Will Equalization raise my taxes?

The goal of Equalization’s appraisal or sales studies is not to modify individual properties’ assessments; rather, it is the function of the local Assessor to annually establish assessed and taxable values on an individual basis.  The scale of Equalization is greater.  Any potential impact of Equalization would affect an entire classification of property in a local unit (for example, all Commercial properties in Lodi Township, or all Residential properties in Webster Township).  The value that is calculated for your property will be analyzed as part of an aggregate along with other properties.

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1. Why did someone from the Equalization Department visit my property?
2. Is Equalization the same as my Assessor?
3. Will Equalization raise my taxes?
4. What is an Equalization Study?
5. Why was my property chosen for the current Equalization Study?
6. Can I refuse to participate in an Equalization Study?
7. How is an Equalization Study conducted?
8. What is County Equalization and the Equalization Report?
9. Where do I submit my Property Transfer Affidavit, PA 260 affidavit, or homestead exemption affidavit?
10. Aside from Equalization, how does assessing work in the State of Michigan generally?
11. What is the Apportionment Report?
12. Why is the Property Description Division attached to the Equalization Department?
13. How do I split or combine my property?