|The Assessor determines the value of all real and personal property in the City every year. The assessments may change based on factors such as an addition to a structure, damage by fire, etc. Property owners are responsible for reporting any changes that would affect values. By state law, all property is required to be assessed at 50% of the true cash value as of December 31st. Tax bills are determined by multiplying your taxable value (not assessed value) by the local millage rates and are affected by millage increases approved by the voters and the decisions of various taxing jurisdictions.|
Jennifer Hadyniak, Deputy Assessor
36601 Ford Rd, 2nd Floor
Westland, MI 48185
Monday through Friday
* * * 2013 ASSESSMENTS WILL BE MAILED 02/21/2013 * * *
FOR BOARD OF REVIEW INFORMATION,
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~NOTICE REGARDING ONLINE ASSESSMENT~
The information contained herein reflects the information contained in the City's computer files as of its last update. The City of Westland does not make any representations as to the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of this information, and shall not be liable for any loss caused by reliance upon it. We advise that portions of it may be incorrect or not current. Errors or omissions shall not affect actual taxes or special assessments that are due and payable. Reliance upon any information obtained from this system is done at your own risk.
For Online Assessment Information click here
SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING PROPERTY LOT SIZES
The State of Michigan now features tax maps which show a lot’s size. These can be accessed for free. If the property you are researching does not have a lot size available, please click here and follow the directions. If the lot size is not available there or on our website, the lot is most likely an irregular-shaped lot and you will need to visit the Assessors Office to consult our tax maps. This information is not provided over the phone. Also, tax maps cannot be faxed. If you wish to purchase one, please submit $2 and a self-stamped addressed envelope to the Assessor, 36601 Ford Road, Westland, MI 48185.
The Assessor gathers all relevant community information including real estate sales, construction costs, rental incomes, operating expenses, interest rates, and other factors. Three approaches are used to determine value:
1. Sales Comparison Approach - Recent sale prices of comparable properties are analyzed to get a true picture of value. The Assessor considers overpricing or under-pricing to arrive at a fair evaluation of your property.
2. Cost Approach - With this method, the Assessor bases value on how much money it would take, at current material and labor costs, to replace your property with one just like it. A determination is made for depreciation, normal wear and tear, and other factors.
3. Income Approach - This is used for rental property and measures value based on its ability to generate net income.
FORMS REQUIRED BY LAW
In March of 1994, Proposal A was approved by the voters. As a result, taxable value can only be increased by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or 5% whichever is less, except for new construction or demolition. Effective in 1995, a property's taxable value is capped at this rate until the property is transferred. A Property Transfer Affidavit must be filed with the Assessor by the new owner within 45 days of the transfer.
This change in Michigan Tax Law created Homestead (the home you own and occupy) and Non-Homestead (all other property) categories. Homeowners can receive an 18-mil tax reduction by filing a Homeowners Principle Residence Exemption Affidavit (formerly known as Homestead Exemption Affidavit) with the Assessor.
PLEASE NOTE: You can only file one homestead for any property, and in order to qualify for it, the home must be where you live, the address you file income taxes from, the address you vote from, and your drivers license must show this same address. Otherwise, the State of Michigan Dept. of Treasury Homestead Division can and will audit to verify that it is a valid homestead exemption being claimed. If their investigation finds otherwise, you will be fined penalties and interest going back to the date the property was no longer your primary residence.
If you move from your residence, the homestead exemption must be removed by filing a Request to Rescind Homeowner's Principal Residence Exemption with the Assessor. Failure to file this form will result in penalties and interest going back to the date the property was no longer your primary residence even if you are no longer the owner.
On April 8, 2008, Governor Granholm signed House Bill 4215, enacting Public Act 96 of 2008, which amended Section 211.7cc of the General Property Tax Act of 1893. The amendment enables a person who has established a new principal residence in Michigan to retain a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) on property previously exempt as the owner's principal residence (if the property is not occupied, is for sale, is not leased and is not used for any business or commercial purpose) by submitting a Conditional Rescission of Principal Residence Exemption Form. The conditional rescission allows an owner to receive a PRE on his or her property if certain criteria are met. An owner may receive the PRE on the previous principal residence for up to three years if the property is not occupied, is for sale and listed through MLS (Multi Listing Site), is not leased or rented, and is not used for any business or commercial purpose. The owner must file this form with the Assessor where the property is located on or before May 1 of the first year the exemption is being claimed. After that, the owner must annually submit this form on or before December 31 to verify to the Assessor that the property for which the PRE is retained is not occupied, is for sale, is not rented or leased, and is not used for any business or commercial purpose. For example, if an owner received a PRE last year by submitting this form, he or she would have to submit another form by December 31 of this year to qualify for a PRE this year.
When submitting this form, it is required that a current tax bill and a PRE Affidavit for the current principal residence that you moved to be supplied as well.
For more information please click on the links below.
Foreclosure Questions & Answers
For Business Owners: Personal Property Statements
What is Board of Review?
Understanding Prop. A In a Declining Market
Frequently Asked Questions - F.A.Q.