Board of Review
What is the Board of Review?
It is where you go, after talking to the Assessor, to officially challenge your property assessment. The Board is comprised of community volunteers and their purpose is to be the check-and-balance on the Assessor's work. More specifically, it sits to hear property valuation appeals and/or correct any errors of record. The Board also hears requests for property tax exemptions.
The Board of Review (BOR) consists of three volunteer community members and alternate(s). These persons must be township electors and receive specialized training every two years. The supervisor, by law is the secretary to the BOR and does not vote on petitions.
If you have a problem with your property assessment, the first step is contact the assessor directly. This is highly encouraged and usually successful in resolving issues. So, do you have questions, would you like to correct an error or protest, do you want something explained? Please contact Jill Brown at (231) 881-4000 or email@example.com.
If your questions aren't answered or your concerns are not resolved by working with the Assessor, attending one of these sessions in the next step. The Board of Review is seated during sessions held in three different months a year. (See below for which session is right for you.) One need not appear in person at the BOR session but you are allowed to send a representative --along with your signed authorization allowing for that representative-- in your stead, if you so choose. A petition form (see link below) and your supporting documents may be received at the township hall, and legal representation is allowed. An appeal of the Board of Review's decision may be sent to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. However, any initial appeal (protest) must first be made to the March Board of Review before appealing to the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
To access a form with which to petition the Board of Review, click here.
Also, see the Assessment page for a full array of links to forms you may need.
Our BOR current members:
Jill Marble, Member
Ray Vieau Member
Bruce Walton, Chair
Amy Ferris, Secretary
CURRENTLY WE ARE LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER, AN ALTERNATE FOR THE BOARD OF REVIEW. TRAINING IS PROVIDED, SERIOUS COMMITMENT IS APPRECIATED AND REMUNERATION IS APPROXIMATELY $20/hr.
If you like a full and specific list of what topics are heard on which dates, or when errors are corrected in your assessment records, click here. Otherwise, here is a summary:
March Board of Review: This is the only time of year that a property owner may appeal the valuation of a property. To make an appeal complete the an official petition. Property information may be found at www.bsaonline.com.
July Board of Review: This meeting is strictly for mutual mistakes, clerical errors, and exemption appeals. No valuation appeals are allowed at this session.
December Board of Review: This meeting is strictly for mutual mistakes, clerical errors, and exemption appeals. No valuation appeals are allowed at this session. MEETING DATE: 12.13.22 at 2 p.m.