State Tax Commission Requirements of the Equalization Director
The Equalization process is vital to guaranteeing that properties are assessed at 50% of market value as is required by Article IX, Section 3 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963. County Equalization serves as a check on assessments determined at the local level, ensuring they are fair and equitable across the County.
The responsibilities of County Equalization rest primarily with each County’s Board of Commissioners. Recognizing the technical and difficult nature of equalization duties, the State, through the General Property Tax Act, requires each County to employ a certified Equalization Director to assist and advise the Board in fulfilling their duties.
In addition to the general purpose of ensuring fair and equitable assessments, statutory requirements of County Equalization include the collection and analysis of sales data, providing assessment assistance to local units, and providing the State Tax Commission with annual reports.