Property tax assessment forum in Grand Haven

State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, will host a forum for local residents on the property tax assessment and appeals process.
Tribune Staff
Feb 23, 2013


Price will speak to constituents at the Grand Haven City Hall, 519 Washington Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Grand Haven City Assessor Mike Galligan, who is also the Ottawa County equalization director, will join Price in answering questions on the appeals process.

"Property taxes can be confusing, and many people want to know about the process of appealing their tax assessment but may be hesitant or don't know where to start," Price said. "The goal of this forum is to alleviate some of these concerns and give people more confidence throughout the appeals process."

Residents with questions who cannot attend the meeting can contact Price's office toll-free at 888-238-1008 or via e-mail at



Our property taxes are getting unmanageable. I pay $2500 a year. That over 200 dollars a month. And most of all goes to the schools. And why is the 911 tax rate still set so high. If someone would FOIA or subpoena or what ever it takes we will find out 911 has a huge surplus cash slush fund that keeps growing. Paying those school administrators those huge salaries and perks is getting sickening because if off our property taxes and special millages. Is this so called appeals process going to get my property taxes down to a manageable level down to $500 a year???? If not then its just useless talk and a waste of time.

Walking Alive

School debt is the biggest hit on our tax bill in GH twp at only 1.73 mils. Operating costs for the schools are not paid for by property taxes. Only the local school debt (for the new high school, etc) are paid for out of your property taxes. Thanks to a majority vote many years ago, Michiganders are exempt from the 9 mils they would have collected for operations. Can you imagine, 9 mils?
E911 is only .44 mils, which costs me under $25/year, a bargain.
My property taxes have gone up and down both in recent years. When they rose too high, IMHO, I protested to the board armed with real estate data for houses like ours in the area (Zillow, etc), and a list of the prices realized, and amount of like houses glutting the market. My taxes were lowered, certainly not down to $500, but any bit helps.


We need to revamp the property tax system. It is a bloated system.

Why is it that the burden to prove values is placed on the property owner. It is amazing that we have a system that requires our citizenry to learn a specific board-of-review process. Shouldn't the burden of proof be placed on the government to prove why they should be able to confiscate more money by a blanket declaration of increased property tax values.


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