Assessing Department

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The Assessing Department consists of the City Assessor (Debra J. Kopp) and several office and field appraisers. All employees are annually certified by the Michigan State Tax Commission. The Assessing Department is responsible for various property tax administration functions.

Department Functions

  • Prepare and Certify the Assessment Roll in Compliance with the General Property Tax Act
  • Appraise all Real and Personal Property within the City for the Purpose of Local Property Taxation
  • Ensure that all Parcels of Land in the City are Identified with Legal Descriptions and Parcel Location Maps
  • Describe the Physical Improvements for all Commercial, Industrial and Residential Structures
  • Administrate the March, July and December Board of Review
  • Defend Appeals at the Michigan Tax Tribunal
  • Process Applications for Land Splits and Combinations
  • Maintain Owner of Record through Recorded Deeds and Property Transfer Affidavits
  • Maintain Detailed Sales Information on all Properties in the City
  • Ensure that all Transfers of Ownership Result in Taxable Values Calculated According to Michigan Statute
  • Process Principal Residence Exemption Affidavits
  • Administrate Various Real and Personal Property Tax Exemptions, including Disabled Veteran Exemptions, Poverty Exemptions, Industrial Facilities Tax Exemptions, Small Business Taxpayer Exemptions and Eligible Manufacturing Personal Property Exemptions
  • Special Assessment Districts

Public Inspection of Records

Records are available for viewing at the Assessing Department located at City Hall. The Assessing Department's normal business hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Records are also available online at no cost.