City Assessor

Property Information Lookup

The Assessing Division must inventory and value all assessable property within the City of Lansing annually. That valuation is used in conjunction with millage rates to determine property taxes.

Property Valuation
Property values are determined as of December 31 of each year. Assessment notices are sent to property owners in late February or early March; two weeks prior to the March Board of Review. Property owners have the opportunity to appeal the valuation at the March Board of Review. The final taxable values are used to determined property tax amounts, which are billed as of July 1 and December 1. (Please refer to the City Treasury website for information on property taxes payment dates and information.)

Property owners are encouraged to review the property information used to determine the value of their property. Property information can be found using the Property Information Lookup link at the top of this page. If you have questions about your property information or assessment, please contact the Assessing Department at any time of the year.

In the State of Michigan, property is assessed at one-half (50%) of a property’s
true cash value (market value), which is determined using market information for properties in that area. The value assigned to a property may differ from the amount for which it was sold or purchased, depending on factors of the sale and market conditions in the area. True cash value reflects a property’s usual selling price.

While property is assessed at one-half (50%) of true cash value, State of Michigan law limits the amount by which the taxable value can increase in a given year for tax purposes to the lesser of five percent (5%) or the rate of inflation. New construction or demolition will also effect the calculation of capped value. As a result, three values are assigned to every property: the assessed value (also known as State Equalized Value, “SEV”), the capped value and the taxable value, the value used to determine the amount of property tax levied on that property.

1. A property’s State Equalized Value (SEV), being 50% of a the property’s value, increases 4% -- from $40,000 to $41,600
2. The inflation rate for the applicable year is 1%

In this example, the State Equalized Value (SEV) is $41,600. However, the capped value is the result of the previous year taxable value ($40,000) plus inflation ($400). The taxable value is the lesser of the assessed value or the capped value. In this case, the lesser value is the capped value, so that value becomes the new taxable value.

Property Tax Calculation
Property taxes are calculated using the following formula:

Taxable Value multiplied by the millage rate, divided by 1,000

For a property with a taxable value of $40,000 and a total millage rate of 73 mills, the property tax bill will be $2,920. (Please note that property tax bills included all mills levied by all taxing jurisdictions, not just the 19.70 mills of operating and debt mills of the City. Total millage rates vary depending on the county and school district in which a property is located.)

Property Sales and Transfers
Except for certain qualifying circumstances, property that is sold or transferred must be reported to the City Assessing Office using the State of Michigan Property Transfer Affidavit form (PDF).

Principle Residence Exemptions
In the State of Michigan, a primary residence is exempted from the State Education Tax. In order to qualify for exemption, a Principal Residence "Homestead" Exemption form (PDF) must be filed with the City Assessing Office.