The Assessing Department is responsible for the inventory of all property within Lincoln Charter Township, including the Village of Stevensville, and the valuation of all its taxable property. We maintain records of current ownership, assessed and taxable values, property characteristics, and market data. Record Card copies are available upon request for a small fee. This office follows the requirements of the General Property Tax Act of the State of Michigan.
To ensure proper billing of taxes and required notices we encourage you to notify us of any name changes, mailing address changes or business changes.
**ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS**
A new law for 2014 could exempt you from paying personal property taxes if you qualify. Eligible properties are those with a combined True Cash Value of all personal property at your location totaling less than $80,000. To request the exemption from personal property tax, you MUST file Form 5076 (Affidavit of Owner of Eligible Personal Property Claiming Exemption from Collection of Taxes) with your local assessor by February 10. If you qualify but do not file this affidavit, you will be responsible for the taxes on your personal property. More detailed information can be found in STC Bulletin 11 of 2013.
StaTe Tax Commission ANNOUNCES INFLATION RATE MULTIPLIER FOR 2014
The inflation rate multiplier to be applied to the 2013 Taxable value of all property in the State of Michigan, is 1.6%. See STC Bulletin 13 of 2013 or visit the Bureau of Labor and Statistics to find out more about the CPI and how it affects your taxes.
How to Make a Name Change to your Tax Bill
As your Township government, it is our job to assure that each property owner is correctly identified on the tax rolls. The owner of the property is the name that would appear on the most recently recorded deed at the Berrien County Register of Deeds office. Owner names are not changed unless we have a legal document recorded by the Register of Deeds office that shows a change in name or ownership has occurred such as a Warranty Deed, Quit Claim deed, Land contract or other pertinent legal document. When sufficient proof is provided to the office, we will make that correction to insure that the mailings are timely received by the owner/taxpayer.
Assessing officer certification requirements
Currently, assessors must obtain 12 hours of continuing education in order to maintain their certification. Beginning with tax year 2015, assessors are required to complete 16 hours of continuing education every year as well as attendance at a mandatory class on assessing updates offered by State Tax Commission staff. Assessors must also pass a Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) test every five years. Assessor certification requirements are governed by the Michigan State Tax Commission. More information regarding assessor recertification can be found here.
Property and Land search for
Lincoln Charter Township and/or the Village of Stevensville
Property owners may view their property record at no charge, but must create an account first. If a resident owns multiple properties, a different account may have to be created for each parcel. For all other inquiries, there is a nominal fee of $2 per parcel charged by the software site for each parcel you want detailed information on, so you will be asked to create an account.
Use this link to search for information on properties located in Lincoln Charter Township including the Village of Stevensville- (charge applies)
Use this link if you would like to view your current or past years property tax bills-(charge applies)
Use this link if you would like to view Aerials of Berrien County properties-(charge may or may not apply)
Property Record Card copy (includes copy of building sketch) $1.00
Realtor Data Sheet (includes copy of plat map) $5.00
Real Estate Summary Sheet (includes copy of buildng sketch) $2.00
Sketch copy $1.00
All other copies:
8 ½ x 11 SIngle copy 25¢; both sides, 50¢
8 ½ x 14 Single copy 30¢; both sides, 60¢
11 x 17 Single copy 40¢; both sides, 80¢