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The State of Michigan requires that a property’s assessed value equal 50% of its true cash value (fair market value). A property’s taxable value is determined by taking the prior year’s taxable value minus any physical losses (ex. fire or demolition), multiplied by the current year’s inflation rate (CPI), plus any physical additions (ex. new construction).
Values are based on recent sales in your neighborhood or in "like" neighborhoods if no sales have occurred. The Assessor’s Office uses mass appraisal techniques that include statistics and market trends to value property.
The taxable value times the millage rate is used to calculate your tax bill unless there are special assessments. (Taxable Value x Millage Rate divided by 1,000 = Property Tax Bill + Special Assessments.)
Under Proposal A, a property is "uncapped" in the year following a transfer of ownership and the taxable value becomes equal to the assessed value. This can sometimes create a significant change in taxes for a new property owner in the first year of ownership. After the first year, the taxable value is again "capped" and the subject only to increase by the inflation rate or 5%, whichever is less, unless there is an addition to the property or omitted property.
Inspectors from the Building Department will visit your home to ensure your project meets code. Appraisers from the Assessing Department will visit your home to ensure your property record card is complete for valuation and taxing purposes.
Staff will be performing statutory duties by gathering accurate information to update our assessing records. Staff are required to carry DeWitt Township employee identification.