Welcome to the Birch Run Township Assessors Department!
Assessor: Christopher Coucke, MAAO, PPE
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9:00am-11:30am, 12:00-5:00pm
Our duty at the Birch Run Township Assessor’s Department is to calculate the value of properties within
How are property assessments, SEVs, and taxable values determined? How do I obtain information/data on properties?
Property assessment and tax data of the
Although, property assessment and tax data is now available on the web, basic information on a single property can still be obtained over the telephone. In order to obtain more detailed information / data or information on multiple properties, one must visit either the Township's web site or come into the Assessor's Office.
Property Tax Lookup:
How to review and appeal your property assessment?
The State of
What is a valid basis for appeal?
Claiming that your property taxes are too high and continue to go up is not a valid basis for appeal. (Remember that the Taxable Value may increase each year based on the Inflation Rate Multiplier or 1.05 whichever is less). To actually see a reduction in taxes, the Assessed Value (SEV) or Capped Value must decrease to less than the level of your current Taxable Value.
To have a good basis for appeal you need to provide evidence which indicates the Assessed Value is in excess of 50% of True Cash Value. This requires some research and fact finding on your part. Is the value of your property comparable to the sale price of similar properties that sold in your area? Is the information on which the Assessor based the appraisal correct? If you wish to check the accuracy, you need to visit the Assessor’s Office to review your property record card.
A number of factors are considered when appraising a property to estimate its value. Some of these factors are age, size, quality and type of construction, lot size, finished attics and basements, the neighborhood where the property is located, and the selling price of similar properties in that area.
If you recently purchased your home for less than the value placed on it by the Assessor, you need to check to see if other homes in your area also sold for less than twice the Assessed Value (SEV). This may indicate that the market value is lower than the value established by the Assessor.
If there is a problem with the property such as a leaking basement, it should be brought to the attention of the Assessor’s Office. A quote for the cost of repair should also be provided.
A professional appraisal of your property can be valuable if you file an appeal; however, unless substantial tax savings result from the appeal, the cost of the appraisal might be more than your tax savings. Appraisals created for purposes such as bank financing, however, may not be appropriate for property tax valuation.