The Assessing Department is responsible for the inventory of all property within Cascade Township and the valuation of all of its taxable property. We maintain records of current ownership, assessed and taxable values, property characteristics and market data. This office follows the requirements of the General Property Tax Law of the State of Michigan.
Assessors must be certified by the State Tax Commission (STC) in Lansing. The STC certifies individuals at Master (MMAO), Advanced (MAAO) or Certified (MCAO) based on education, experience and examination. MMAO is the highest rating. Municipalities are required to have an assessor whose certification is at least equivalent to the SAB’s standard based on total valuation and complexity of the unit of government.
Cascade Township ranks fourth in Kent County by total State Equalized Value (SEV). The cities of Grand Rapids, Wyoming and Kentwood are valued higher.
Cascade’s Assessing Department employs a Master level Assessor. Our Senior Appraiser has an Advanced certification. Our Residential Appraiser has a Certified certification.
Did You Know?
Annual changes of assessment are based on sales in the neighborhood. We have at least 75 sales neighborhoods in Cascade. Your neighborhood rarely consists of just the homes on your street.
Your taxable value can never exceed your assessed value.
Principal Residence Exemptions that are in effect January 1 each year stay in effect for the calendar year.
The June 1 filing deadline for Principal Residence Exemptions applies to new applications only. You do not need to reapply each year.
The assessor is not permitted by State Law to set your new assessment at one half of your purchase price.
It is your responsibility as a taxpayer to review your property record card periodically to be sure you agree with all the information that is currently of record.
The assessing staff is available Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Feel free to come in or call (616) 949-6176 if you have any questions on your property. The assessing system is quite complex, and we are always willing to help our taxpayers understand how the system works.