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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 13, 2020
Boil drinking water until further notice
Along with Adams Township water customers, those in the City of Hancock and Portage Township are advised to boil water used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food through the weekend. This state mandated boil is a precautionary and routine procedure effected when a water system loses pressure for a significant amount of time as was necessary due to yesterday’s emergency repair of the water supply main.
Water supplier Adams Township must test three water samples 24 hours apart before the state will consider lifting the boil. Look for updates early next week.
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
February 11, 2020
Please conserve: Emergency water main repair Tuesday, Feb. 12
Our main water supplier, Adams Township will begin repairing a water main at 8 a.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Depending on the length of the repair, Portage Township water customers may experience low water pressure or a disruption in services.
Please help by conserving water use where possible to help ensure the water in our tank and lines meets everyone's needs until this repair can be completed.
February 6, 2020
No gallons listed on water bills
We're sorry this month's water/sewer bills break down the costs of services without listing your gallons used as the bills normally do. Please call the office (leave a message for the front desk if no one's here to take your call) or email to find out your current usage.
January 23, 2020
Unpaid Summer Tax Courtesy Bills Mailing
We are sending out unpaid summer tax bills as a courtesy. Tax payers have until Feb. 28 to pay at the township office before it is turned over to Houghton County.
January 21, 2020
March Ballot Millage Proposals
Attention Portage Township Residents:
There will be 3 proposals on the March 10, 2020 Primary ballot.
- 2 mils for Road and Street repair.
- 1 mil renewal for both Hurontown and Otter Lake Fire Departments
- .5 mil additional for both Hurontown and Otter Lake Fire

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January 8, 2020
Water bills due Jan. 30, 2020
Water bills will be due on Jan. 30 despite the bills listing the print date of Jan. 6 as the due date. We're sorry for any confusion this misprint caused.
December 30, 2019
Office closes at noon Monday, Dec. 30&31, 2019
The Portage Township Office closes at noon Monday, Dec. 30, and 31, due to the holiday 2019, due to inclement weather. Payments for water/sewer and tax bills in house before 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 will be recorded as being received by Dec. 31, 2019. Use the payment drop box at the front door with cash and check payments. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like a receipt for taxes.
December 19, 2019
1pm office closure Christmas Eve
Our office will close at 1pm on 12/24, Christmas Eve.
December 9, 2019
Meeting cancelled
Tonight's monthly meeting will be postponed until a future date due to the weather. We're sorry for the inconvenience.
December 9, 2019
Public Hearing on Proposed 2020 Budget
A Public Hearing to review the proposed 2020 budget will be held at 6:30 A.M. at the Twp. Office prior to the December monthly Board of Trustees meeting.

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December 9, 2019
Meeting cancelled
November 26, 2019
Snow Closure 11/27/19
Our office will be closed on 11/27/19 due to snow extreme snow conditions predicted.
November 26, 2019
Valley View Quarry Blasting Tuesday, Dec. 3
Valley View Quarry will be blasting on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
November 21, 2019
Electronic Waste Disposal
Goodwill Stores are now accepting "E" Waste for a minor charge.

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November 12, 2019
Winter Tax Bill - Late Mailing Notice
Winter tax bills will not be mailed until mid-December, but we can accept payments during the first week of December.
--During Winter 2018 taxes, a taxation error caused over billing by $840.42 total for all township taxpayers. Winter 2019 Property Taxes will include refunds of approximately $.02 to $4.00 as determined at the December 9 Board of Review.
--After the Board of Review approves the refunds, adjusted tax bills will be mailed.
--Expect to receive tax bills during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of December.
--If you do not receive your Winter 2019 Tax Bill by 1/2/20, contact the township office for a copy.
--You may pay taxes anytime from December 1 to 31 if you wish to meet federal income tax deadlines for 2019.

Tax bills can be paid:
-In person at the Township Office, Treasurer and Deputy hours will be posted.
-At the Township Office drop box 24 hours/day.
-Mailed to the Portage Township Office at 47240 Green Acres Rd Houghton, MI 49931
-Online at CLICK HERE - with a 2.7% processing fee

Contact us via email at
Call 906-482-4310 x 3 or and ask for the Treasurer
November 5, 2019
Battery Recycling
Here is an excellent, informative web-site about battery recycling:


November 1, 2019
Elevated Water/Sewer Bills
October billing will be high due to the preceding 3 month estimated, average billing during the Twp. new meter installation.

(Please See Enclosed Explanation)

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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 it’s 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.
October 1, 2019
Rescue Truck Purchase
Portage Township is applying for a USDA - Rural Development grant to assist in the purchase of a new Hurontown Fire Dept. rescue vehicle. The truck purchase and funding will be discussed at the October 14, 2019 monthly meeting which will be at 7:00 P.M. at the Township office, located at 47240 Green Acres Road.
July 1, 2019
2018 Consumer Confidence Water Quality Report
A water quality report which includes 2018 information from both the City of Houghton and Adams Township.

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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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April 8, 2019
Planning Commission 2019 Meeting Dates
The Planning Comm. generally meets at 7:00 PM at the Twp. Offices located on Green Acres Road.

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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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February 21, 2019
2019 Board of Review Meetings
Here are the State approved, Portage Township Board of Review meeting dates for 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.
July 16, 2018
Board of Review (B.O.R.) Position Vacancy
The B.O.R. meets three times a year in March, July and in December with the Twp. Assessor to address the publics various taxation issues, correct administrative errors, accept veterans disabilities, etc. To serve on this Board you must be a Township resident.

This is a hourly paid position. Knowledge of local taxation issues would be very beneficial.
June 21, 2018
Proposed Rental Ordinance
There has been the first reading of this proposed Rental Ordinance. It can be viewed in it's entirety during business hours; Monday thru Thursday 9:00 to 3:00 PM at the Township Office located on Green Acres Road, Houghton.

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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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