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Tax And Assessing Department Overview
The Tax Department is responsible for collecting all current real and personal property taxes for the City of Northville as well as Delinquent Personal Property. The Tax Department will assist persons requesting tax information for real and/or personal property. Information on a parcel could be in regards to legal descriptions, property and mailing addresses, name of taxpayer, assessed and taxable value, homestead status, escrow agents, summer tax deferment and current tax payment status. Applications are available through the Treasurer's Office for summer tax deferment. (To view "Application For Deferment of Summer Taxes" click here.)
After 1994, a taxable value was determined for each property in addition to the State Equalized Value (SEV). Taxable value is the lower of either capped value or SEV. Capped values that are increased are limited to the lesser of 5% or the rate of inflation over the previous year's taxable value. Although SEV is still based on market conditions, taxable value is in place to control property taxes.
For your convenience, a payment drop box is located inside the front entrance doors of City Hall at 215 West Main Street. If you have any questions, please call the Tax Department at 248-449-9901, or by email.
Delinquent Tax Sale
The General Property Tax Act, Public Act 206 of 1893, as amended, requires the County Treasurer to foreclose real property for failure to pay delinquent property taxes. See County website for information, rules and regulations.
The Assessing Department keeps records on all properties including land and buildings. The "traditional" assessed value is still required by law to be established at 50% of true cash value. The State Constitution still requires the assessed value to be uniform with the assessments of other similar properties.
According to the Michigan Supreme Court, a Board of Review may not make wholesale or across the board adjustments to assessments. A Board of Review must consider each parcel and act upon it individually. A Board of Review did not have and does not now have the authority to make changes to alter, evade or defeat an equalization factor assigned by the county or the state.
Neither Proposal A nor its implementing language authorized assessors or boards of review to "follow sales" when determining the assessed value of properties. "Following sales" is described in the assessor's manual as the practice of ignoring the assessment of properties which have not recently been sold while making significant changes to the assessments of properties which have been sold. The practice of "following sales" is a serious violation of the law.
If you have any questions regarding your assessment, the Appraiser will be glad to help. The Assessing office hours are Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm. Phone: 248-449-9901 Fax: 248-449-9953.