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The first thing you should do is talk to your local Assessor about the valuation on your parcel. Check the appraisal records to make sure all components of the property are correct. If you wish to proceed at this point, you may lodge an appeal with your local March Board of Review. The Board of Review is set up under the Michigan General Property Tax Law. The Board consists of three, six, or nine members, appointed by the Township Supervisor, and approved at a public meeting by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Review will hear your appeal and will make a decision using their best judgment.
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The Taxable Value is the lower of the State Equalized Value or the capped value. The taxable value is then multiplied by the millage rate to produces the amount of tax dollars. The taxable value was created upon the passage of Proposal A, by the electorate in 1994.
The State Equalized Value is the result of the county equalized value being subject to review by the Michigan State Tax Commission. The Tax Commission may add to, subtract from, or approve the county equalized value as submitted. Upon their action, it becomes the State Equalized Value.
The assessed value is the estimate of one-half of fair market value, which is calculated by the local unit of government's assessing department. The Michigan State Constitution requires the assessed value be set at this level.
The assessed value as placed by the local assessing department is reviewed by the county equalization department. The equalization department may add to, subtract from, or approve it as submitted. Upon their action, it becomes the county equalized value.
Yes! Most department records are considered public records and are open for inspection during normal business hours.
You may telephone the Township Assessing Department or the City to make an appointment. In order to make a personal appearance before the board, you must first make an appointment. If you wish to lodge an appeal by mail, your letter of appeal must be postmarked no later than the Tuesday following the second Monday in March.
You have the right to file an appeal with the Michigan Tax Tribunal. This appeal must be filed with the Tribunal on or before June 30th of the current year, using the following address:
Michigan Tax Tribunal1033 S WashingtonP.O. Box 30232Lansing, MI., 48909Phone: 517-334-6521
The taxable value can increase from year to year by 5% or the amount of the consumer price index, whichever is less. Additions or losses to the property are also taken into consideration. The formula is the previous taxable value, minus losses, multiplied by 1.05 % or the consumer price index, whichever is less, plus any additions equals the Capped Value
You may send a person to represent you, or as provided by resolution of the Board of Trustees, you may file an appeal to the Board of Review by letter. Please include the reason for appeal, your parcel number, and your telephone number. The Board of Review will conduct an appeal review for you, and notify you of their decision by first class mail.
Known as tax day throughout the state, December 31 is the date used, taking into consideration the status of the property and the economic conditions of the area.
This is a mandate of Public Act 206 of 1893 as amended, also known as the Michigan General Property Tax Law.