Property Tax Info
Assessed Value and Your Property Taxes
Assessed Value: This value is half of the fair market value of your property. This value changes each year based on the expected sale price of your property as determined by the assessor. The assessor studies groups of actual sales in neighborhoods, taking into consideration the description of your property (land value, building age and size, etc.), sales studies from Montcalm County, and State of Michigan guidelines.
In February of each year, property owners receive a "Notice of Assessment", which states the new Taxable and Assessed Values for that year.
Review this notice! If you don't understand or you disagree, please call the assessor. You may also schedule an appointment at the March hearings of the Board of Review. At the hearing, the three community members who serve on this Board will listen to your evidence about your property value, and they may change the assessor's valuation.
Taxable Value: This value is used to calculate your tax bill. Your tax bill is calculated by multiplying the Taxable Value and the millage rates (divided by 1000), plus a 1% administration fee.
This value increases each year by the inflation rate (as determined by the State Tax Commission), but not more than 5% and not higher than the Assessed Value. The value of new construction is also added. If a property is transferred to a new owner, the Taxable Value is 'uncapped' - made equal to the Assessed Value.
Paying Property Taxes through Mortgage Escrows: Do you pay your property taxes through an escrow account with your mortgage lender? If you pay your taxes via mortgage escrow and you have either recently refinanced, paid off your existing mortgage loan or you have a financed a new home, please call the Treasurer's office at 616-636-8570 and verify the mortgage lender so we have the correct information updated in our system for tax billing purposes.
Tax Bills: You should receive your Summer tax bill and or copy in the first week of July and your Winter bill should be mailed to you the first week of December. Please be sure you read your tax bills as they contain a lot of information, i.e. Due dates, office hours of operation, including holidays, drop box location, return receipt rules, etc. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail or call us by telephone.
Applications for Deferment: Applications for deferment must be filed with the Treasurer's office prior to September 14.
Qualifications are as follows:
Your gross household income for preceding year did not exceed $40,000
You are a senior citizen (62 years old or older)
You are a paraplegic, quadriplegic
You are an Eligible Serviceperson, Eligible Veteran, Eligible Widow of Widower
You are a blind person
You are totally and permanently disabled
Agricultural deferments are also available for those who qualify
Homeoner's Principal Residence Exemption (P.R.E.)
All homeowners, especially new ones, should check to make sure you are receiving the Homeowner's Principal Residence Exemption (PRE). In order to qualify for your tax exemption, you must be living in your house of the current tax year by June 1st. By receiving the Principal Residence Exemption, your tax bill should read: P.R.E. %: 100.0000.
Access Tax Information:
Tax Exemption Forms:
Principal Residence Exemption (100% Homestead)
Rescind Principle Residence Exemption
Poverty Exemption Form
Disabled Veteran Tax Exemption Form
Disabled Veteran Exemption Requirements