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Public Act No. 206 of 1893 of Michigan State law mandates that all businesses must annually file a declaration of personal property with the Assessor of the jurisdiction where the property is situated on December 31. All commercial and industrial businesses have the responsibility of filing a statement with the Assessor, whether a statement was mailed to them or not. If a business has no personal property which is assessable, they still must sign and return the form with a declaration of why no assessable property exists.
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There are several factors that affect your tax rate. The reason may be because:
You have the right to further appeal to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. For Residential properties this appeal must be filed with the Michigan Tax Tribunal on or before July 31st of the current year. Failure to appear before the March Board of Review before hand may eliminate your right to appeal your value at the Tribunal. Property classes other than Residential have different appeal dates. Please visit this link to find your due date:
Delhi Charter Township has a reappraisal program in place and we periodically visit every property to update our records. We do this to make sure that our record cards are as reliable as possible and so we can calculate the most accurate assessment possible for you. We encourage you to check to make sure your property information is correct. If you do not have internet access, you can stop by our office.
If there is a difference between what you are telling us and what we have on our record cards, we will be happy to correct your information after our office has verified the item(s) in question. This may include having an Appraiser stop by your property to re-measure or to verify the item(s) in question.
Each year, usually during the last week of February, our office will mail to the owner of record a Notice of Assessment. Unfortunately, this form looks intimidating; however, please read it very closely. This is a very important form and it is our notice to each property owner of record. This form is sent to property owners that have had a change in their assessed value or taxable value for that year.
How to Read Your Assessment Notice
In general, the Notice of Assessment explains Proposal A of 1994. It also informs the property owner of the current assessed and taxable values and compares these numbers to the prior assessed and taxable values. In addition, this form states the percent of principal residence exemption the property is receiving, the estimate of property tax increase/decrease for the upcoming year, and notes if there was a transfer of ownership.
Please make sure that if you are claiming a Principal Residence Exemption that it is noted on this form. If our records say 0% then you are not receiving your credit.
Who qualifies for a Principal Residence Exemption?
After checking your records and you disagree with the assessment, you should come in and talk with our office about the valuation of your property. If you are still not satisfied with the valuation and wish to proceed with filing an appeal, you will need to schedule an appointment to appear before the March Board of Review. Please call the Assessing Department at (517) 694-1502 to schedule an appointment.
The March Board of Review has jurisdiction on valuation appeals for the current year only. You may not (by state law) dispute prior year valuation at the March Board of Review. Once the March Board of Review closes its public meeting, the assessment roll is closed and certified. No further changes can be made except those allowed by state law (i.e. clerical error, mutual mistake of fact, or Principal Residence Exemption/Homestead corrections, Michigan Tax Tribunal or State Tax Commission judgments).
With the exception of conditional rescinds, recent tax law changes allow the Township to correct the homestead status for the current year, and with Board of Review approval, three prior years. After Board of Review approval, if you are due a refund from prior year’s tax payments, your refund will be issued by the Ingham County Treasurers Office. To correct your exemption, please complete a PRE application and submit to the Assessor’s Office as soon as possible. Also, please make sure we are alerted that your property PRE status needs a correction.
If you own and occupy your principal residence, it may be exempt from a portion of your local school operating taxes. To claim an exemption, you must complete the Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit and file it with the Assessor’s office by November 1 of the year of the claim. The Assessor’s Office will adjust your taxes on your next property tax bill. Note that this is an exemption from part of the taxes and does not affect your assessment. You must own and occupy your principal residence to receive this exemption. Owning means you hold the legal title to the principal residence or that you are currently buying it on a notarized or recorded land contract. Renters should not file this form.Occupying means this is your principal residence, the place you intend to return to whenever you go away. It is the address that appears on your driver’s license or voter registration card. You may have only one principal residence at a time* (See Exception below). Vacation Homes and Income property which you do not occupy as your principal residence may not be claimed. If you are living only in a part of the home you may file a partial homestead exemption. Please call the Assessor’s Office at 517-694-1502. We will help you calculate the proper percentage.You may also file an exemption(s) if you own vacant and contiguous land next to your homestead property. View more information from the state about the principal residence and homestead exception:
If you claim an exemption, then stop using the property as a principal residence, you must notify the Township Assessor within 90 days of the change or you may be penalized. This can be done using the Form 2602 (PDF) request to rescind homeowner’s principal residence exemption.
A conditional rescission allows an owner to receive a principal residence exemption (pre) on his or her current property and on previously exempted property simultaneously if the previous principal residence (all must apply): is not occupied, is for sale, is not leased, is not used for any business or commercial purpose.In general, an owner may receive the PRE on the previous principal residence for up to three years if the conditions above are met. The owner must annually submit Form 4640 on or before May 1 in the initial year and December 31 thereafter. Only the owner who previously occupied the property as his or her principal residence qualifies for the conditional rescission. Conditional rescissions are not retroactive. At this time the July and December Boards of review do not have jurisdiction over them to make changes if you miss the filing deadline.
If you are moving, please inform the Assessor’s Office in writing as soon as possible. Please include your name, current address, address where you’d like your mail to now go, and your phone number. Please make sure we can read it. Our address is: Assessor’s Office2074 Aurelius RoadHolt, MI 48842Fax: 517-694-3316.
If you recently married and wish to change your name on your Delhi Charter Township accounts please supply the Assessor’s Office with a short note letting us know you would like to change your name, a copy of your marriage license and a copy of your driver’s license (with picture) reflecting your new name, and we will change the accounts.If someone on the title of your property has passed away and you would like their name removed from your Delhi Charter Township accounts please supply the Assessor’s Office with a copy of the death certificate and a short note letting us know you would like the name removed and we will change the accounts.Using a marriage license or death certificate to change/remove a name from a Delhi Charter Township account will NOT change the title of your property. To change title you must draft a legal instrument (i.e. deed). If you wish to change title of your property you should seek legal counsel to help you do so. Delhi Charter Township employees can not provide you with any legal counsel.