Assessing

Office of Assessing
Assessments are most importantly used in conjunction with the millage rates adopted by the various legislative bodies to generate property taxes guaranteeing revenues for the operation of all local governing units.

New Technology
This activity continues to introduce new technology, update existing programs, and develop cost-saving practices to allow for the efficient operation of equipment and personnel. To achieve this goal, extensive research in all phases of residential, commercial, industrial, and personal property must be conducted. These include:
  • Gathering sales data on vacant property and homes
  • Compiling rental and lease information for apartments
  • Assembling commercial and industrial information
  • Auditing personal property accounts
This research process must be done annually to maintain equitable valuations in all classes of property.

At the conclusion of this research, a computerized listing, or assessment roll, containing the property identification number, property address and legal description, school district, property classification and tentative state equalized and taxable values for all properties in the City is generated. The assessment roll is the only record in the City that ties the property owner of record with the legal description and/or property address. It is in constant use by taxpayers, appraisers, and real estate personnel.

Online Assessment Information
Assessing information is available online. This allows those with access to the Internet the ability to search by parcel number, property address, or comparable building attribute, in order to obtain general assessment, building appraisal and tax information 24 hours a day.

Today's economic conditions warrant up-to-date data from the sale and development of both vacant and occupied land. The assessment roll provides the information required to ensure proper growth in our community.

Regulation & Oversight

With tax reform a reality now and in the future, the staff continues to keep informed of all new regulations. The Assessing Office is monitored closely by higher taxing authorities (e.g. Macomb County Equalization Department and State Tax Commission) to make sure all necessary guidelines are followed. It is a difficult task, but the end result will benefit the taxpayers of Sterling Heights.

Mission & Goal
To promote and foster positive interaction between the Office of Assessing and the taxpayers of the City of Sterling Heights by ensuring that all assessments are accurate, fair, equitable, and lawful.

The primary and continuing goal of the Assessing activity is to achieve fair and equitable assessments in all classes of property.

Did You Know...
The average selling price for a single family, residential home in Sterling Heights in 2015 was $170,085 and the median sale price was $164,500, representing a positive change when compared to 2014 level.