Q. I am being charged for
rubbish pickup but I have no rubbish, itís a vacant lot?
A. Contact the Township Supervisor, see directory for #s, he will
inspect your property and has the authority to remove the charge
from your tax bill. Typically, if there are buildings or anything
that requires removal, your request will be denied.
Assessed value and Taxable value:
Q. Why did my Taxable Value
go up when my assessed value went down?
A. Taxable Value is determined by adding the, (2007 ex - inflation
increase of 2.3 %), to last
years Taxable Value. This method is established by law and neither
the assessor nor the Board of Review have control over Taxable
Q. Home prices are falling
by the thousands, why did my Assessed Value only go down a little?
A. For assessments, not all home prices are falling. Remember
assessments are tied to assessed values, not asking prices. If
someone is asking $150,000 and sells for $130,000, but the assessor
has the property valued at $120,000 that sale will show as an
increase on the sales study. If they are asking $130,000 and sell
for $110,000 then that would show as a decrease.
Both types of sales occur that impact the Assessed Value
A. Sales studies are based on a rolling two year set of sales. It
takes a year or two to reflect an
actual decrease. Last year, was the first year to show an increase
for some time. If sales continue to come down for another year or
two, assessments will decrease. When sales start rising, it will
take a couple of years for assessments to increase.
Q. My Taxable Value
increased $1,000. Does that mean my taxes are going up $1,000 this
A. No it does not, a $1,000 equates to approximately $20.00 in tax
increase for a principle residence and $40 for a non-principle
residence in Clare County.
Q. I just bought my house
last year and the taxable value doubled, why?
A. Because of Proposal A which took effect in 1994, when a property
transfers to a new owner the
Taxable Value increases to the Assessed Value in the year following
the sale and then is capped at the rate of inflation as long as you
own the property.
Q. If I donít agree with my
assessed value, what can I do?
1. Talk to the assessor, explain why you think your assessment is
2. Go to Board of Review to appeal the assessor, be prepared to show
proof of value.
3. Appeal the Board of Reviewís decision to the State Tax Tribunal.
4. Finally, if you have any other questions, give your assessor a