Lawmakers sponsor property tax assessment workshop in Montcalm County


LANSING – March 02, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — Montcalm County homeowners who believe they are being over-assessed on their property taxes are encouraged to attend a March 3 workshop sponsored by a pair of state lawmakers on how to appeal tax assessments.

State Sen. Alan Cropsey, R-DeWitt, and Rep. Brian Calley, R-Portland, are coming to Sidney at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3.  The workshop takes place at Montcalm Community College, 2800 College Drive, in the Barn Theatre.

“Residents across the 33rd Senate District have seen their property taxes increase even though the value of their home decreased,” Cropsey said. “This workshop 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 workshop 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.

Calley has traveled throughout the state giving workshops, with hundreds of homeowners attending similar events in Ionia, Hastings, Niles and Rockford.

“Michigan homeowners have an inherent right to appeal their tax assessment if they feel they are being unfairly assessed,” said Calley.  “Unfortunately, many people don’t realize this right exists or are unfamiliar with how to challenge your taxes.  This workshop will take residents through the process on how to file an effective appeal.”

For more information, contact Cropsey’s office at (517) 373-3760.

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