"We dedicate ourselves to providing fair and accurate assessments, to educate the taxpaying public on the procedures, laws and components that create those assessments, and to offer service that honors the dignity of the public. We must always keep in mind that a citizen should exit this experience feeling satisfied with the service rendered."
The Assessor’s Office is responsible for the inventory of all property within the Township, and the valuation of the taxable parcels therein. Both real property (land and buildings), and personal property (tangible) held by businesses are taxable.
The office operates under the requirements of what is commonly referred to as the General Property Tax Law which was originally P.A. 206 of 1893. Most statutes are located between MCL 211.1 and MCL 211.157.
Important Upcoming Dates
February 20, 2018: Personal Property Statement Filing Deadline
Mid-End of February: Assessment notices are mailed to property owners
March Board of Review: Begins Monday, March 12, 2018 (Please call for an appointment)
July Board of Review: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
December Board of Review: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Persons meeting township income standards and other established guidelines may qualify for an exemption from property taxes pursuant to MCL 211.7u. This exemption is for current year only. Applications are available in the Assessing Department and will be brought before the Board of Review for consideration at the March, July or December Board of Reviews.
A “disabled” veteran who was discharged from the armed forces of the U.S. under honorable conditions (or their un-remarried surviving spouse), may be eligible for exemption from property taxes for the current year only pursuant to MCL 211.7b if they are a resident of this state, and meets one (1) of the following criteria:
a) The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has determined this person to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans’ benefits at the 100% rate;
b) Has a certificate from the U.S. Veterans Administration certifying that they are receiving or has received financial assistance due to disability for specially adapted housing;
c) Has been rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as individually unemployable.
For more information regarding any of the above dates or property exemptions, please feel free to contact the assessing department at (248)625-8114. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. Holidays may affect these hours.
Changes in Property Ownership or Principal Residence
When a property changes ownership (typically through a sale), certain documents are required to be filed with the Assessing Department. Principal Residence Exemption Affidavits (PRE) and Property Transfer Affidavits (PTA) are usually provided at the time of closing, and are then filed with the Assessor’s Office. These forms can also be found by selecting the "printable forms" link at the left. New property owners who file the documents in person will be asked to complete a Real Property Statement. This document is required by the STC for proper sales verification, and provides additional information about the sale of property which is not included in a recorded deed or property transfer affidavit. The property owner will also be asked to schedule an appointment with one of the staff appraisers for a physical inspection of the property to verify it's condition at the time of sale. A property owner always has the right to refuse a physical inspection of their property.
Much of the Township mapping is available through the Assessor’s Office. The Geographic Information System (GIS) developed by Oakland County with regard to Independence Township is available at the Assessor’s Office. Custom maps can be produced for a fee.
Splitting and/or Combining Property
All legal description Splits and Combinations are initiated through the Assessor’s Office. Please go to "printable forms" link at left for the appropriate forms to initiate a change in description.
Assessing Department Staff
Kimberly Feigley, MAAO (3), PPE - Director of Assessing
Jennifer Witherow, MCAO (2), Appraiser II
Matthew Sisson, MCAO (2), Appraiser II
Jacqulyne Estep, MCAO (2), Appraiser I
Daniel Hicks, MCAT (1), Appraiser Aide