The tax bills will soon be sent out. If you need to make any changes to your mailing address, contact the township office at #616-846-2210. Please note that ownership or name changes can only be processed with a legally recorded document, such as a deed. We do receive copies of all recorded documents and update our records accordingly. Occasionally, transfer documents do not get recorded with the Ottawa County Register of Deeds office so we need your assistance in letting us know when a tax bill or assessment notice is incorrect. You may have noticed the initials PRE on your tax bill. PRE stands for Principal Residence Exemption which is the new name for the Homestead Exemption. This name change became effective on January 1, 2004. If you own and occupy your home as your principal residence than you are eligible to receive an exemption from 18.0 mills of school taxes. If your PRE shows 100% then you are receiving the exemption and a 0% indicates that you are not getting the exemption. If you are receiving the exemption because you are farming the property, there will be a notation of Qualified Ag. with the appropriate percent.
When you buy and sell property, you must be sure to rescind the PRE at the home you are moving out of and file a new PRE for the home that you have moved into. The PRE is filed in the township/city/village that the property is located in. Most title company’s will automatically take care of this paperwork for you at your closing. We have the forms available for you at the township or you can download them from Forms, Applications & Permits.
The Assessor’s Office is glad to share, as many of you already know, that our real estate market has remained strong. Sales activity and new construction in our area definitely reflect this trend. I will spend the next several weeks visiting work sites and finished construction projects in order to complete appraisal reviews of the Township’s building permits – taking pictures, measuring buildings, and speaking with property owners. The job of the Assessor’s Office is to determine the value of every property in the Township as of “Tax Day,” December 31st, for the upcoming years assessments. This includes the obvious new house construction reviews, as well as building additions, pole barns, basement finishes, remodeling projects, demolition of structures, and any other work taking place that might affect the value of a property.
My annual appraisal reviews are important for many reasons. The first, and obvious reason, is that taxes in Michigan are assessed on an “ad valorem” basis, or “based on value.” The more valuable a property is, the higher the taxes will be. In order to be fair and equitable, my appraisal information must be current and accurate.
12010 120th Avenue
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday – Closed
Phone: (616) 846-2210
Fax: (616) 846-2369
Burn Permit Line: (616) 842-3160