The function of the City Assessor is to assess all taxable real and personal property in the City annually, through completion of an annual assessment roll. The purpose is to levy the taxes lawfully imposed thereon. The City Assessor evaluates all new construction, additions and losses to taxable property, as well as continually studying and analyzing the local real estate market to determine property value as of tax day, December 31. In addition, the City Assessor must also prepare all special-assessment rolls, as required, pursuant to City Council resolution.

The City Assessor is responsible for maintaining the Land File System. The Land File System consists of name, address and legal description of all real-property parcels, and the name and address of all personal-property parcels in the City. The City Assessor provides property data to local realtors, fee appraisers, taxpayers and the general public daily. It also maintains the mapping system by processing all requested and approved splits and combinations of real-property parcels.

The City Assessor provides the means of assessment appeal through the March Board of Review and correction of mutual mistakes of fact or clerical error by convening the July and December Boards of Review, as required by law. The City Assessing Department is also responsible for the preparation and defense of all assessment petitions to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. The City Assessing Department must prepare the reports, forms and warrants mandated by the county and state for equalization of assessments and the spreading of property taxes.

The Assessing Department is a source of information to the public by maintaining data on each parcel of property located within the City. The data available includes:

Taxpayer of record information, lot size, physical improvements to the land, property descriptions, sales data, drawings and maps. This information can be found online here.

The Assessing Department will determine whether a property qualifies for a "principal residence" exemption from the 18 mills of school operating tax. To be eligible for the principal residence" exemption, you must own and occupy the home as your principal residence as of June 1st of the current year and have filed a valid Homeowner's Principal Residence Exemption affidavit with the Assessor's Office.

To view assessing data, visit AccessMyGov.
To view Subdivision Plat Maps, visit Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, or LARA.

Board of Review

The Board of Review convenes on the second and fourth Monday in March of each year to hear the complaints of all persons considering themselves aggrieved by their assessments and to consider poverty exemptions. The March Board of Review is the only opportunity to appeal the assessed value and/or the tentative taxable value. General Property Tax Law also provides for a special meeting of the Board of Review to be held on specific days in July (Tuesday following the 3rd Monday) and December (Tuesday following the 2nd Monday) for the purpose of correcting clerical errors or mutual mistakes, to grant principal residence exemptions, and to consider poverty exemptions.

Board of Review Meeting Dates:
Monday, March 14, 12 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.                                    
Tuesday, March 22, 6 to 9 p.m.                                    
Monday, March 28, 9 to 11:30 a.m. & 1 to 5 p.m.                                                                      

The 2016 Taxable Value, the Assessed Value, the State Equalized Value, the Property Classification, or the Transfer of Ownership may be appealed by filing a protest with the local Board of Review.  If you wish to appeal,  an  APPOINTMENT must be made by contacting the Assessor’s Office at (248) 691-7550 not later than Wednesday, March 23, 2016.  (A non-resident may appeal by letter, provided the letter is received in the Assessor’s Office not later than March 28, 2016).

Helpful Forms

Home Sales
Homeowner's Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit
Request to Rescind Homeowner's Principal Residence Exemption
Property Transfer Affidavit
2016 Personal Property Statement Form 632 (L-4175)
2016 Personal Property Exemption Form 5076
2016 Eligible Manufacturing Personal Property (EMPP) Form 5278
Veterans Exemption Application


Helpful Links

Assessing Search

LARA Plat Map Search