The City contracts with CSZ Services for Assessing services. The firm holds office hours in City Hall on the third Friday of each month. Other meeting times can be arranged by appointment. The firm can be reached at other times at (989)292-4422.
The principal purpose of the City Assessor is to annually identify of all the real and personal properties in the City, determine the taxable status and uniformly assess those that are subject to property tax in accordance with the General Property Tax Laws. These taxes are a major source of funding to the local government and the public schools.
The City Assessor maintains records of all properties in the City. These records include sketches of structures, amenities of the properties, photos, lists of building permits, history of transfers in ownership, principal residential exemptions, and mapping of parcels. This information is acquired from deeds recorded at the Hillsdale County Register of Deeds, and from unrecorded documents that are brought to our office.
The Assessor also serves the real estate community as a valuable source of land and building data. Real estate agents, land title examiners, developers, and buyers and sellers of real estate use city records to do research on property values.
Chuck Zemla, City Assessor, CSZ Services