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Plainfield Charter Township
6161 Belmont Ave, NE
Belmont, MI  49306-9609

Phone: 616-364-8466
Fax: 616-364-6537

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

     Office of the
Assessor
 Assessor Department Staff:

Phone: (616) 726-8880
Assessor
Appraiser
Assessing Assistant

Contact the Assessor's office for:

Click for
Frequently Asked Questions


Assessing Department Forms:

 

 

-Important Changes to Personal Property Tax Law Beginning in 2014-
Click here to read the significant changes have been made
to the Personal Property Tax law that impact SMALL BUSINESSES
(.pdf)


Understanding "Proposal A" In A Declining Market (.pdf)

Michigan Property Tax Explanation (video)
This presentation by the Michigan Department of Treasury explains why property taxes may increase while home prices are decreasing.

The Assessor's Office receives a considerable amount of public scrutiny along with State and County reviews.  That in itself makes our department somewhat unique. We have an annual review of our work by the Board of Review, which reviews our work by our most critical entity; the taxpayer. Since the passage of Proposal A and principal residence Exemptions, the Assessing Department has undergone several changes.
 


Not only are we to appraise every property in the Township (14,000+ parcels), but we also have to insure that every resident who qualifies receives a Homestead Exemption. Our 2013 State Equalized Value (SEV) is $1,114,239,800.


 

 

Important Information for Disabled Veterans
Governor Rick Snyder recently signed legislation that extends the current homestead property tax exemption for disabled military veterans to a veteran’s spouse if the veteran passes away before the tax break is granted. The existing property tax exemption eases the cost of home ownership for military veterans who were honorably discharged and are disabled and unable to work.

Click here for the Official News Announcement
Click for the full text of the amendment

Ongoing Property Assessments:
The State Tax Commission advises us to visit each property in the township on a five-year cycle. The purpose of this is to update our records and correct them if necessary. In keeping with safety and security procedures, all personnel from the Assessor’s Office will be carrying a picture ID and driving a marked Township vehicle in the residential areas. Letting our appraiser inspect your property thoroughly will insure that we have correct records and avoid mistakes. Thank you for your cooperation.

PROPERTY ASSESSMENT INFORMATION: The Online Property Information Service will let you look up information regarding township properties. The areas covered in this service include:  Property and Land Search, Assessing Comparables Search, Tax Information Search, Building Department Search (Permits, Certificates, and Projects), and Special Assessment Searches. 

Please note that all users will be able to access their records free of charge by creating an account on the site.  We no longer charge a fee for this service.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW IS YOUR PROPERTY APPRAISED?
The Assessor's Office first reviews all the property to be assessed, then values it. Accurate appraisals require constant searching and digging for significant facts to accumulate and analyze in order to estimate the fair market value of your property.

WHAT IS MARKET VALUE?
Finding the market value of your property involves discovering the price most people would pay for it in its present condition (such things as location, style, size, condition, etc., all effect the market value of property). It's not that simple, because the assessor has to find what the value would be for every property, no matter how big or small. But the assessor's job doesn't stop there. Each year it has to be done all over again, because the market value of almost everything changes from one year to the next.

WHY HAVE A PROPERTY TAX?
Properties are appraised and taxes are paid for the operation and financing of Township and County government, operation of schools, fire and police protection and other public benefits. Taxpayers share the cost, in proportion to the amount of money their individual properties are worth. The property tax is part of a well-balanced revenue system. It is a more stable source of money than sales and income taxes because it does not fluctuate when communities have recessions. When the community spends your tax dollars on better schools, parks and so on, your property values generally rise.

WHY DO ASSESSED VALUES CHANGE FROM YEAR TO YEAR?
When market value changes, naturally so does assessed value. For instance, if you were to add a garage to your home, the assessed value would probably increase. The real estate market generally increases due to many factors. The assessor has not created the value. PEOPLE MAKE VALUE by their transactions in the marketplace. The assessor simply has the legal responsibility to study those transactions and appraise your property accordingly.

TAXABLE VALUE AND THE TAX RATE?
The assessor's office has nothing to do with the total amount of taxes collected. The assessor's primary responsibility is to find the fair market value of your property, so that you may pay your fair share of the taxes. A TAX RATE applied to your property's TAXABLE VALUE determines the amount of tax you pay. The tax rate is determined by all the taxing agencies, which include the township, county, school districts and others. The assessor's office also keeps track of ownership changes, maintains maps of parcel boundaries, keeps descriptions of building and property characteristics up to date, keeps track of properties eligible for exemptions and other forms of property tax relief, such as homestead exemptions. Most importantly, the assessor analyzes trends in sale prices, construction costs, and rents to estimate the value of all assessable property. All this must be done economically, accurately and uniformly.

WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES?
If your opinion of the value of your property differs from the Assessor's, go to the office and discuss the matter. Staff will be glad to answer your questions about the appraisal and explain how to appeal if you cannot come to an agreement. The assessor's office relies on the property owner for information. You can help by providing accurate information.

PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM
The Assessor's Office continues to work on digitally photographing each dwelling within the Township. The photographs are used for assessing purposes and are maintained as part of the property record card system. All appraisers will have pictured identification with them and will be in a marked Plainfield Township vehicle, when available. 

 

 

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