Is Equalization the same as my Assessor?

No, Equalization is not the assessor.  The equalization process is part of the larger assessment process in the State of Michigan.  A system of equalization is mandated by Article IX.3 of the State Constitution of Michigan and is further elaborated in MCL 211.34.  Its purpose is to guarantee uniformity and equity across classes of property in counties (County Equalization) and in the state as a whole (State Equalization).

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1. Why did someone from the Equalization Department visit my property?
2. Is Equalization the same as my Assessor?
3. How do I split or combine my property?
4. Will Equalization raise my taxes?
5. Where do I submit my Property Transfer Affidavit, PA 260 Affidavit, or Homestead Exemption Affidavit?
6. What is an Equalization Study?
7. Why was my property chosen for the current Equalization Study?