What Is an Assessor?
An assessor is a local government official who determines the value of a property for local real estate taxation purposes. The figures assessors derive are used to calculate future property taxes.  The assessor estimates the value of real property within the City’s boundaries. This value is converted into an assessment, which is one component in the computation of real property tax bills.  An assessor signs an oath to this effect when certifying the tentative assessment roll. The assessment roll is a document containing each property assessment. Each year assessors are required to keep current the physical description, inventory, and value estimate of every parcel.

Certification
Certification for assessors varies across municipalities. In New York State, for example, a person becomes an assessor first by appointment or election. Then this person has to get a basic certification within three years of taking office, although assessors in some states are not required to obtain basic certification. The certification requires successful completion of orientation, which consists of three assessment administration course components and five appraisal components, including farm appraisal for certain agricultural communities. Appointed assessors are required to complete an average of 12 credits of continuing education annually.

Why Assessors Matter
Local municipalities base their property tax rates upon the value of owned property, including land. The assessments made by local assessors provide the basis for the municipality's calculation of property values. The local governing body uses the assessed tax to fund water and sewer improvements, provide law enforcement and fire service, K-12 and higher education, highway construction, and other services that benefit the community at large. Property tax rates and the types of properties taxed vary by jurisdiction, as does assessor certification.

City’s assessor
The City has contracted with Jim VanWormer of MVW and Associates to handle all City assessing functions.  If you need to contact the assessor, you can reach him at 989-389-0841 or by email at mvwassessing@gmail.com

To view the City's 2022 ECF and Land Values, please CLICK HERE.
To view the City's 2023 ECF and Land Values, please CLICK HERE.
To view the City's 2024 ECF and Land Values, please CLICK HERE.