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Assessor

Donnie Willson, Assessor – muntwpassessor@jamadots.com

Please visit our calendar for upcoming Board of Review dates.

Assessing is the method used to determine how much taxpayers will pay in property taxes. Property taxes are charges to taxpayers for the costs of governmental programs and services that benefit the general public and to finance public improvements, such as a road project or new fire station.

There are many local governmental units with the authority to levy taxes: townships, villages, cities, school districts, intermediate school districts, community colleges, district libraries, and special taxing authorities, such as downtown development authorities.

However, there are only two governmental units with the authority to assess property: townships and cities. Villages are required to have assessment rolls, but villages do not assess property because all property in a village is within a township, so the village assessments must be identical to those set by the township assessor.

All taxable property within a township must be annually assessed by the township assessor who is certified as qualified by the State Assessors Board.

Once an assessor is certified by the State Tax Commission, they must annually renew their certification by taking continuing education credits and must attend a mandatory assessing update presented by the State Tax Commission.

The Assessor is responsible for the inventory of all property within the Township and the valuation of all taxable property both real property (land and buildings) and personal (tangible).

Poverty Property Tax Exemption

Residents meeting income limit and asset level tests set by Munising Township may be eligible for a full or partial exemption of property taxes. The Township has adopted guidelines which establish filing requirements, details of the review process for the exemption and income and asset levels which apply. The specific annual income limits vary by size of household and are published each year by the State of Michigan.

It is necessary to apply for this exemption annually with the Assessing Department. Applicants must submit a completed application to the Assessing Department prior to the last meeting of the Board of Review. Exemptions may be granted at the March, July or December Board of Review.

As part of the application, it is necessary to submit a copy of the most recent income tax return for everyone who occupies the residence. If an occupant is not required to file an income tax return, that occupant must submit a completed Poverty Exemption Affidavit.

  • Munising Township Hardship Exemption Application Form
  • Form 4988 – Poverty Exemption Affidavit Form