There also exists a poverty exemption from ordinary property (ad valorem) taxes. It can be secured by petitioning the local property tax Board of Review in March of each year. The exemption is provided in one year increments and is not renewable from year-to-year. However, an applicant can file for an exemption every year and if the applicant meets the criteria for a poverty exemption, the local Board of Review can choose to grant the exemption more than once.
Exemptions exist for citizens facing a specific special assessment levy. The granting of these provisions is usually very restricted, but the exemptions exist and they are useful. Explore them. Sometimes, local jurisdictions include exemption provisions as an a "deferment ordinance" when crafting a special exemption project. Most jurisdictions do not. As an alternative, there is the deferment referenced above which is authorized by statute. It is granted by the state of Michigan in exchange for a lein being placed against the property being specially assessed.
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