Member Alert: Efforts Underway to Significantly Alter Property Tax Assessments

May 17, 2016

A property tax debate is emerging that could have significant consequences for Michigan taxpayers. Local government associations are currently advocating for passage of legislation to dramatically change the way real property assessments and appeals are conducted. Their goal is to base assessments on a narrow set of variables that may not accurately reflect the fair market value of the property in order to increase taxes.

Local government officials have characterized this debate as so-called “dark stores” in an effort to portray large retail operations in an unflattering light. But there is much more to this story. Despite local officials’ characterization that this debate centers around retail operations, every proposal put forward to date by local governments would impact all taxpayers!  

A number of bills have been introduced in the Michigan House and Senate, and the Michigan House Tax Policy committee held its second hearing last week. The Michigan Chamber testified in opposition to these bills and drew media coverage on this issue.

Every taxpayer in Michigan has the right to expect accurate property tax valuations and, if necessary, the right to appeal under a fair and unbiased system. We encourage you to learn moreabout this issue and ask your state legislators to reject this scheme to increase taxes. 

For more information, please contact Tricia Kinley at tkinley@michamber.com or (517) 371-7669.