Hamtramck City Assessor
3401 Evaline Street, 1st Floor
Hamtramck, MI 48212
Assessor – Thomas Monchak
Assistant Assessor – Konrad Maziarz
Phone: (313) 800-5233 ext. 820
From the City Charter, Sec. 9-14:
The city assessor shall be appointed by the city manager, subject to approval by a majority vote of the council- and mayor-elect, and shall hold office at the pleasure of the city manager and shall be directly responsible to the city manager. The functions and duties of the city assessor shall be as follows:
(a) He shall possess all the powers vested in, and shall be charged with the duties imposed upon, assessing officers by statute.
(b) He shall prepare all regular and special assessment rolls in the manner prescribed by statute, this charter, and by ordinance.
(c) He shall at all times cooperate with the city manager and provide such information and reports and perform such duties as are requested by the city manager, so long as they are not inconsistent with the duties of his office as herein provided.
Disabled Veteran Exemption
- Disabled Veterans Exemption – Bulletin 19 of 2023
- Disabled Veterans Exemptions FAQ with Samples
- Disabled Veterans Exemption Application (Form 5107)
Online Tax Assessing
Board of Review – The organizational meeting of the Board of Review meets on the Tuesday following the first Monday in March at 9 am. There are no appeals heard on this date. The purpose of the organizational meeting is to receive and review the assessment roll as presented by the assessor; make changes to the roll as deemed appropriate; and review hearing schedules for the upcoming Board of Review.
The 2023 December Board of Review meeting will be held at 9am on Tuesday, December 12th, 2023.
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 – 9:00am – Organizational meeting, no appeals will be heard on this date.
Monday, March 13, 2023 from 1:00pm to 9:00pm
Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Meetings are by appointment only. Appointments will be taken until 4:00pm on Thursday, March 16, 2023. Appeals can also be made by letter. Letter appeals must be received by 4:00pm on March 16.
The March Board of Review meets each year to hold scheduled appeal hearings following the required organizational meeting. The appeal hearings are held in Hamtramck City Hall. The Board shall meet for a minimum of 12 hours during that first week and at least 3 hours of the required sessions must be after 6 P.M. as prescribed by law. Two of the three board committee members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of the business of the committee. Any member of the Board may examine under oath the person making an application, or any person touching the matter before the Board. The March Board of Review has the authority to review the following types of appeals: current year assessed value; current year poverty exemptions under MCL 211.7u; current year Assessor denial of the continuation of a Qualified Agricultural Property Exemption; and the current year assessment classification. The Board shall review the roll according to facts existing on Tax Day in the preceding year on December 31.
MCL 211.30 states that a non-resident taxpayer may file a protest in writing and is not required to make a personal appearance. Hamtramck further strengthened that by passing a resolution, which also permits resident taxpayers to file a protest to the Board of Review in writing without personal appearance.
For residential properties, an appeal must be made to the local Board of Review in order to preserve the right to a further appeal to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. A further appeal of the Board of Review actions (except for property classification) may be made to the Michigan Tax Tribunal, P.O. Box 30232, Lansing, MI 48909, in writing by July 31st of the current year. A Board of Review action involving a classification appeal may be appealed to the State Tax Commission if made by June 30th of the current year. Appeals relating to the valuation of property classified as commercial, industrial, or developmental real property DO NOT require a protest to the March Board of Review. Such appeals must be filed with the Michigan Tax Tribunal by May 31 of the tax year involved. Appeals contesting the levying of a special assessment must be filed within 35 days of the date of hearing held to confirm the special assessment roll.
Every person who makes a request, protest or application to the board of review for the correction of the assessed value or the tentative taxable value of the person’s property shall be notified in writing of the board of reviews action, not later than the first Monday in June.
The Board of Review meets by appointment, although walk-ins are not turned away. Walk-ins may have to wait a longer time until a time slot is available. To schedule an appointment call 313-800-5233 Extension 820.
The Assessing Department’s responsibility is to accurately estimate the fair market value of all properties within the city of Hamtramck. All taxing authorities use taxable values of properties to determine, the tax rates they can collect and thereby determine the amount of annual property tax property owners have to pay. Millage rates determine the amount of taxes per 1,000 of taxable value, are set by the governing bodies of each taxing authority (i.e. city operating by the City Council, county operating by the County Board of Governors, School operating by the School Board). Each jurisdiction is enabled to levy village rates through the authority granted by state law, local charters and also by voters.
Determining Assessed and Taxable Values
The Assessor utilizes various tools to estimate what in assessing parlance is called True Cash Value. True Cash Value is estimated on a mass basis and a computer assisted value generation model is developed with the goal of uniformly assessing all properties using the same methodology. Construction costs, sales comparisons and income approach to value are used to calibrate computer models such that once the assessor enters the data about each property in the computer the value calculations are automatic in each case. This provides uniform assessments by making each property reflect the marketplace for similar properties that have been sold in previous years. On-site appraisals, physical condition and other factors may also affect appraisal amounts. After the assessor estimates the true cash values and determines the assessed and taxable values for properties for the next taxing season, the property owners are served notice of assessments. Property owners wishing to appeal their assessment must do so to the March Board of Review as per the detailed information that is conveyed through the notice of assessment every year.
Property Transfer Affidavit
Assessor is also charged with the responsibility of keeping the ownership of property, mailing addresses or property owners’ records current. This is accomplished through requiring the buyers of property to file a form called Property Transfer Affidavit Form 4260. Property Transfer Affidavit must be filed for a property whenever a transfer of ownership occurs. The affidavit is required to be filed within 45 days of the transfer. If it is not timely filed, a penalty of $5.00 per day up to a maximum of $200.can be levied by the assessor. Property Transfer Affidavit has some important information on it that needs to be completed carefully. The name and mailing address for tax bills and other important communications is taken from this form. After filing this form if the property owner needs to change mailing address, it should be done through filing a Change of Mailing Address form.
Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) Information
New Homeowners should be aware that a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) Affidavit must be filed if they intend to occupy their new home as their principal residence. This form is signed by the buyer at the time of closing and allows an exemption from 18 mills of school operating taxes. More information about the eligibility can be found with second page that comes with the Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) Form. Filing this affidavit without being entitled to on a certain property may result in interest and penalties in addition to the back taxes that are owed.
Request to Rescind Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption (PRE)
The seller of a home should sign a Request to Rescind Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) form and file it with the Assessing Office. This will remove his/her name from the homestead and allow him/her to apply for the homestead exemption on their new residence. Not filing a rescind form when a property owner change his/her principal residence can also create a financial liability later,
whenever the department of Treasury at the state level conducts an audit.
MCL 211.19 states that all businesses must complete and file a personal property statement to the city on or before February 20th of each year. Personal property includes machinery, equipment, computers, furniture, signs, etc. used by the business. A recent change in personal property taxation exempts certain personal property owners if the combined total personal property under their CONTROL as different from OWNED is less than 80,000. But the business owner has to file an affidavit from number 5076.
For more information and an application, please visit: Poverty Exemption
Land Value and ECF Information