City Assessor's Office
The City Assessor's Office is located in Niles City Hall located at 333 N. Second Street on the first floor. The City Assessor's
Office is a division within the Finance Department.
It is my pleasure to assist you in whatever way possible.
Please do not hesitate to contact me whenever you have questions
regarding the assessment of property.
The City Assessor's office is responsible for
Annually assesses the value of real and personal
properties within the City. Performs on-site inspections,
assesses the value of property improvements and the value of
property losses, and prepares the necessary supporting
documentation and reports.
Calculates summer and winter property tax based on
the determined property value and the Headlee millage reduction,
homestead exemptions and other applicable laws and policies.
Generates semi-annual tax warrants.
Maintains assessment rolls for the City, Downtown
Development Authority, SMCAS and other taxing authorities in
compliance with applicable laws and policies. Maintains
related property records and revises descriptions as needed to
keep property file up-to-date.
Conducts March, July and December Board of Review
and represents the City in appeals to the Board, Tax Tribunal and
other agencies. Adjusts the tax roll as required by the
Board of Review and Tax Tribunal.
Coordinates City assessment activities with
Berrien and Cass Counties and the State. Ensures that
required correspondence and documentation are submitted to
Analyzes property sales within the City to
determine current property values and adjusts individual
property valuations to reflect market changes.
Implements regulations relating to assessment
practices including Proposal A and the Headlee Amendment.
Maintains records of property transfers and principal residence
and incorporates changes into the tax rolls.
Assists in determining property values and the
need for adjustments concerning property sales within the City.
Assists citizens, real estate interests, municipal
professionals and other government agencies with researching and
understanding assessment policies, procedures and records.
Keeps abreast of changes in tax law and other
regulations and policies through continued education and
professional growth. Attends conferences, workshops and
seminars as appropriate.
Performs related work as required.
Property Tax Forms
If you would like to download property tax forms
such as principal residence exemption (PRE) or property transfer affidavits, you
can do so at the
Michigan Department of Treasury website. If you would like
to know how to read your property assessment notice, click
It's the Busy Season!
It's the busy season for home sales and land
contracts. You need to make sure these forms are filled out
and turned into our office. Land contracts do not have to be
registered with the county, but if you do not notify our office or
register the land contract, the uncapping of the SEV is retroactive
to the start date of the land contract back to 1995. Also you
will lose the principal residence exemption (PRE) and it can only be fixed for the current
year and one year prior. If you fail to fill out the forms you
could be thought of as a rental unit. For regular home sales
through a realtor or title office, they will fill out the forms for
you 90% of the time.