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 – Changes to the Small Business Taxpayer Personal Property Exemption**
Beginning in 2019, taxpayers are no longer required to annually file Form 5076 in order to claim the Small Business Tax payer Exemption. All taxpayers eligible for the Small Business Taxpayer Exemption must file in 2019 to claim the exemption. Eligible properties are those with a combined True Cash Value of all personal property at your location totaling less than $80,000. Once granted, taxpayers will continue to receive the exemption until they no longer qualify for the exemption. At that point, the taxpayer is required to file Rescission Form 5618 and a personal property statement no later than February 20th of the year that the property is no longer eligible. 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 Guide to the Small Business Taxpayer Personal Property Tax Exemption.
STATE TAX COMMISSION ANNOUNCES INFLATION RATE MULTIPLIER FOR 2020
The inflation rate multiplier to be applied to the 2019 Taxable value of all property in the State of Michigan, is 1.9%. See STC Bulletin 15 of 2019 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
Beginning in 2018, assessors must obtain 16 hours of continuing education in order to maintain their certification. Assessor certification requirements are governed by the Michigan State Tax Commission. More information regarding assessor re-certification can be found at their site.
John Baumann, MAAO, PPE
Phone: 269-429-1589 Ext. 103#
PROPERTY AND LAND SEARCH FOR LINCOLN CHARTER TOWNSHIP AND/OR THE VILLAGE OF STEVENSVILLE
Property record cards may be viewed Monday through Friday during our normal business hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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¢
Use the link below if you would like to view Aerials of Berrien County properties.