Assessing Department Receives Perfect Score on Assessment Roll and Practices Audit

July 27, 2023

City’s Assessing Department Receives Perfect Score on Assessment Roll and Practices Audit

The City of Traverse City’s Assessing Department recently received a perfect score on the State of Michigan’s Assessment Roll and Practices Audit. The audit is required by Public Act 660 of 2018, on behalf of the State Tax Commission. The audit includes substantial compliance review and technical compliance review.

The City’s Assessing Department is entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the City's assessment rolls for all assessable property, both real and personal, located within the City limits for Grand Traverse & Leelanau Counties. Assessment and taxable value determinations are made in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 211 of the Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL), otherwise known as the "General Property Tax Act" (often referred to as the GPTA).

"Our office understands the importance of maintaining accurate assessment rolls, as they are a crucial component in determining property taxes. We work tirelessly to ensure that all properties are assessed fairly and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Our team uses a variety of methods to ensure accuracy, including on-site inspections, data analysis, and collaboration with other departments. I am proud of my team to have received a perfect score on the annual audit,” says Polly Watson-Cairns, City Assessor.

“Ms. Cairns has a wealth of experience in the field of assessing, and her expertise is evident in the work that she and her team produce. This perfect score is due to the dedication to ensuring that all properties in the City are assessed fairly and accurately. She is a true asset to the City and another example of a stellar team of professionals committed to providing exceptional services to our community,” stated Interim City Manager, Nate Geinzer.

The State Tax Commission is comprised of 3-members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The State Tax Commission has general supervision of the administration of the Property Tax Laws in Michigan and shall render such assistance and give such advice to assessors, as they deem necessary.