"We dedicate ourselves to providing fair and accurate assessments, to educate the taxpaying public on the procedures, laws and components that create those assessments, and to offer service that honors the dignity of the public. We must always keep in mind that a citizen should exit this experience feeling satisfied with the service rendered."
The Assessor’s Office is responsible for the inventory of all property within the Township, and the valuation of the taxable parcels therein. Both real property (land and buildings), and personal property (tangible) held by businesses are taxable.
The office operates under the requirements of what is commonly referred to as the General Property Tax Law which was originally P.A. 206 of 1893. Most statutes are located between MCL 211.1 and MCL 211.157.
Changes in Property Ownership or Principal Residence
When a property changes ownership (typically through a sale), certain documents are required to be filed with the Assessing Department. Principal Residence Exemption Affidavits (PRE) and Property Transfer Affidavits (PTA) are usually provided at the time of closing, and are then filed with the Assessor’s Office. These forms can also be found by selecting the "printable forms" link at the left. New property owners who file the documents in person will be asked to complete a Real Property Statement. This document is required by the STC for proper sales verification, and provides additional information about the sale of property which is not included in a recorded deed or property transfer affidavit. The property owner will also be asked to schedule an appointment with one of the staff appraisers for a physical inspection of the property to verify it's condition at the time of sale. A property owner always has the right to refuse a physical inspection of their property.
Much of the Township mapping is available through the Assessor’s Office. The Geographic Information System (GIS) developed by Oakland County with regard to Independence Township is available at the Assessor’s Office. Custom maps can be produced for a fee.
Splitting and/or Combining Property
All legal description Splits and Combinations are initiated through the Assessor’s Office. Please go to "printable forms" link at left for the appropriate forms to initiate a change in description.
Assessing Department Staff
Chris Ritchie, MAAO (3) - Assistant Director of Assessing
Tony Kraft, MCAO (2) - Appraiser II
Jennifer Witherow, MCAO (2), Appraiser I
Jacqulyne Estep, MCAT, Appraiser Aide