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Workshops for property tax assessment appeals

Homeowners are starting to get their property tax assessments in the mail. A few organizations are hosting workshops for people who think their home’s value might be over-assessed.

Rose Bogaert is chair of the Wayne County Taxpayers Association:

"Going to the Board of Review and saying 'my taxes are too high' will get you nothing. You have to have information that justifies your contention that your house is over-assessed."

Bogaert says her organization’s workshops educate homeowners about things like how to analyze sales in their neighborhoods. Information about the Headlee Amendment and Proposal A – which govern property tax assessments in Michigan – is also part of the workshops.

Oakland County officials are also hosting a series of sessions about tax assessments through early March.UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Michigan Taxpayers Alliance/Wayne County Taxpayers Association:

Thursday, February 10, 7 to 9 p.m.
Patriots of Southeast Michigan
Community Lutheran Church
23984 Gibraltar Rd, Flat Rock

Wednesday, February, 16, 7 to 9 p.m.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church2803 First Street
Wyandotte, MI 48192

Monday, February,  28th
Anchor Bay High School
6319 County Line Road
(located just north of 25 Mile Road in Ira Township)

Oakland County assessment seminars:

Wednesday, February 16th, 7 to 9 p.m.
Novi City Hall
45175 West Ten Mile Road
(Seating limited to 150)

Thursday, February 24th, 7 to 9 p.m.
Oakland Community College - Royal Oak Campus
Lilla Jones-Johnson Theater, Bldg D, 2nd floor
739 South Washington
(Seating limited to 300)

Wednesday, March 2nd, 7 to 9 p.m.
Oakland County Board of Commissioners
1200 North Telegraph Road
(Seating limited to 200)

Sarah Hulett is Michigan Public's Director of Amplify & Longform, helping reporters to do their best work.