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File #: 14-0345    Version: Name: 3/3/14 - Waive Attorney Privilege for Property Assessment Memo
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/3/2014 In control: City Council
On agenda: 3/17/2014 Final action: 3/17/2014
Enactment date: 3/17/2014 Enactment #: R-14-092
Title: Resolution to Waive Attorney-Client Privilege with Respect to the February 25, 2014 City Attorney Memorandum on Property Assessment
Sponsors: Jack Eaton
Attachments: 1. City Attorney Opinion regarding Property Assessments
Title
Resolution to Waive Attorney-Client Privilege with Respect to the February 25, 2014 City Attorney Memorandum on Property Assessment
Body
Whereas, Many City residents have questions about the property tax assessments of their single-family homes;

Whereas, Some City residents are or have been involved in the appeal of the property tax assessments of their homes to the Ann Arbor Board of Review and/or the Michigan Tax Tribunal;

Whereas, The process of property tax assessment in general and the process of appealing one's property tax assessment to the Board of Review and/or the Michigan Tax Tribunal are often confusing;

Whereas, Often the general public is unaware of the laws governing the manner in which the City Assessor is required to assess homes and the effect of a reduction of the assessment for one year by the Board of Review and/or the Michigan Tax Tribunal on the property tax assessment for the subsequent year;

Whereas, The City Attorney has provided an attorney-client privileged advice memo to the Mayor and Council on these matters on February 25, 2014;

Whereas, The City Attorney's memo includes materials that are available to the public from the Attorney General, the State Tax Commission, and the Michigan Tax Tribunal but these materials are not easily accessed by the public; and

Whereas, The City residents who are single-family homeowners would be aided by a better understanding of the current laws that govern the property tax assessment process and the process of appealing to the Board of Review and/or the Michigan Tax Tribunal;

RESOLVED, That the City Attorney be directed to prepare a memorandum for public education and distribution regarding the laws governing the manner in which the City Assessor is required to assess homes and the effect of a reduction of the assessment for one year by the Board of Review and/or the Michigan Tax Tribunal on the property tax assessment for the subsequent year (the "Public Memorandum"); ...

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