Tribunal Reform Bills Goes from Good to Bad; Chamber Fighting Back

May 26, 2017

Legislation to reform the Michigan Tax Tribunal was taken hostage in the House Tax Committee last week when a hostile amendment was adopted by the committee. The amendment was a blatant slap in the face to a taxpayer’s right to appeal their property taxes in a fair manner and without undue burden.

Although the Michigan Chamber supports efforts to reform the Michigan Tax Tribunal to make it a more professional, consistent and proficient body, the committee amendment tipped the Chamber’s position from support to oppose—unless the amendment is stripped from the bill.

The amendment would require taxpayers to submit an independent assessment of their property along with a petition to go before the Michigan Tax Tribunal to protest their property taxes. The Chamber is strongly opposed to this measure because it would drastically impact how property evaluations are handled with the goal of increasing property tax revenues for local governments.

The Michigan Chamber will work tirelessly to fight any attempt to undermine the Michigan's well-established property evaluation methods currently in place. Please contact Dan Papineau at the Michigan Chamber with any questions at dpapineau@michamber.com or (517) 371-7669.