City of Cheboygan Assessing

General Information

Douglas “Doug” Keipert, Assessor
Phone; (989) 503-0685

July Board of Review

The City of Cheboygan, 2023 July Board of Review will meet in session at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 403 North Huron Street on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 5:00 P.M. for the purpose of correcting a mutual mistake of fact or clerical errors, also correcting qualified Homesteads filed late or in error as disclosed by the current owners and reviewing 2023 Hardship Exemption and Veteran’s Exemption applications.


The City of Cheboygan Assessment Roll and Record Cards are available to be examined during regular office hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday except holidays.

Cheboygan City Hall
403 N. Huron Street
Cheboygan, MI 49721

Municipal Assessing

The authority of municipal governments to levy taxes arises from the State of Michigan Constitution. In 1896, the State Legislature passed the General Property Tax Law which addressed taxation by property taxes (this law has been amended numerous times since its original adoption). All property in the State of Michigan is taxable unless specifically exempted by law. In order for each municipality to comply with the General Property Tax Law, a Tax Assessor must be appointed. It is the Assessor’s duty to establish the true cash value for each property within his/her jurisdiction. Assessments are calculated using State approved rates and guidelines and must not exceed 50% of true cash value.

Assessors are certified by the State of Michigan. The City of Cheboygan is required to have a Level II certified assessor.

Residential Assessments

All municipalities are required to have an assessment record on file for all properties. This information has been entered into a State of Michigan approved assessment software program which then annually calculates new assessment and taxable values.

Cheboygan County conducts their annual sales study analysis or each class of property. The results for the Residential class concludes an assessment ratio 48.87 %. The state requires a 49.00% to 50.00% range be met. The study indicates that an overall 4.7% average increase is necessary to get assessments into the mandated range.

This sales activity was then analyzed by neighborhoods and a factor assigned to each area reflecting the actual activity within your neighborhood. The particular change in your assessment is a direct result of sales activity within your area.

We encourage you to come into City Hall to review your assessment record card prior to the Board of Review to assist us in improving the accuracy of the information. City Hall office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Commercial Assessments

As is the requirement for Residential parcels, property record cards are also on file for Commercial Parcels.

The 2018 Cheboygan County Sales Study of the Commercial Class indicated a 51.89% assessment to sales to ratio. Again the State range of 49.00% to 50.00% is mandated. The study requires a 0.01% average decrease in assessed values for these parcels.

Commercial tax bills are calculated in the sames manner as the residential tax bills. It is based on Taxable Value and subject to the same restrictions on increases being ties to CPI or 5% whichever is less.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this affect my tax bill?

Your tax bill is calculated using taxable value not assessed value. Voters, in 1994, approved Proposal A which stated that your Taxable Value can only increase by the Consumers Price Index(CPI) or 5% whichever is less. For 2019 your Taxable Value can increase by .024 or 2.4% (CPI) This assumes no new construction or improvements or transfer of ownership occurred. Also the SEV may have prevented an increase in Taxable Value and/or lowered the Taxable Value because the Taxable Value cannot go higher than the SEV and an SEV adjustment downward will also lower the Taxable Value if the TV is equal to the SEV.

What is the City’s Total Taxable Value?

The 2021 taxable value of the City of Cheboygan is $110,316,375.00

Property Tax Information

Explanation for the millage rates and their use on your tax bill:

15.0000 Operating Operating Millage
1.1000 Voted Go Bond Build Addition to Police & Fire Station
1.0000 Rural Dev Bond Improvements to water system
2.6000 Ref Bond Improvements to water & sewer systems
6.0000 State Educ Tax Required Millage levied against all properties to fund education
5.7279 County Allocated Operating Millage
18.0000 School Operating Applied against all non-homestead properties to help fund schools
0.5575 School Sink Repair & construction of buildings
2.2500 School Debt Millage for building new middle school
1.7476 COPISD Operating Millage
0.3770 Library Const Library Construction
1.0959 Library Oper Operating Millage
0.5000 Senior Citizen Fund projects for Seniors
0.5000 Ambulance Ambulance Services
1.0000 County Road Streets
0.5000 CCE 911 Radio Upgrades

57.9559 mills, non-homestead
39.9559 mills, homestead