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Beginning April 17th, 2017, you may see these employees in your neighborhood if you live on the lake or a major road (Little Mack, 11 Mile etc.)
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Why is this being done?
The State Tax Commission performs an audit of minimum assessing requirements on various cities and townships every year. Part of the state’s audit is to review the city’s property record cards which detail the items being valued on a particular parcel. The state is looking for record cards to be at least 90% accurate. Their suggested method to ensure this is to canvas 20% of the community each year. The last time St. Clair Shores was canvassed was in 1998.

The Assessing Department began canvassing the city again in 2011 and anticipates completing the city by the end of 2017. During the next few years, we will physically measure every property along with any porches and outbuildings unless there is a no-trespassing sign. If there is a no trespassing sign or there is no access to a property, the assessors will estimate what can be seen from the street or neighbors’ yards. While we are at each property, we will be noting any visible updates.  A photo of the property will be taken later in the year.

What if my record card is incorrect?
As a part of the process, it is certain that the assessors will find items that have been added or removed without permits or were simply missed in previous years. In this case anything added to the record card will result in an increase in your 2016 taxes. Anything removed from the record card will result in a decrease to your 2017 taxes unless there is evidence it was removed prior to December 31, 2015. A property owner will be able to view revisions to their record card online after November 1st.

Who is coming out and when will they be here?
There will be two teams of 2 people canvassing each street. Assessors Teri Socia and Vicky Shipman will each have an aide helping with the measuring. All team members wear an identification badge. We will be canvassing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The employees will knock on the door and proceed to measure unless the owner refuses, there is a no trespassing sign or there is an obstacle blocking the gate.  For the 2016 season, we will begin measuring the area north of 13 Mile between Harper & Jefferson. We expect to be in the field during the months of April, May, June and September.

**During this time, there will not be any personnel in the assessing office.  All calls will be returned the following day from 8-9 a.m.  Records are still available for inspection at the Tax Water & Assessing Department located at City Hall between the hours of 8:00 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday**

Teri Socia

Vicky Shipman
Appraiser 3

City of St. Clair Shores
27600 Jefferson Circle Dr.
St. Clair Shores, MI 48081

Ph: 586-447-3355
Fx: 586-445-5245

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The City of St. Clair Shores27600 Jefferson Circle Drive, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081