Rep. Lower: Collaborative effort leads to broad support of property tax assessment reforms

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Rep. Jim Lower’s plan to improve the property tax assessment process for homeowners and other land owners across Michigan was unanimously approved today by the state House.

The proposal is designed to improve the consistency and quality of assessments. The plan outlines minimum quality standards each assessing government must meet, either on its own or in cooperation with another local government unit.

Lower worked collaboratively with assessors and local governments across the state for several months to improve and gain support for his proposal, which includes training and other resources to benefit assessors.

“A property tax bill can be a major expense affecting a family’s finances,” said Lower, of Cedar Lake. “We must ensure they are calculated consistently and fairly, and done right the first time. Our plan creates uniform standards necessary to ensure all property owners are treated fairly across the state.”

Lower noted inconsistencies now exist across Michigan, sometimes resulting in wildly different assessment parameters – even within the same county.

The reforms preserve local control options while implementing basic best practices throughout the state.

The Michigan Townships Association, Michigan Association of Counties and Michigan Municipal League were among the groups supporting the proposal as it was approved by the House Tax Policy Committee.

“With teamwork and diligence, we have crafted a proposal that works for our great assessors,” Lower said. “This is the right thing to do for Michigan and its taxpayers, and will have long-lasting benefits for everyone in the state.”

House Bill 6049 advances to the Senate for further consideration.