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Tax And Assessing Department Overview

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Tax Department Hours
Monday through Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Phone 248-449-9901
Fax 248-305-2894
Email

Assessing Department Hours
Thursdays 8:00 – 4:30 pm
Other times by appointment only
Phone 248-305-2704
Fax 248-305-2892
Email

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Tax Overview

The Tax Department is responsible for collecting all current real and personal property taxes for the City of Northville as well as Delinquent Personal Property. The Tax Department will assist persons requesting tax information for real and/or personal property. Information on a parcel could be in regards to legal descriptions, property and mailing addresses, name of taxpayer, assessed and taxable value, homestead status, escrow agents, summer tax deferment and current tax payment status. Applications are available through the Treasurer's Office for summer tax deferment. (To view "Application For Deferment of Summer Taxes" click here.)

After 1994, a taxable value was determined for each property in addition to the State Equalized Value (SEV).  Taxable value is the lower of either capped value or SEV. Capped values that are increased are limited to the lesser of 5% or the rate of inflation over the previous year's taxable value. Although SEV is still based on market conditions, taxable value is in place to control property taxes.

For your convenience, a payment drop box is located inside the front entrance doors of City Hall at 215 West Main Street. If you have any questions, please call the Tax Department at 248-449-9901, or by email.

Delinquent Tax Sale

The General Property Tax Act, Public Act 206 of 1893, as amended, requires the County Treasurer to foreclose real property for failure to pay delinquent property taxes. See County website for information, rules and regulations.

Assessing Overview

The Assessing Department keeps records on all properties including land and buildings. The "traditional" assessed value is still required by law to be established at 50% of true cash value. The State Constitution still requires the assessed value to be uniform with the assessments of other similar properties.

According to the Michigan Supreme Court, a Board of Review may not make wholesale or across the board adjustments to assessments. A Board of Review must consider each parcel and act upon it individually. A Board of Review did not have and does not now have the authority to make changes to alter, evade or defeat an equalization factor assigned by the county or the state.

Neither Proposal A nor its implementing language authorized assessors or boards of review to "follow sales" when determining the assessed value of properties. "Following sales" is described in the assessor's manual as the practice of ignoring the assessment of properties which have not recently been sold while making significant changes to the assessments of properties which have been sold. The practice of "following sales" is a serious violation of the law.

If you have any questions regarding your assessment, the City Assessor will be glad to help. Thursdays from 8:00am - 4:30pm. Phone: 248-305-2704 Fax: 248-305-2892 or by Email.

News

Property Tax Assessment notices will arrive soon

Pat Sullivan MME PresidentThe City Assessor will mail the annual notices of real and personal property assessments to property owners/taxpayers by the end of February. The assessment notice will state the “assessed value” and the tentative “state equalized value” (SEV) for both this year and the prior year. Those values should not exceed 50% of market value. Carefully review the notice.

The assessment notice will also state the “taxable value” (TV) for the prior and present year and whether the property was transferred as to uncap the TV. Taxable value is the lesser of SEV and the previous year’s taxable value adjusted for inflation, with adjustments for additions and losses. The taxable value is uncapped and reset at SEV when a property transfers in the prior calendar year. The Inflation Rate Multiplier for 2018 for the State of Michigan is set at 2.1%.

Annually, the City assessor reviews records, including recent property sales (Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2017), detailed reports on lands and buildings, and builder permits, along with personal visits when needed, to determine the size, components and condition of such properties.

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