Treasurer's Role & Responsibilities

By statute, the treasurer is required to receive and take charge of all funds belonging to the township or which are required by law to be paid into the township treasury, and to pay over and account for the funds according to law or township board decision. (MCL 41.76)

It is very important that the township treasurer diligently maintain accurate records of all revenue and disbursements, promptly deposit all receipts in the township depository or depositories and invest idle funds with lawful investment vehicles. The treasurer should maintain a uniform system of accounting as promulgated by the state treasurer and should keep accurate accounting for each township fund so that he or she can accurately report on the status of those funds. The treasurer should notify the board if cash balances in any fund become overdrawn or if overdrawing appears imminent. The treasurer must, however, pay out funds on the order of the township board notwithstanding any disagreement concerning the disbursements, provided the disbursement is not clearly a mistake or illegal.

Royal Oak Township's Treasurer's Office

Property tax collection is the main function of the Charter Township of Royal Oak Treasurer's Office. While the actual taxable values of property are determined in the Supervisor’s or Assessor's Office, the tax billings and tax payment collections originate from the Treasurer's Office. 

All money transactions involving real property and personal property taxes, special assessments and dog licenses are processed through the Treasurer's Office. 

Questions involving balances, amounts, dates and payment inquiries concerning tax bills and special assessments should be directed to this office.

Building permits, housing inspection fees and business license fees are billed from each of the respective departments and payments are then made in the Treasurer's Office.

Payment can be made by cash, check, money order, credit card and debit cards. Checks and money orders should be made payable to: Charter Township of Royal Oak. Please go to the payment options tab for more information regarding payment options.


Cynthia Phillips
Fax: 248-547-0060


Deputy Treasurer
Paula Washington-Donald

Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
& Alternate Thursdays
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Royal Oak Township Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.