Sen. Green: How to Effectively Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment guide now available

LANSING, Mich.—Property tax assessments are being delivered, and state Sen. Mike Green said 31st District residents can now obtain free information on his website on how to appeal them if owners believe they may be inaccurate.

“With the volatile housing market in Michigan, property owners may find an increase in their tax assessments, causing them to question whether it is accurate,” said Green, R-Mayville. “It’s important to make sure property tax assessments are right, and I encourage residents to review theirs carefully. It will be time well spent.”

Green said it is a good idea to check for errors on property record cards, and to look over homes for structural damage or problems not associated with general aging that could affect the value of the property. It’s also smart to research comparable properties in your area.

If property owners believe an assessment is in error, an appeal can be made to the local Board of Review and, if necessary, the Michigan Tax Tribunal.

Green introduced legislation last year that would enable property owners to appeal property tax assessments to their board of review by letter and would not require them to appear in person. It remains under consideration.

More information on how to effectively appeal your property tax assessment, as well as a link to the 2012 Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide reference publication, can be found here.