Alpena County Equalization
720 W. Chisholm St.
Alpena, MI 49707
Mon - Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm
If you are looking for GIS assessment rolls, county maps, summer and/or winter taxes, please call 989-354-9560
Mathew Gast – Request for Nonconsideration of True Cash Value of Normal Repair, Replacement, and Maintenance Expenditures
(PRE) Principle Residence/Qualified Agricultural/Qualified Forest Forms
Property Transfers Personal Property
Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption Form
2012 Aportionment Report L-4402
2012 L-4029 Forms
2012 Millage Rate Summary Sheet
2013 Millage Rate Summary Sheet
2013 Personal and Real Property Totals
2013 Analysis for equalized Valuation Totals
2013 Alpena County IFT Report
2013 Alpena County Equalization Report
2013 Report of Assessment Roll Changes and Classifications
2014 Aportionment Report
The Equalzation Department
The Equalization Department staff consists of three people. The Director oversees the whole operation and manages the staff. One appraiser is responsible for doing appraisals used in the equalization study. This includes everything from initial sales data research to the actual field inspection and interview of the property owner. The Deputies are responsible for examining all deeds for name changes or property splits. They also assist the director wherever he needs it. They also handle all the clerical work required in the office. This includes filing, typing of forms, computer data entry and phone calls. The whole staff shares in the task of handling phone inquiries and problem solving for property owners and real estate agencies.
The Equalization Department has other duties, aside from equalization, related to the assessment function. These include maintaining current names and addresses of property owners in Alpena County, performing property splits on the assessment roll as deeds come through, maintaining tax maps and printing tax bills, assessment rolls and assessment change notices for the eight townships in the county. Other duties are helping property owners and real estate sales people with questions concerning property lines and property values, and assisting the local township assessors with laws and procedures in the assessment function.
State law requires that each year the County Board of Commissioners shall meet in April
to determine the equalized value of the County. The Equalization Department was formed to assist the County Board with this task. Each year random samples of appraisals are compared with the actual assessments of those properties. State law requires that all property be assessed at 50% of market value. If the equalization department's study shows a certain class of property to be assessed below 49% of market value or above 50% of market value, a factor will be applied to the assessments to bring the total value of the class to 50% of market value.