Sen. Pappageorge sponsors property tax town hall forum

LANSING – February 23, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — To help his constituents understand how property taxes work and when they should appeal their property tax assessment, State Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy, is sponsoring a “Property Tax Town Hall Forum” Monday, Feb. 23.

“Residents across the 13th Senate District have seen their property taxes increase even though the value of their home decreased,” Pappageorge said. “This forum is designed to help explain the property assessment appeals process so that homeowners can walk away informed and empowered to take action if necessary.”

The event is set to take place at the Lila Jones Johnson Theatre (Building D), 739 S. Washington St., on Oakland Community College’s Royal Oak Campus from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The town hall will provide property owners with the necessary information to understand why property tax bills rise when property values fall, and how and when property tax assessments should be appealed – including step-by-step instructions. A panel of experts will be available to answer questions.

February 26, 2008 – (RealEstateRama) — Property owners across the state and country have seen their property values decrease while their property taxes have increased. According to news reports, the average residential assessment in Birmingham has dropped by almost 15 percent.

The average drop in home value across the communities in the 13th Senate District is a disturbing 11.3 percent. Nearby communities saw an almost incomprehensible 22 percent decrease in property assessments last year.

For more information, contact Pappageorge’s office at 1-877-736-1384.

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