The Assessorís Office is responsible for identifying all taxable real and personal property within Oscoda Charter Township for the primary purpose of establishing assessed and taxable values. These values are based on the condition of the property as of tax day which is Dec. 31 of the prior year. Michigan Compiled Law requires that property be assessed at 50% of its true cash value. For assessing purposes true cash value is defined as the usual selling price of property. The Legislature and Courts have clearly indicated that the actual selling price of a property is not the controlling factor in determining its assessed value. The assessing office reviews all sales which have occurred thru Sept. of the prior year to establish the assessments. For example, the 2011 assessments were based on property conditions as of Dec 31, 2010 and valid property sales which occurred thru Sept. 30 of 2010.
Assessed and state equalized values are determined each year. A capped value is also established for every parcel, by multiplying the prior yearís taxable value with adjustments for losses and additions by the Consumers Price Index. The taxable value, which the property tax bill is based on, is the lower of the capped value or the state equalized value. For this reason it is possible for your taxable value to increase even if your assessed value has decreased.
The Assessorís Office is also responsible for maintaining property ownership records, mailing addresses and principal residence exemptions.
If you have moved or changed your mailing address please notify our office as soon as possible to ensure that any correspondence from Oscoda Township is sent to the correct address.Michigan Compiled Laws Section 211.27a requires the buyer, grantee or other transferee to file a transfer affidavit with the assessor within forty-five (45) days whenever there is an ownership transfer of real estate. You may download this firstname.lastname@example.org/treasury. Ownership transfers may include changes in partial ownership interests or transfers to and from trusts. If you have any questions or need assistance in filing the affidavits please contact our office.
If you are selling only portions of your property please contact our office. You may be required to apply for a lot split or land division from the Township before selling.
You may claim a principal residence exemption on property that you own and occupy as your primary residence. You must file a principal residence exemption affidavit with the assessorís office in order to receive this exemption. You may download forms pertaining to this exemption @www.michigan.gov/treasury.
Please note you may not claim more than one primary residence. If you were claiming a principal residence exemption on your property and have either sold the property or moved you are required to rescind your exemption within 90 days.
The accuracy of any assessed value is dependent on the accuracy of the property information on which it is based. We encourage property owners to contact our office or review their property information on line. If you have any questions, concerns or the conditions of your property have changed please contact the assessing office. Our hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We may be reached at (989) 739-7071. Our mailing address is Oscoda Charter Township; Assessorís Office, 110 South State St., Oscoda, MI. 48750 or email at assessor@OscodaTownshipMi.gov
Nancy Schwickert, Assessor
Jeff Thayer, Appraiser
Helen M Dix, Description Clerk