Finance & Assessing

Finance Director

Under the direction of the City Manager, the Finance Director/Treasurer is responsible for monitoring all of the financial operations of the City. Financial, clerical, and bookkeeping responsibilities include: financial planning; managing investments; preparing and distributing monthly financial statements, ensuring compliance with federal and state accounting standards; billing and collecting property taxes; assisting with preparing and maintaining the annual budget; working with auditors; handling information technology issues; state and federal reports; assisting with Payroll, Utility Billing, and Cash Receipts; and special projects. 

The Finance Director/Treasurer also serves as Deputy Clerk, performing the Clerk's responsibilities in her absence.

 Lenore Spahr, Finance Director/Treasurer/Deputy Clerk


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


Lenore Spahr, Finance Director/ Treasurer/Deputy Clerk
 City Hall, 265 E. Chicago Street
 (517) 849-2104

Chuck Zemla, City Assessor
 CSZ Services
 (517) 849-2104 or (989) 292-4422

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