Assessing Department

Welcome to the Assessing Department 

The Assessing Department is responsible for estimating the market value of taxable properties in East Bay Charter Township. The Assessing Department strives to be as accurate and efficient as possible to have the optimal impact of government costs upon property owners.

Michigan Constitution and property tax law requires that all property be uniformly assessed at no more than 50% of true cash value,  the cash price a property has in a competitive open market.

General Property Tax Act [MCL211.1] requires real and personal property to be assessed annually by a certified assessing officer. The assessment roll must include the name and address of every person subject to taxation in the municipality. The roll must also contain a full property description, including the number of acres. 

The Assessing Department is required to maintain assessing records, which includes annual assessments, taxable values, maintenance of owner and taxpayer name and address, legal descriptions and homestead information for each property in the township. Inspections of properties will be made to continually develop accurate assessing records. 

There are various reasons that your assessed and taxable values can increase. An assessed value can increase if improvements are made to the property, or if the general market increases. Taxable values are capped at the rate of inflation or 5%, whichever is less, unless there are new improvements made to the property.

On October 26th, 2005, East Bay Charter Township contracted the Grand Traverse County Equalization to become the Township's registered assessor to help update property assessment information. Our staff will continue to be in the field to measure structures and update photos. 

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Assessing Department Contact Info

Ryan Porte

Director of Assessing, MAAO
East Bay Township welcomes Ryan Porte to the East Bay Township Assessing Department.
Ryan relocated to the Grand Traverse area from Port Huron, where he was the City Assessor.

Julie Jackson
Assessing Administrative Specialist, MCAO
East Bay Township welcomes Julie Jackson to the East Bay Township Assessing Department.
Julie lives in Traverse City and previously worked in Oceana County as an Equalization Clerk.