** Toni will be out of the office from Monday April 22nd-Friday May 3rd **
Assessor Toni Swisher - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-12:00. Emails for initial contact are preferred from Jan 2019 until end of Feb while she works on closing the books on 2018. Because she spends time out in the field in the afternoon, it is best to call ahead. You can email Toni at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Board of Review consists of Lee H. Strohl, W. Timothy Hawkins and Edward Gramberg. They meet in March, July and December.
Forms and Documents
The Board of Review
The Board of Review is set up to determine whether or not your property is "fairly assessed" (FAIR MARKET VALUE). They can only help you if you have documents to verify what you believe the Fair Market Value to be.
How can I appeal my assessment?
To appeal your 2019 assessment, please call (269) 469-1676 for an appointment. Please bring documentation to support your opinion of value ( such as recent closing statement, an appraisal made for tax purposes, a listing agreement that has been in effect for 2018 ) You may appeal in writing, prior to March 13th and enclose your supporting documents. You must include the petition to Board of Review, a link to the document is on the left side of this page, in the "Forms and Documents" section.
When does the board meet?
2019 Board of Review Meeting Dates:
Organizational Meeting-Tuesday, March 5th 10:00 AM
Monday, March 11th-9:00 am Noon/1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Wednesday, March 13th-2:00 pm-5:00 pm/6:00 pm-9:00 pm
A Quick Guide to Understanding Your Assessment
LINE 1 - TAXABLE VALUE - THIS IS WHAT YOU PAY TAXES ON! (TAXABLE VALUE multiplied by MILLAGE = TAXES)
The figure on this line is used to compute the amount of money you will actually pay in real estate taxes. Unless there has been new construction, demolition, or a change in ownership, these figures are "capped" annually (under Proposal A - 1994). The most that the taxable value can increase from year to year is 5% or the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the current year - whichever is less. 2010 CPI was .997%; 2011 CPI was 1.7%; 2012 CPI was 2.7%; 2013 CPI was 1.024%
AGAIN, LINE 1 IS WHAT YOU ARE TAXED ON. (EXAMPLE: Take the figure on Line 1 for the current year and multiply it by 2. This is the value of property you are being taxed on.)
LINE 2 - ASSESSED VALUE - THIS IS WHAT YOUR PROPERTY IS WORTH! (2006 ASSESSED VALUE multiplied by 2 = FAIR MARKET VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY) YOU ARE NOT TAXED ON THE ASSESSED VALUE!
The figure on this line is one-half (1/2) of the Township's determination as to the actual "Fair Market Value" of your property. This figure is raised (or lowered) from year to year based on sales studies from actual real estate sales in your neighborhood. This does not affect your taxes!!
For the year 2013, Chikaming Township received an increase of -1.03% on Residential, -.03% on Agricultural, +1.01% on Commercial and -1.01% on Industrial properties from sales in the township.