Assessor’s Office

Assessor Lisa Shagena, MCAO
Phone: (810) 385-4489 x1101
Email: [email protected]

Elisha Messina, Assistant Assessor
Phone: (810) 385-4489 x1106
Email: [email protected]

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The Assessing Department is responsible for assessing all Real and Personal Property located within Fort Gratiot. The task of assessing requires the maintenance of records on each parcel of property. The department is computerizing the assessing records. In the future, the computerized records will include land sketches, building sketches and a picture of each property, along with the Equalizer Valuation information.

Assessments are reviewed each year. Assessment Change Notices are mailed at the end of February. Board of Review meets to hear aggrieved taxpayers the Monday following the first Tuesday in March. Time and dates of these meetings are written on the change notices. More forms are available by clicking the “Downloads” Tab.

PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXATION CHANGES EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 31, 2013. In December of 2012, Governor Snyder signed into law eleven bills affecting the taxation of personal property. The majority of these Acts do not take effect until December 31, 2015 for the 2016 Tax Year.

However, P.A. 402 of 2012 as amended by P.A. 153 of 2013, MCL 211.9o, is effective December 31, 2013 for the 2014 Tax Year. Click here to see the Michigan State Tax Commission Bulletin 11 of 2013 which provides guidance and explanation on the changes effective December 31, 2013

INFORMATION FOR DISABLED VETERANS EXEMPTIONS
Eligibility Requirements:
In order to be eligible for the exemption, the disabled veteran must have been honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States. They must be a Michigan resident. Additionally, they must meet one of the following criteria:
(a) Has been determined by the United States department of veterans’ affairs to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans’ benefits at the 100% rate.
(b) Has a certificate from the United States veterans’ administration, or its successors, certifying that he or she is receiving or has received pecuniary assistance due to disability for specially adapted housing.
(c) Has been rated by the United States department of veterans’ affairs as individually unemployable.

The unremarried surviving spouse of the disable veteran is eligible for the exemption based upon the eligibility of their spouse; therefore the spouse must also be a Michigan resident. The exemption will continue only as long as the surviving spouse remains unremarried.

How is a determination made that the disabled veteran is permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans’ benefits at the 100% rate?
The Veterans’ Administration defines a service connected disability as a disability related to an injury or disease that developed during or was aggravated while on active duty or active duty for training.[1] The Veterans Administration Schedule for Rating Disabilities is used to assess the medical conditions and illnesses incurred or aggravated during the veteran’s military service and a percentage rating from 0% to 100% is assigned based on the severity of the disability.

Individuals filing the affidavit for the exemption under criteria a) must provide a copy of the letter from the Veterans’ Administration indicating they have a 100% service connected disability and are entitled to receive benefits.

Note: The Act does not require the disabled veteran to have already received the benefit, it only requires that they have been determined to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans’ benefits at the 100% rate.

What is assistance for specially adapted housing?
The Veterans’ Administration provides veterans with certain permanent and total service-connected disabilities financial assistance to purchase or construct an adapted home or modify an existing home to accommodate a disability. There are two grant programs: specially adapted housing grant (SAH) and the special housing adaptation grant (SHA).[2]

The State Tax Commission has determined that receipt of either grant would qualify an individual for the exemption under criteria b).

Individuals filing the affidavit for the exemption under criteria b) must provide a copy of the certificate from the Veterans’ Administration indicating they are receiving or have received pecuniary assistance due to disability for specially adapted housing.

What does individually unemployable mean?
Individual unemployability is part of the Veterans’ Administration disability compensation program. Under this program, veterans may receive compensation at the 100% rate even though their service connected disability is not rated at 100%.[3]

In order to be eligible a veteran must prove they are unable to maintain substantially gainful employment as a result of their service connected disability. In addition they must have one service connected disability rated at 60% or more or two or more service connected disabilities with at least one rated at 40% or more with a combined rating of 70% or more.[4]

Individuals filing the affidavit for the exemption under criteria c) must provide a copy of the letter from the Veterans’ Administration indicating they are individually unemployable.

Is there an asset test and/or means test to determine eligibility?
No, there is no asset test and/or means test to determine eligibility. In order to be eligible the disabled veteran must meet the requirements of Public Act 161 of 2013 regardless of their income or the value of their home.

[1] Summary of VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans

[2] U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans

[3] Veteran’s Affairs Individual Unemployability Fact Sheet

[4] Veteran’s Affairs Individual Unemployability Fact Sheet


State Tax Commission
PO Box 30471
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7971
Phone: (517) 335-3429
Fax: (517) 241-1650
Email: [email protected]

Please complete the form, below and return to the Assessors Office no later than December 6, 2013 to be considered at the December Board of Review for the 2013 tax year.
1. This exemption is only available to disabled veterans or, if the veteran has died, to their un-remarried surviving spouse who own and use the home as their homestead.
2. The disabled veteran or their surviving spouse must be a resident of the State of Michigan.
3. Assessors are advised that eligible disabled veterans will be able to apply for a 2013 exemption at the December 2013 Board of Review. An exemption will cancel the July and December 2013 taxes, but will not cancel any taxes levied before 2013.

For the 2014 tax year, the form must be submitted no later than Friday, March 14, 2014.

Click here for the Claim for Disabled Veterans Exemption Fillable Form

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ASSESSING SITE VISIT INFORMATION

The Assessing Department will be out in the following areas this year doing on-site inspections. We will begin with Phase 1 and move on to the next phase as each phase is completed. We will be out during the hours of 8:30 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Pictures will be taken so access to back yards is necessary and all pets should be secured when we are at your home.

All assessing personnel carry identification. A door hanger will be left in the event that no one is home. Please fill out the information card on the door hanger and return it to the Assessing Department as soon as possible. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call the Assessing Department at 810-385-4489, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

PHASE 1 (355 PARCELS) PHASE 2 (322 PARCELS) PHASE 3 (240 PARCELS)
BLUEBERRY LN KEEWAHDIN RD ABEL DR
COLLINS RD KRAFFT RD BONISTEEL RD
CONNIE LN NORTH RIVER RD BUCKLEY DR
DEVONSHIRE RD PINE GROVE RD DESMOND BEACH
DYKEMAN RD FAIRWAY DR
ESTATES DR FORMAN DR
GRANT AVE GRACE RD
GUILFORD LN GRATIOT AVE
LAKE DR HELEN AVE
LOMAR DR HITCHINGS ST
LOTON DR JAMES CT
OAK LEAF DR LILAC LN
OLD FARM LN MEADOWLAWN DR
OLD FORGE LN ORVALL DR
OXBOW DR SPARTAN DR
POLLINA AVE VELMA DR
SAPPHIRE LN WATSON DR
SIMPSON RD WILLOW LN
SUNSET LN
TEEPLE AVE
WILSON DR
WOODED TWIGS DR

 

PHASE 4 (198 PARCELS) PHASE 5 (228 PARCELS)
CAMPFIRE DR 24TH AVE
ELMWOOD DR BRACE RD
LAKESHORE RD CAMPBELL RD
MAPLEWOOD DR CARRIGAN RD
SYLVAN DR COLE RD
WOODLAND DR LINCOLN AVE
PARKER RD
SHOREVIEW DR
STATE RD
STREETER DR
TICE RD