Ed VanderVries - City Assessor
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Office located at City Hall
241 S. Front Street Dowagiac, MI 49047
Phone - (269) 782-2195 Fax - (269) 782-9744
The Assessor's Office is responsible for the valuation of properties for taxes. This office does not collect taxes. Each year, properties are assessed to provide a basis for tax bills. The value can be appealed in March at the Board of Review.
This office also administers the Principal Residential Exemption Affidavit or "homestead exemption." To apply for a homestead, the form can be obtained at City Hall or online. This form must be submitted by May 1st in order for the homestead to be effective for that tax year.
- Assessment Notices
Each year, the City sends all property owners a "Notice of Change of Assessment" form, which indicates new valuations for each property.
- Personal PropertyTax
Personal property includes furniture, fixtures, equipment and machinery used in the operation of a business. Typical items are desks, chairs, computers, cash registers, racks, beds, televisions, tools, cabinets and anything used for a business but not for resale. If you question whether the property qualifies for the tax, contact the City Assessor's Office (269-782-2195 ).
- Tax Sales
If I don't pay my taxes, will I really lose my house and property? YES, Public Act 123 of 1999 shortens the amount of time property owners have to pay their taxes. If your property taxes are delinquent for two years, you lose your property. Example, if you fail to pay your 2003 property taxes you will lose your property to foreclosure in March 2005.