The Board of Review meets in March, July and December.
Petition form must be completed prior to attendance.
Appointments are necessary. You can make them by calling 231-922-4759. If you have any other questions, call 231-922-4759.
Assessing Board of Review
The members of the Board of Review are volunteers from your neighborhood who review the assessment roll on behalf of the township residents. The size, composition, and manner of appointment of the Board of Review is prescribed by the Township Charter.
The Board of Review shall convene in its first session on the Tuesday following the second Monday in March. The Board of Review shall convene in its second session on the Tuesday following the fourth Monday in March. Two of the 3 members of a Board of Review Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of the business of the committee.
All non-exempt property must be assessed at 50 percent of true cash value and uniformly assessed with other property in the classification. The purpose of the board of review is to ascertain that this has been accomplished. A taxpayer may appeal his or her assessed value and/or taxable value. No person can appeal his or her assessment to the tax tribunal unless he or she has first appeared before the board of review.
The board of review consists of three members appointed by the Township Board for a two-year term that begins on January 1 of each odd-numbered year. Townships may appoint six or nine members to the board of review to hear appeals in subcommittees composed of three members each. Two members of a subcommittee constitute a quorum. The assessment roll, however, must be endorsed by a majority of the entire board.
Each member must take the constitutional oath of office, administered by the Clerk, within 10 days after appointment. Board of Review members must be qualified electors, land owners and tax payers. No member of the School Board or Township Board nor a spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, son or daughter, including an adopted child, of the Assessor may serve on the Board of Review.
The Township Supervisor serves as Board of Review secretary and is statutorily responsible for the Board of Review minutes, but does not vote, except on poverty exemptions. In the absence of the Supervisor, the board must appoint one of its members as secretary. The Board of Review's minutes should provide an accurate account of what occurred at the meetings, including all assessment roll changes. The minutes must be filed with the Township Clerk together with any statements made by persons assessed. The State Tax Commission may prescribe the form of the record.
The Board of Review meets on the Tuesday following the first Monday in March to review and examine the property assessment roll made by the assessor--this meeting is often referred to as the organizational meeting. The Board of Review is not required to hear individual assessment appeals at its organizational meeting. However, the Open Meetings Act requires that citizens be given an opportunity for public comment at any open meeting of a public body. The Board can establish reasonable rules for the public comment period, including limiting the amount of time an individual may speak and the time on the agenda when public comment will be permitted. Any established rules or procedures should be posted where the Board of Review meetings will be held and additional copies should be available for individuals attending the meetings.
Notice of the Board of Review's meeting time, date and place must be published at least one week prior to the meeting in a newspaper of general circulation within the township. The notice must appear in three successive issues of the newspaper; in none is available, the notice must be posted in five conspicuous township places.
The Board of Review has the authority to do the following: change the assessed value of a parcel, change the tentative taxable value, change the classification, grant or deny a hardship or poverty exemption, change qualified agricultural property, grant exempt status for nonprofit organizations or certain religious or charitable properties, override the decision of the assessor on a homestead exemption and change clerical errors, mutual mistakes of fact and items such as addresses, descriptions or name misspellings on the assessment roll at its July and December meetings.
Those appearing to file a protest at a scheduled meeting or appointment shall be given an opportunity to be heard by the board.
The Board of Review must schedule a final meeting after it makes any change in the assessment of property or adds property to the roll. Every person who makes a protest shall be notified in writing by the board not later than the first Monday in June of the board's action on the protest. This notice must include information concerning the right to appeal to the Michigan Tax Tribunal, the time limits for such appeal and the tribunal's address. A majority of the board must endorse the roll and sign a statement to the effect of its approval of the roll as amended. The completed roll must be delivered by the supervisor or assessor to the county equalization director not later than the 10th day after the board of review's adjournment or the Wednesday following the first Monday in April, whichever date first occurs.
The Board of Review may also meet on the Tuesday following the second Monday in December, and on the Tuesday after the third Monday in July to review and correct any clerical errors or mutual mistakes of fact on assessments where such errors or mistakes are certified by the Township Supervisor or Assessor. The mistakes can involve the current or preceding tax year. Public Act 74 of 1995 also allows the July or December board of review to grant a homestead or agricultural exemption in the year for which the exemption was claimed or the immediate succeeding year.
The Board may also grant poverty or hardship exemptions to qualified individuals under federal and township guidelines, including deviations from those guidelines for substantial and compelling reasons. A poverty exemption appeal may be heard at the July or December Board of Review, but only for the year in which the appeal is made.