15915 Southfield Rd
Allen Park, MI 48101-2512
Christine A. Jahns
The Assessing Department has the responsibility of preparing the assessment and tax rolls for the City for all property that is not exempt. The assessor makes an appraisal to determine the true cash value of each taxable property within the City of Allen Park .
The Assessor’s Office main function is to place a fair and equitable assessment on every property in the City of Allen Park then calculates the capped and taxable value. This task of determining an assessment is accomplished by inspecting any new construction to the property, analyzing the market activity through verifications of property sales and observing other factors which affect market value.
This is an ongoing function since property assessments are adjusted annually to reflect current market conditions.
Proposal A of 1994 placed a limit on the value used to compute property taxes. Starting in 1995, property taxes were calculated on Taxable Value. Prior to 1995, taxes were calculated on the State Equalized Value. State Equalized Value (SEV) is essentially 50% of the market value. Taxable Value is the lower of the SEV or the previous year's Taxable Value plus and adjustment for inflation
The State of Michigan Constitution requires that property be assessed at 50% of true cash value. Proposal A was a constitutional amendment passed in 1994 that placed additional limits on the values used to calculate property taxes. Beginning in 1995, property taxes were calculated by levying the millage on the taxable value, rather than the state equalized value. The taxable value is the lesser of the capped value and the state equalized value. The capped value is calculated by taking the previous year’s taxable value, subtracting any losses from demolition, then multiplying by the inflation rate or 5%, whichever is less, then adding any value for new construction. The inflation rate for 2014 is 1.6% Notice of assessment changes are mailed annually at the end of February. This is a notice of assessed value, taxable value and homestead status. Property owners can appeal their assessed value, capped value and homestead status to the March Board of Review.
The mission of the City of Allen Park Assessor is to appraise and assess all properties and perform related assessment administration functions as required by the State of Michigan. The Assessor’s Office must continue to strive to maintain fair and equitable assessment practices and perform them in an efficient and professional manner as expected by the citizens of the City of Allen Park.
Assessor: Christine Kuhn
Deputy Assessor: Christine A. Jahns
Christine Jahns was appointed in January of 2013 as Deputy Assessor for the City of Allen Park. Christine is certified as a Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer by the Michigan State Tax Commission.