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.
2019 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 5 years to update property information and assure more accurate and equitable assessments.
City property appraisers will be conducting inspections in the following area: In Neighborhood Planning Council #4, from Laurel Drive south to Sherman Road and from Orchard Avenue/Place east to East Avenue North. In addition, we will be in and around the areas of Huntington Hills, Potter's Grove and Windamere. An interior inspection takes approximately 10 minutes and then the outside is measured.
For those property owners not at home, an orange 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.
Another option now available is to complete a short on-line questionnaire to help verify some basic information about your property. In the I'm looking for ... search field above, enter "update property" and click on the first link.
Tax Rate Breakdowns
- Average Homestead Tax Rate: 45.34 per thousand
- Average Non-Homestead Tax Rate: 63.52 per thousand