Putnam Township Assessor
The Assessor's office is responisible for the Assessment of real and personal property in the Township, including the Village of Pinckney. The office is responsible for the maintenance of Property Transfer Affidavit, Deeds, and Principal Residence Exemptions.
The office also is responisible to have a Property Record Card for all real property. The information that is recorded on the card are building sketches, year built and square footage, land size, legal description, property transfers and building permits.
Assessing records are available M-F 9-5. Our Assessing information is now available online by clicking on the link Property Tax and Assessing. Before viewing the tax and assessing information please note the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.
If there has been a transfer of ownership, deed or a land use permit file with the township, expect a member of the staff to visit your property.
Property owners are encouraged to review their property record card for accuracy.
Every property owner is notified of their property’s assessed value, taxable value, property classification, Principal Residency Exemption status, and the dates of the Board of Review on their annual Notice of Assessment. If you disagree with your assessment, then the BOR is the place to start. You should contact your local assessor for additional BOR information.
The Board of Review (BOR) is a panel of property owners in your jurisdiction. Their duty as members of the BOR is to hear property assessment appeals, property classification appeals, applications for hardship exemptions, and to correct any clerical errors or mutual mistakes of fact that occur after assessments are finalized each year.
General Property Tax Law prohibits an assessed value from being set at one-half of a particular sale price. All arm s length sales of similar properties must be considered in determining assessed values. Arm's length sales generally exist when the property has had proper exposure on the open market and involves an informed buyer and seller each acting prudently, knowledgeably and assuming the price is not affected by undue stimulus or special financing.
Current real estate listings cannot be used in determining the true cash value and resulting assessed values of local properties. AV cannot be based on speculation as to what a home might sell for. By law, AV s must be based on confirmed arm s length sales that have taken place.
Normally, sales that involve mortgage foreclosures and sales from relocation companies (Distressed Sales) are not considered typical sales and are not used to determine the value of property in the assessment process. The State Tax Commission has allowed the use of these sales but only under strict conditions. The assessor has to be able to contact and interview the mortgage company holding the original mortgage, the seller, the buyer, and the buyer s mortgage company. The assessor must also be able to perform an interior inspection to determine that the structure when sold remains in the same condition as when it was assessed.
You would multiply the current years TV by the total millage rate depending on Principal Residency status, then divide by 1000 (i.e.: TV X Millage rate I 1 ,000 = estimated taxes). This will give you an approximate annual amount of property tax. This formula does not include any administrative fees or special assessments that may apply to your property. Millage rates can change from year to year, as does a property s TV; therefore it can be difficult to determine an exact amount until the millage rates are finalized shortly before the taxes are billed. You should contact your local assessor to obtain millage rate information for your city or township.
The General Property Tax Law requires all properties to be evaluated each year. This does not necessarily mean that a field inspection is made of each individual property each year. Assessed values are generally determined by mass appraisal techniques. This is done by grouping similar property types together and analyzing the sales activity in those groups as well as performing field inspections on a sampling of properties within these groups. It is important that property owners periodically review their property record cards, which are available from you r local assessor or on-line (in most jurisdictions).