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File #: 22-0182    Version: 1 Name: 2/22/22 Resolution to Adopt the Board of Review Guidelines for Poverty Exemptions
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/22/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 2/22/2022 Final action: 2/22/2022
Enactment date: 2/22/2022 Enactment #: R-22-048
Title: Resolution to Adopt the Board of Review Guidelines for Poverty Exemptions from Property Taxation of Principal Residence Pursuant to MCL 211.7u
Attachments: 1. 2022 A2 poverty 220% of 2021 FPL - document with values for pdf document -.pdf, 2. 2022 Poverty Guidelines 220% FPL council adopted income level 1.17.2022.pdf
Title
Resolution to Adopt the Board of Review Guidelines for Poverty Exemptions from Property Taxation of Principal Residence Pursuant to MCL 211.7u
Memorandum
Attached for your approval is a resolution to adopt the Board of Review Guidelines for Poverty Exemptions pursuant to Michigan's General Property Tax Act (the "Act"). Local governing bodies may adopt guidelines that set income levels for poverty exemptions from taxes of principal residences at levels higher than those in the federal guidelines. Michigan Compiled Laws ("MCL") Section 211.7u of the Act requires local governing bodies to identify in their guidelines, specific income and asset level limitations of both the applicant and the household ("asset test").

Approval of the revised Board of Review Guidelines (attached) will define the Poverty Exemption, establish the existing maximum $50,000 asset level test, and set the income limits not to exceed 2.20 times the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for each person in the household, as published by the Michigan State Tax Commission. If Council approves the revision, the Board of Review will implement the changes for the 2022 tax year.
Staff
Prepared by: Jerry Markey, City Assessor
Reviewed by: Marti Praschan, Financial Services Area Administrator and CFO
Michelle Landis, Senior Assistant City Attorney
Approved by: Milton Dohoney Jr., Interim City Administrator
Body
Whereas, MCL 211.7u of the General Property Tax Act allows for persons who, in the judgment of the Board of Review, by reason of poverty, are unable to contribute toward the public charges for taxation of their principal residences, to be eligible for exemption in whole or in part from taxation under the Act;

Whereas, MCL 211.7u(2)(e) sets the income guidelines to meet the federal poverty income standards or alternative guidelines adopted by the governing body of the local assessing unit, provided those guidelines are not less than the federal guidelines; and

Whereas...

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