Physical Address: 120 N. Grove Street, P.O. Box 754, Standish, MI 48658
The office is located on the 2nd floor of the Arenac County Administration Building.
Telephone: (989) 846-6246
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm, excluding legal holidays
The Purpose of Equalization
The County Equalization process is mandated by Section 211.34 of the State of Michigan General Property Tax Act. The law requires that all parcels be fairly and equally assessed.
Each County Director is appointed by the County Board of Commissioners, for an indefinite time, and is responsible for administering the property tax statutes within the County. The local Assessor is responsible for ensuring that there is equity between individual parcels. The Equalization Department is responsible for ensuring that each classification, within each unit, is assessed between the statutory set limits of 49%-50% of their true cash value, as established by a annual equalization study. This creates a starting base for the following year's equalization, thus assisting the County Board of Commissioners to carry out their statutory duty of equalizing the County.
The Department has on file copies of current and past assessment rolls, section maps, subdivision plats, recent sales data, and assessment and state equalization taxable value information.
Statutory duties include:
Additional services provided by the Arenac County Equalization Department:
The Equalization Department does not determine individual assessments - that is the sole responsibility of the local assessor. The equalization process uses sales and appraisal studies for property classes in each township and city throughout the County. The sales and appraisal studies determine the true cash value of each property class. If necessary, the Department applies a County Equalization Factor to those class assessments that are above or below 50% of true cash value.
Disclaimer: Department information and studies are developed for equalization purposes only, if used by others, no warranties, expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of this data is guaranteed for any other use. Furthermore, the Department assumes no liability whatsoever associated with the use or misuse of such data. Information included here-in is deemed reliable, however is not guaranteed.
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