ASSESSOR NOTES -Information Courtesy of Township Assessor - Lori Judson


The Assessor’s Office is responsible for identifying and valuing all taxable real and personal property within the Township in accordance with Michigan’s General Property Tax Act and other applicable statutes. Our responsibilities include annually producing the assessment rolls, maintaining ownership records and property descriptions for taxing purposes, processing Personal Property Statements, and the inspection of existing properties along with any new construction. The annual Taxable Values established by the Assessor’s office are used by the Township Treasurer to produce the property tax bills for all property within the Township.  Additional questions, please call the Assessing Office at 517-546-1588 or email - Assessor: Lori Judson -

  DECEMBER 2021 BOARD OF REVIEW PUBLIC NOTICE Click Here => December 2021

Assessing Office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (except for holidays).

Please contact the assessor for assessing information, record inspection or production or setting up a meeting.

You may review online assessing records at =>
Marion Township Property Data - Assessing & Tax Info 

Most record requests can be handled immediately. Marion Township shall comply with the F.O.I.A.

Property Transfer Affidavit
Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit
Rescind a Principal Residence Exemption
Conditional Rescission of a Principal Residence Exemption


2021 - Personal Property Statement
    2021 - Inflation Rate Bulletin

2021 - Poverty Exemption Taxpayer Fact Sheet
2021 - Poverty Exemption Guidelines
2021 - Poverty Exemption Application
2021 - Affirmation of Ownership and Occupancy
2021 - Federal Tax Return Requirement

2021 - Resolution to accept letter appeals

2021 - Information for Disabled Veterans

2021 Residential Sales by parcel number 
2021 Residential Sales by date of sale 

Petition to the Board of Review

State Tax Commission website

The following is a brief explanation of assessment terms contained in your property assessment notice.

ASSESSED VALUE: The State of Michigan requires that a property’s assessed value is determined as 50% of the true cash value (fair market value). Generally, the assessed value is the same as the State Equalized Value (S.E.V.) unless an equalization factor has been applied by the County.

Is the value used to calculate your property tax bill, it is not the same as the property’s true cash value. A property’s taxable value can only increase annually by the rate of inflation (CPI) or 5%, whichever is less, unless there is an addition to the property (physical improvement or omitted property) or the property’s ownership was transferred during the previous year, and can never be more than the property’s assessed value.

When there is a transfer of ownership to a property, the property’s taxable value becomes uncapped and the property’s taxable value will equal the assessed value (SEV) for that following year.

The General Property Tax Law provides that all property be classified into certain classifications for the purpose of maintaining uniformity of assessed values. In Marion Township, real property is classified as agricultural, residential, commercial, or industrial.


1. What is the difference between assessed value and taxable value?
The State of Michigan requires that a property’s assessed value is 50% of its true cash value (fair market value). A property’s taxable value is determined by taking the prior year’s taxable value minus any physical losses (such as fire and demolition), multiplying by the current year’s inflation rate (CPI), plus any physical additions (such as new construction) to the property. Since the passage of Proposal A in 1994, property taxes are calculated on taxable value. Prior to Proposal A, property taxes were calculated on assessed values.

For more information

see State Tax Commission Bulletin 16 of 2020

and State Tax Commission Bulletin 17 of 2020

2021 Capped Value = (2020 Taxable Value – Losses) x 1.014 + Additions

2. How are my property taxes calculated?
The taxable value times the millage rate is used to calculate your tax bill unless there are special assessments.
Taxable Value x Millage Rate ÷ 1,000 = Property Tax Bill + Special Assessments

3. What is a Property Transfer Affidavit?
A property transfer affidavit is filed to the Assessing Department to notify the Assessor of a transfer in ownership to a property and is required to be filed within 45 days that the transfer occurred. A transfer of ownership can result in the uncapping of a property’s taxable value unless the type of transfer is exempt.

4. What is an uncapping?
Under Proposal A, a property is “uncapped” in the year following a transfer of ownership. This means that the taxable value for the year following a transfer of ownership will be the same as the assessed value for that year. This sometimes can result in a significant change in taxes for a new property owner in the first year of ownership. After the first year, the taxable value is again subject to only an increase by the inflation rate (CPI) or 5%, whichever is less, unless there is an addition to the property (physical improvement or omitted property), and can never be more than the assessed value.

5. What is a Principal Residence Exemption?
The Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) was formerly called the Homestead Exemption. The State of Michigan changed the name to alleviate confusion with the Homestead Exemption Claim that filed on your annual Michigan tax return. A PRE can exempt you from paying up to 18 mills of school operating tax, on your principal residence, the house you own and occupy as a primary residence. The deadline to receive the exemption is June 1st, beginning in the 2012 tax year. A second deadline allows a property owner to receive a winter PRE by filing before November 1st.

6. Why are my taxes more than my neighbor’s?
Under Proposal A, you and your neighbor can live in identical houses and pay a different amount of taxes. If your neighbor has lived in his house for several years and you just purchased yours, it is possible that you will pay more taxes than your neighbor. This is because your taxable values can be different due to uncapping in different tax years.

7. When will my house be fully assessed?
All properties are assessed as of December 31st of each year. If your new house is not started as of December 31st, you will only be assessed for vacant land until the following December 31st. If your new house is partially completed as of December 31st, you will be assessed for the portion of the house that is complete. The remainder of the value will be added to the assessment the following December 31st. A house that is completed as of December 31st will be fully assessed.

8. How often is my property evaluated?
The General Property Tax Law requires all properties to be evaluated each year. This does not necessarily mean that a field inspection is made of each property every year. The Assessing Department attempts to do a field inspection of each property in the Township once every five years. Other forms of evaluation include building permits, sales studies, parcel splits/combinations, etc.

9. How is my assessed value determined?
The land value is determined based on sales of vacant land that have occurred within the Marion Township. The building value is determined by the size and features of the structure using the State Assessors Cost Manual which contains average construction costs for the State of Michigan. The resulting cost is adjusted by a county multiplier that will adjust the State costs to Livingston County costs. Then the cost is depreciated depending on the age and condition of the building and is further adjusted by an economic condition factor (ECF), which adjust the value to the Marion Township sales market. The building value is added to the land value for a true cash value. The assessed value is 50% of this calculated true cash value.

10. How can I appeal my assessed value?
Once you receive your Notice of Change of Assessment (late February), if you disagree with any of the information, you can call the assessing office and the assessor can review the assessment card with you. Sometimes, your concerns can be resolved without making a formal appeal with the Board of Review. The Board meets every March to hear property owner’s assessment appeals. The dates and times of the meetings are printed on the Notice of Change of Assessment that you receive in late February. You can appeal to the March Board of Review in person by appointment or you can submit a written appeal.