Frequently Asked Questions
How is my tax bill calculated?
Property taxes are calculated by multiplying the taxable value of the property by the millage rate. You can visit the State of Michigan website to estimate your property taxes.
What is the millage rate?
Each governing body that levies property taxes sets its own millage rate annually. Usually, a city charter or a vote of the electorate has determined the maximum number of mills each governing body can levy. A mill represents $1 per $1000 of taxable value. Please visit the millage information page to view prior year millage rates.
How is my assessed value determined?
Assessors use a state required mass appraisal method to value properties. We estimate land values from sales data and building values from a state cost manual. Then, we analyze sales data from your neighborhood and develop factors we use to further adjust our estimates to reflect local market value.
Why does my assessed value change even though I haven't made any improvements to my home?
Your market value can change even when there is no physical change to your property. A growing economy or increasing population can push housing values steadily upward. The Assessor does not create increases in property value. He/she recognizes changes as they occur and must adjust values accordingly.
Assessed value changes vary according to the individual characteristics of houses in relation to sales in your area. Building style, size and amenities such as porches, decks, garages and extra bathrooms affect value estimates.
I just purchased a house in the city, why isn't my assessed value one half of the sale price?
Michigan law prohibits assessors from basing values on one sale price. We are required to value your property based on the methods used to value other properties in your area. While we hope our value estimate is close to your sale price, it is an estimate and may not be the same as your recent sale.