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Name: Steve Hudson, Assessor
Phone: (269) 966-3369



Michigan law requires the assessor to annually value all taxable property at 50% of market value. Taxable properties include farms, homes, factories, commercial properties and vacant land. It also includes personal property for commercial and industrial businesses.

The Assessing Division also keeps records on ownership, addresses, homestead exemptions, sales, and land and building details for about 25,000 properties located within the city.

The city, schools, county, library, community college, and state use the annual values to generate revenue. This is in the form of property taxes. It is the fairest way available to them for collecting the money they need to finance their services.

2015 Residential/ Commercial Re-inspection Program

It’s spring, and the Battle Creek City residential and commercial re-inspection program continues. The State Tax Commission recommends all properties be re-inspected every five years to update property information and assure more accurate and equitable assessments.

City property appraisers will be visiting several subdivisions and their surrounding areas. These subdivisions include Post first and second Additions.  Additional inspections will be in the Rural Southwest area of the city and all agricultural properties. All appraisers will have city identification. The appraisers will be going from door to door. An interior inspection takes approximately 10 minutes and then the outside is measured. For those property owners not at home, a yellow door tag with the Assessing telephone number will be left. Those receiving a door tag are encouraged to call and schedule an inspection. Property owners may call the Battle Creek Assessor’s office at (269) 966-3369 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. In addition, commercial properties along the Columbia Avenue corridor are being visited to update city records.


Tax Rate Breakdowns

Average Homestead Tax Rate: 45.34 per thousand

Average Non-Homestead Tax Rate: 63.52 per thousand

For a breakdown of taxes by school district, look at our reports below.  These reports are made available in Adobe Acrobat format.  If your browser does not already have the Acrobat Reader plug-in that is required to view these documents, click here to access a free copy of the software.

Where Do Residential Taxes Go?
Where Do Business Taxes Go?

2014 Tax Rates Ad Valorem Real & Utility Personal
2014 Tax Rates Ad Valorem Commercial & Industrial Personal

2013 Tax Rates Ad Valorem Real & Utility Personal
2013 Tax Rates Ad Valorem Commercial & Industrial Personal

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