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Posted on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 : 1:43 p.m.

Think your property tax assessment is too high? Upcoming meeting offers tips on how to appeal it

By Ryan J. Stanton

Local taxpayers can learn about the most effective way to appeal their property tax assessment at a town hall meeting scheduled for March 8 in Scio Township.

The meeting is being hosted by state Rep. Mark Ouimet, R-Scio Township, who represents western Washtenaw County in the state House.


Mark Ouimet

The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District building at 1819 South Wagner Road.

"I encourage local homeowners to attend this informative meeting," Ouimet said in a statement. "Appealing your property tax assessment is a fundamental right, and we'll show attendees the step-by-step process to make the best case to your local board."

State Rep. Tom McMillin, a property tax expert, will attend the meeting to discuss the process to appeal property tax assessments.

Ouimet and McMillin will then take questions from the audience.

Residents do not need to register for the event. For more information, call Ouimet's office toll free at 855-627-5052 or

Ryan J. Stanton covers government and politics for Reach him at or 734-623-2529.



Tue, Mar 8, 2011 : 1:48 p.m.

Is there any way to get a summary of these tips? I was supposed to attend tonight, but will be out of town. Thanks

Marian Gregor

Tue, Mar 1, 2011 : 6:01 p.m.

I have successfully gotten my property taxes reduced with my township, but then I am a Realtor and understand the language and understand how to do comparables. I suggest you talk to your Realtor to see if you have a realistic chance; and, if so, what you need to present. If you don't have a Realtor, contact me through <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Thu, Feb 24, 2011 : 3:33 p.m.

Where can one find the written process/procedure used by these townships and cities to calculate your property tax? Thanks!


Wed, Feb 23, 2011 : 11:14 p.m.

Advice, n, the smallest current coin &quot;The man was in such deep distress,&quot; Said Tom, &quot;that I could do no less Than give him good advice.&quot; Said Jim: &quot;If less could have been done for him I know you well enough, my son, To know that's what you would have done.&quot; - Ambrose Bierce, Devil's Dictionary

Alan Goldsmith

Wed, Feb 23, 2011 : 8:55 p.m.

What a hoot. Where was Ouiment with this free advice when he was on the County Commission? A born again tax cutter all of a sudden now he's in Lansing? I didn't see this when he was spending my tax dollars on attending meetings and then only paid it back after he got caught. Lol.


Wed, Feb 23, 2011 : 8:29 p.m.

I have tried this and while they did not laugh in my face. Nothing will be done other than possibly a token lowering of an insignificant amount. The state tax tribunal after appealing locally is the next drawn out step.


Wed, Feb 23, 2011 : 7:46 p.m.

I tried doing this once. They laughed in my face.