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If any assessor is not employed by the township, the county tax or equalization department or the State Tax Commission must perform the assessment functions and prepare the assessment roll at the expense of the township, which can be quite costly.
The completed assessment roll is deposited with the supervisor for appropriate handling. Assessors are compensated as determined by the township board. The use of an assessor is particularly necessary if the supervisor is not certified at the sufficient level or if the township is sufficiently developed that it is impossible for one person to perform the assessing function.

Contact the Assessor for Principal Resident Exemptions, combining of property, and answers to all assessing questions.

Contact:  Frank Gentz, Northern Michigan Assessing
P.O. Box 352, St Helen, MI 48656
(989) 389-0832 ~ Fax: (989) 389-2333
Office Hours:
Their office is in their home. If you call and don't get an answer leave a name and number and they will call you back within 24 hours. You are encouraged to leave emails as well.

MCL41.61 permits the township board to provide for the appointment of assessors for the township who have all the powers and duties of the supervisor in the assessment of property. The supervisor remains the chief assessing officer and the assessors are, in all cases, subordinate to the supervisor.

Tax Schedule

Explanation of Tax Bill

View your Freeman Township Assessment Data Online

Helpful Links for Assessment

Board of Review & Appeals Process:

Michigan Tax Tribunal

The Michigan Constitution requires the Legislature to provide for a uniform general tax system, for the determination of true cash value and for property to be assessed uniformly at a level not to exceed 50 percent. The Constitution also establishes maximum limits of tax rates that can be levied. In addition to the General Property tax act (MCL, many public acts impact the administration of property taxation.
Assessors must keep abreast of recent changes and are required by the State Assessors Board to attend education seminars each year.
The Michigan Tax Tribunal (M.T.T.) is the state agency that settles tax disputes that arise between local assessing units and taxpayers. These decisions serve as a guide for assessors in situations involving interpretation of the tax law. Property appeals are usually settled by the Tribunal’s Small Claims Division. Both taxpayer and assessor will be notified of the scheduled informal hearing within your county. The hearing usually lasts less than 30 minutes. Appeals should be accompanied with documentation to support your claim.
March Board of Review meeting, taxpayers must first appeal an assessed value, taxable value, special assessments, improper uncapping, Principle Residence or Qualified Agriculture Exemptions classifications.
Appeals involving classifications are to be filed within 30 days after the March Board of Review (B.O.R.) adjournment. Tribunal can be contacted at 517-373-3003 or at Appeals are not accepted via fax or email.
By first Monday in June, B.O.R. must notify protesting taxpayer in writing of decision at March B.O.R. meeting.
By June 30, taxpayers wishing to appeal the B.O.R.' s decision must file protest with the M.T.T. for assessed valuation or taxable valuation of qualified agricultural property exemption subsequent to board of review.
By third Monday in August, taxpayer to file appeal directly with the M.T.T. if state or county equalization causes taxpayers assessment to exceed 50% of true cash value.
Within 60 days of mailing of tax bill that the taxpayer seeks to contest, appeal must be filed to M.T.T. limits to arithmetic errors.
Both the taxpayer and assessor will be notified a few days in advance of the hearing.
More Michigan Tax Tribunal information can be found



Click for Frequently Asked Question & Answers

Guidelines for the Michigan Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption Program

Homeowner's Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit

Request to Rescind Homeowner's Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit

Property Transfer Affidavit

Affidavit Attesting That Qualified Agriculture Property Shall Remain Qualified Agriculture Property

Application for Deferment of Summer Taxes

Other Michigan Department of Treasury Property Tax Forms


Freeman Township property assessment data is available online.  Property owners can view their own record at no charge.  The general public can view any property assessment record for a fee of $2.00 per hit.

Your Property Taxes may be paid by mail (check or money order) to 7280 Mannsiding Road, Lake, MI  48632.  A receipt will be mailed to you.  You may pay in person to the Treasurer, Janet Lackie, during office hours on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.  AFTER MARCH 1ST. ALL TAXES MUST BE PAID TO THE CLARE COUNTY TREASURER. PO BOX 564, HARRISON, MI 48625.

Click HERE for Township Assessment Data.
You will need to set up an account to view your Assessment Data.



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