Houghton County Treasurer's Office

Houghton County Treasurer's Office
Houghton County Courthouse
2nd Floor
401 E. Houghton Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931

906-482-0560 [Phone]
906-483-0364 [FAX]


Monday - Friday:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed Legal Holidays

Staff & Contacts

Lisa Mattila
County Treasurer

Karen Semmens
Chief Deputy Treasurer

Pamela Fountaine
Senior Accounts Processor

Jason Coffey
Senior Accounts Processor


The office of the County Treasurer was established by the Michigan State Constitution (Article VII, Section 4). The four-year term of office is filled by partisan election. The duties and powers of the County Treasurer are provided by state law and by authorization of the County Board of Commissioners.

The two main roles of the treasurer are as the custodian of all county funds and the collector of taxes. Additionally, the treasurer fulfills many other duties.

The county receives money from several sources. The principal source of revenue is an ad valorem property tax. Other income is received from state and federal grants, interest income and various service and license fees.

Many of the county's departments collect money in the course of their business. This money is periodically deposited with the treasurer, who is in a sense, the county's banker.

Besides revenue items, the treasurer is responsible for large amounts of money in various trust and agency funds. These include, but are not limited to, such classes as circuit court trust, veterans' trust, and special drainage districts.

Services Provided

Some of the services provided to the public by the county Treasurer's Office:

  • Collection of delinquent real estate property taxes

  • Certification of property deeds/plats

  • Property tax information such as values, tax amounts, owner's name & address

  • Tax histories/searches

  • Tax sale information source

  • Partial payment plans

  • Public computer use with county mapping files

  • Land Bank Authority

  • GIS mapping

  • Property Tax Assistance Program
    MSHDA Michigan Homeowners Assistance Fund
    The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) launched the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund (MIHAF) to ease hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The funds are available to assist homeowner’s mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosure, loss of utilities or home energy services and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardships.

    The Houghton County Treasurer's Office is a MIHAF participating partner. To apply, visit Michigan.gov/MIHAF or call toll-free 1-844-756-4423.

Forms & Documents