Among Michigan’s newest laws is one authored by State Rep. Bradley Slagh (R-Zeeland) ensuring a more user-friendly process for taxpayers and local governments to address late-filed principal residence exemption claims.
In Michigan, homeowners may claim the principal residence exemption (PRE), exempting them from the tax levied by a school district for school operation purposes, by filing an affidavit stating that they own and occupy the property as their main residence. Under the previous law, if a homeowner filed for a PRE after the deadline, they had to wait to have it granted by a local board of review, which meets only a couple times a year.
“This delay can result in higher mortgage payments, overpayment of property taxes and several other issues for taxpayers and local units of government,” Slagh said.
The plan signed into law on Monday improves the procedure by allowing the local accessor to handle and process a late submitted application.
“I worked with stakeholders to reform this law, allowing local assessors to now immediately grant exemptions, benefitting both homeowners and the folks working in our local communities,” Slagh said. “This common-sense amendment is one of many legislative efforts I have taken part in to make Michigan’s government work better for the people.”
House Bill 4534 is now Public Act 141 of 2022.
Rep. Slagh invites residents to join him at his upcoming morning office hours on Friday, Dec. 15 at the following times: 8 to 9 a.m. at The Farmhouse Restaurant, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Hudsonville City Hall, and 11 a.m. to noon at Big Apple Bagels.
Local office hours are an opportunity for constituents to meet face-to-face with Rep. Slagh to share their thoughts, questions, and concerns. No appointments are necessary to attend.
Slagh’s bill, named the “Acceptance of Cash in Tolling Act,” would require the acceptance of cash as a form of payment for any tolling on public infrastructure owned, operated or managed by the state, state transportation department or any other state or local government entity.
“Some $3.9 billion dollars were added to the budget at the last minute without any discussion or deliberation whatsoever; this elitist spending mentality is a disservice to the people of Michigan, and it’s not the way state government is supposed to work under our representative democracy,” Slagh said.