
A speicial meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, June 24,2020 at 7 p.m. to review the Pilgrim River Hills site plan:

ID 96248854409
Dial 1 929 436 2866
June 21, 2020
Board of Trustees monthly meeting time change
Our Next Regular Monthly Meeting scheduled for July 13, 2020 will meet via Zoom at 11 A.M.
Zoom link will be posted at a later date.
June 10, 2020
2019 Consumer Confidence Report
This report identifies all the water suppliers for the Township, their sources of potable water and the respective water testing done during the 2019.

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May 26, 2020
Recreational Marijuana Zoom Meeting
At 1:00 P.M. via Zoom Meetings the locations and facilities for Recreational Marijuana will be discussed.

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May 21, 2020
Zoom - Off Site Meeting Announcement
The Board of Trustees Regular Monthly Meeting scheduled to meet in Tapiola at the Doelle Senior Center has been changed to a Zoom meeting at 1P.M. on June 8, 2020

Amy Skewes - Clerk
May 21, 2020
Absentee Voter Applications
Attention Portage Township Residents: The Township will be mailing out Absentee Ballot Applications early next week to those voters on our permanent absentee voter list. The State of Michigan is sending out applications to all voters NOT on the permanent list. Every registered voter will receive an application to receive a ballot for the August and November Election.

There is a possibility of residents receiving more than one application, sometimes political parties also send these out.

If you have any questions or if you do not receive an application please call 906-482-4310 or email

Amy Skewes, Clerk
May 11, 2020
Face Mask Requirement at Township Hall

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March 31, 2020
New CARES Act Website/Information
Here is some information about the newly passed Cares Act which has the Payroll Protection Program contained within it. Such entities as: eligible non-profits, independent contractors, small businesses, self-employed individuals, etc. can participate in this US Treasury Funded program. The web-site for this information is located at the "Small Bushiness Association of Michigan" Web-page --> CLICK HERE

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March 30, 2020
2020 Tentative Planning Commission Meeting Dates
The four Planning Commission Public Meeting Dates for 2020 are:

>> February 13, 2020
>> May 7, 2020
>> July 16, 2020
>> October 8, 2020

Please Note: These are Tentative Dates. The Meeting Might Also Occur Using the ZOOM app.

March 17, 2020
How to set up automatic payments from checking and savings accounts
Here's the form for automatic payments for water/sewer and tax bills

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March 16, 2020
Township and the CoVid 19 Virus
The Township has taken steps to limit both the public as well as staff possible exposure to the CoVid Virus. (see attached memo)

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March 12, 2020
March 10 primary election results
Here are our March 10 primary election results:

Joe Biden 235

Bernie Sanders 215

Donald Trump 180


2 mills for 8 years for road/street repair 482 yes
215 no
1 mill renewal for 8 years for fire depts. 545 yes
152 no
.5 mills for 8 years for fire depts. 472 yes
221 no
February 13, 2020
Planning Commission Public Hearing 7pm, 2/13/2020
On Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7pm, the Portage Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to discuss allowing churches within M1 (Manufacturing) zoned districts. Zoning maps are available at the township office.
February 12, 2020
Winter Final Tax Hours

-Friday, February 14, 10am to 2pm: Winter Taxes Due
-Friday, February 28, 9am to 3pm: final date for 2019 Winter and Summer Tax collection at the Township Office
-Monday, March 2, 9am to 3pm: final tax processing date

Payments received by mail/drop box by 9am Monday, Feb. 17, are applied with a February 14 date.
Payments received after Feb. 17, 9am, incur penalties as listed on the tax bill.

Payments received by mail/drop box by 9am Monday, March 2, are applied with a Feb. 28 date.

Tax and water payments can be made:
-In person at the township office
-At the township office drop box
-Mailed to the township office: Portage Township 47240 Green Acres Rd. Houghton, MI 49931
-Online or over the phone with credit card (2.7% fee applies) via instructions on your tax bill. For a receipt, include a self-addressed or email
November 21, 2019
Electronic Waste Disposal
Goodwill Stores are now accepting "E" Waste for a minor charge.

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November 5, 2019
Battery Recycling
Here is an excellent, informative web-site about battery recycling:


October 24, 2019
Consolidation of Precincts
Attention residents: The Township board voted to consolidate precincts 1 and 2: anyone who voted at precinct 1 will now vote at precinct 2 (Hurontown fire hall). This move was recommended by the state and the board felt itís a good use of resources (the township office will now remain open on election day). If you voted at the Township office, you will receive a new voter ID card reflecting your polling location change. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at 482-4310 or stop in.
May 14, 2019
Residential/Commercial Water & Sewer Rates
At the May 13, 2019 Monthly Board of Trustees Meeting Commercial/Business rate schedule for water and sewer was passed.

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March 28, 2019
Water/Sewer and Initial Hook-Up Rates
As of April 01, 2019 this rate schedule applies.

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February 21, 2019
Ord. 147 - Prohibition of Rec. Marajuana
Ordinance 147, the Prohibition of Recreational Marijuana Establishments has had a first reading on Feb. 19, 2019. The second reading and proposed acceptance will occur at the Township Board of Trustees monthly meeting on March 11, 2019.

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July 18, 2018
Property Tax Payment/Explainations
Property taxes can be paid in person from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The Deputy-Treasurer will be present during those times to answer any explicit questions about your property tax bill.

If there is no questions concerning your tax bill - Payment can be made to the Twp. Staff Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 A.M to 3:00 P.M. or payment can be placed in the drop box after hours.
August 2, 2017
Monthly Meeting Minutes Availability
Monthly Board Minutes are available in hard copy at the Township Office located at 47240 Green Acres Road during normal business hours Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 am thru 3:00 pm.
May 18, 2017
2017 - 2022 Recreation Plan
This 5 year plan was adopted by the Board of Trustees. It will be used for resource allocation and grant pursuance.

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July 26, 2016
Limited English Proficiency Plan
This plan is required by the Federal Government to assist English challenged individuals.

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