Appeal Process

Levels of Appeals

The first level of appeal is direct contact with the assessor. Many appeals are simply misunderstandings or misinterpretations of facts which can be resolved effectively in the office.

The next level of appeal is to the Board of Review. The Board of Review is comprised of nine members, all of whom are St. Clair Shores residents. The board members are typically professionals familiar with real estate valuations, such as agents, brokers, or appraisers. Dates, times, and locations for meetings are printed on the annual change of assessment notice.

Applicants appearing before the Board of Review are advised to bring information that helps to substantiate claims of over-assessment, such as photographs, appraisals, and/or listings of comparable sales along with a Board of Review Petition. The board begins meeting on the Tuesday following the second Monday of March each year. Notification of the board's decision is provided by mail no later than the first Monday in June.

If you feel you did not receive the desired outcome through the Board of Review, you may proceed to the Michigan Tax Tribunal (MTT). Commercial and industrial properties are not required to appear before the Board of Review. The MTT is a quasi-judicial body that provides a structured, semi-formal court setting in front of a hearing referee. The MTT requires a Property Tax Appeal Form to be filed by the deadline which is determined by the property classification. The deadlines are found on the Assessing Calendar.