FAQ -Assessor

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Why does the assessed value change from year to year?

A. The assessed value must reflect 50% of market value. As market value changes, so does your assessment. For instance, if you add a garage to your home, the assessed value increases. However should your property be permanently damaged by fire, the assessed value would decrease. Property owners have a responsibility for reporting any changes made to their property that would affect its value. When you obtain a building permit, our office is notified by the Building Department.

Q. Why do assessments go up when a property hasn’t changed?

A. Market value is a product of the price paid for the property. Since assessments must be set by market value, changing real estate values in the community will be reflected in the assessments. As prices increase/decrease, so does market value. All property values do not change to the same degree. Many factors influence values. Properties with water or scenic views, for example, may increase more rapidly than others.

Q. What is taxable value?

A. The taxable value was created upon the passage of Proposal A, by the electorate in 1994. The taxable value is the lower of the State Equalized Value or the capped value. This is the value used times the millage rate that produces the amount of taxes levied against the property.

Q. What is the capped value?

A. The taxable value can increase from year to year by 5.0% or the amount of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which ever is less. Additions or losses to the property are also taken into consideration. The formula is the previous
taxable value, minus losses, x 1.05% or the CPI, which ever is less, plus any additions = capped value.

Q. If I am unhappy with the assessed value or taxable value, what can I do about it?

A. The first thing you should do is talk to your local Assessor about the valuation on your parcel. Check the appraisal records to make sure all components of the property are correct. If you wish to proceed at this point,
you must make an appointment with the March Board of Review to lodge an appeal. The Board of Review is set up under the Michigan General Property Tax Law. The three member board is appointed by the Township Supervisor and approved at a public meeting by the Board of Trustees.
The Board of Review will hear your appeal and will make a decision using their best judgment.

Q. I will be out of town during the March Board of Review, how can I lodge an appeal?

A. You may send a personal representative or a letter of explanation. Please include the reason for appealing your assessed value, the parcel identification number, your address and telephone number. The Board of Review will make a decision and notify you by first class mail.

Q. What if I am not satisfied with the Board of Review decision on my appeal?

A. You have the right to file an appeal with the Michigan Tax Tribunal. This appeal must be filed with the Tribunal on or before June 30, of the current year.

Q. Am I allowed to view my appraisal records?

A. Yes! Most departmental records are considered public record and are open for inspection during normal business hours.

PROPERTY BUYER’S GUIDE

Before you buy property in Hadley Township, be sure to research the
property and its surroundings. Here are some things to look for:

PROPERTY TAXES

Contact the township and obtain the assessed value of the property you
are considering buying – not the current property tax being paid by the
seller. Your property taxes will not be the same as the current owner. In the
year following your purchase of the property, your property taxes will be
based on the assessed value. The previous owner paid taxes on the
property’s taxable value. There may be a significant difference. This is a
State Law, and local officials have no control over this “uncapping” of
property taxes.

ZONING OF THE PROPERTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Obtain a copy of the Hadley Township Zoning Ordinance and map. The
map will show the current zoning of property, while the zoning ordinance
will describe what types of land uses and developments are permitted in
each zoning district. The zoning map will show the zoning of surrounding
properties. Always assume that any type of development permitted by the
zoning ordinance may occur. For example, if your property is located near
vacant land zoned for commercial use, plan on the property being
developed for any commercial use allowed by the zoning ordinance. If a
proposed development is located in the appropriate zoning district and
meets all zoning ordinance requirements, the township must – by law –
approve it. This applies to all types of development – from new homes to
industrial parks.

LONG-RANGE PLAN (MASTER PLAN) OF THE AREA

Obtain a copy of the Hadley Township Master Plan and map. Unlike the
zoning ordinance, the master plan shows possible future development
and land uses that are likely to occur during the coming years. Local
planning officials use this document when considering proposed land use
changes, such as rezoning requests. A proposed rezoning that is
consistent with the township’s long-range plan, may likely be approved.
For example, a parcel of land currently zoned for residential use, but
“master-planned” for future commercial use may be rezoned for any
commercial use permitted by the zoning ordinance.

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Contact the Hadley Township Planning Commission or Township
Supervisor to see if there are any known development proposals under
consideration or “in the works” in the area of the property you are
considering purchasing. If you are buying property next to vacant land,
assume that the vacant land will be developed. The township planning
commission reviews all non-residential projects, special land use
requests and rezonings. The planning commission does not review
proposals for each new single family home constructed. New
single-family homes, as long as they are constructed in the appropriate
zoning district and meet all building code requirements, are permitted
without planning commission approval.

FUTURE ROAD PAVING AND IMPROVEMENT PLANS

Contact the Lapeer County Road Commission to see if there are any
future road improvement plans in the area, and ask if the road is public or
private. Private roads are private property and neither the township, nor
the road commission, can maintain or improve them.

DEED RESTRICTIONS

Deed restrictions over-ride township authority. Many properties,
especially in platted subdivisions or along private roads, are subject to
certain restrictions and requirements established by the original
developer or a previous owner. These covenants, often more strict than
township regulations, are binding upon the owners of the property and
commonly set minimum building standards and, in some cases, establish
association fees. These restrictions are not imposed or enforced by the
township.