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Donna B. VanderVries, Director
CMAE 4, PPE, AAS, CAE,
Attorney, Certified General Appraiser
173 E. Apple Ave, Suite 201
Muskegon, MI 49442
For a map and/or driving directions using Google Maps, Click HERE
2014 March Board of Review Dates
2014 Tentative Ratios and Factors Now Available
Disabled Veterans' Property Tax Exemption Information
Completely revised for 2012, the Muskegon County Plat Book contains volumes of information regarding land ownership and parcel configuration for all of Muskegon County. The 2012 Muskegon County Plat Book contains almost 70 pages of maps, data and content pertinent to Muskegon County
Stop in or contact us for your copy today! Only $30.00
You can stop in and pay by cash, check or credit card in person
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Or, you can mail us a check and we can mail your purchased request
For mailed copies, please see below for shipping rates.
Call (231) 724-8864 to purchase your order via an Equalization representative.
Shipping rates for the Muskegon County 2012 Plat Map Books:
1 = $2.75
2 = $5.05
3 = $5.32
4 = $5.32
5 = $5.49
Please contact Equalization for shipping rates if ordering quantities of 6 or more.
Mail in your request with check to the:
Muskegon County Equalization Department
Muskegon County Building Governmental Complex
South Campus, Building C
173 E. Apple Ave
Muskegon, MI 49442
Please make checks payable to: MUSKEGON COUNTY EQUALIZATION
January 9, 2014 - Important Changes to Personal Property Tax Law
December 3, 2013 - 2013 Apportionment Report Posted
October 3, 2013 - 2013 Tax Abatement Report Posted
June 12, 2013 - 2013 L-4029 Tax Rate Request Posted
May 8, 2013 - 2013 Millage Reduction Fractions, L-4028 Reports, and Instructions Posted
May 3, 2013 - 2013 Equalization Report Posted
April 29, 2013 - 2013 Top Ten Taxpayers Report Posted
February 25, 2013 - 2013 March Board of Review Schedules Posted
January 28, 2013 - 2013 Tentative Ratios and Factors Report Posted
November 20, 2012 -
2012 Apportionment Report Posted
November 15, 2012 -
2012 Certified Tax Rate Report Posted
March 5, 2012 - Board of Review Training Session Handout Posted
February 28, 2012 - 2012 March Board of Review Schedules Posted
December 14, 2011 - 2011 Apportionment Report Posted
August 30, 2011 - 2011 Tax Abatement Report Posted
May 1, 2011 - NOW ACCEPTING PASSPORTS
CLICK HERE for More Information
UPDATED DECEMBER 2009 -
Understanding Proposal A in a Declining Market
A brochure to help you understand the current real estate market and property values. Click HERE to view or download the brochure.
Why are my property taxes going up when property values are not?
Click HERE for an article by Muskegon County Equalization Director Donna VanderVries that explains
what is happening.
How Much will my Property Taxes Be?
Click HERE for the NEW
Muskegon County Tax Estimation Calculator
About Muskegon County Equalization
Established by the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners, in compliance with the General Property Tax Act of the State of Michigan, the Muskegon County Equalization Department, under the direction of Donna VanderVries, is responsible for advising the County Board in regards to property tax base issues. This department is only an advisory agency; consequently, it has no policing or enforcement powers. Its primary responsibility by statute is to survey local assessed values, measure local assessment levels, calculate total assessed values for all taxing jurisdictions within the county, and transmit these findings to the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners in the form of the annual Equalization Report.
Formal statutory authority is established by Sec 211.34 (3) of the General Property Tax Act of the State of Michigan, which states:
The county board of commissioners of a county shall establish and maintain a department to survey assessments and assist the board of commissioners in the matter of equalization of assessments, and may employ in that department technical and clerical personnel which in its judgment are considered necessary. The personnel of the department shall be under the direct supervision and control of a director of the tax or equalization department who may designate an employee of the department as his or her deputy. The director of the county tax or equalization department shall be appointed by the county board of commissioners. The county board of commissioners, through the department, may furnish assistance to local assessing officers in the performance of duties imposed upon those officers by this act, including the development and maintenance of accurate property descriptions, the discovery, listing, and valuation of properties for tax purposes, and the development and use of uniform valuation standards and techniques for the assessment of property.
The purpose of equalization is to set the property tax base for the county and helps to ensure that property taxes are levied in a fair and equitable manner.
Each year, under guidelines established by the State Tax Commission, the Equalization Department works with township and city assessors to assure proper equalized values for real and personal property throughout the county.
The Equalization Department’s main purpose is to correct the inequities that may occur between local units of government as a result of under or over assessment of a property class. The Equalization Department does not determine individual assessments, that is the sole responsibility of the local assessor.
The equalization process is accomplished using sales and appraisal studies performed on individual property classes in each township and city throughout the county.
The results of these sales and appraisal studies are used to determine the true cash value of each property class (residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, developmental, timber cut over, and personal property). The department’s equalization studies are compared to the corresponding property class totals as determined by the assessor for each township and city. If necessary, the department applies a "County Equalization Factor" to those classes that have an "average level" of assessment above or below 50% of true cash value.
The department is also responsible for calculating all millage rollback fractions required by law (e.g. Headlee, Truth in Assessing, Truth in County Equalization, and Truth in Taxation) for all taxing jurisdictions within Muskegon County (i.e. schools, Muskegon Community College, Muskegon Intermediate Schools, Muskegon County, authorities, townships, villages, and cities), as well as tabulating and monitoring taxable values for each taxing jurisdiction. Additionally, the department identifies real property descriptions for the County Treasurer for delinquent taxes.