What You Can Do / What We Will Do

What You Can Do
Look at the assessed value of your property. Be as objective as possible. If you believe that the market would not support the assessor's estimate of value for your property, or that your assessment is not equitable with others, call us. We may ask you to support your position by offering some evidence of the value you believe to be correct, or by indicating the values of similar (comparable) properties. We may also ask to schedule an interior inspection to aid us in our review.

What We Will Do
When you call, we will explain how we determined the value of your property, what the values are on comparable properties and offer you whatever assistance we can. The only issue we can address with you is the value of your property; the issue of the amount of your tax bill is not within the realm of our control. We will work with you to ensure the fair and equitable assessment of your property.

There are two sets of checks and balances in the assessment structure. The first check is at the county level. The county performs sales and appraisal studies to determine the level of assessment. It actually dictates to the assessing office the amount of increase or decrease to be spread across the township, by class, annually. The second check is by the State Tax Commission. The state periodically performs sales and appraisal studies to check the county studies for accuracy.

The Assessment Function

The Assessor's Office is responsible for discovering, listing and assigning value to every property within the jurisdiction. By law, the assessor is required to reassess each property in the city annually. Our office monitors all sales and analyzes the local real estate market relative to economic conditions, supply and demand factors, and other influences that affect value. The Assessor's Office has a property record card indicating ownership and sale information as well as property characteristics of every parcel in the city. The assessor uses the characteristics of your property in connection with the analysis of the real estate market to estimate a market value, then an assessed and taxable value for your property.