Spring Lake Township
101 S. Buchanan St.
Spring Lake, MI 49456
Assessing DepartmentPhone Number: 616.844.2108
Fax Number: 616.844.2114
Heather Singleton, Assessor
Denise North, Assistant Assessor
Open Monday-Friday, except holidays.
Hours: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Assessing Information (from BS&A)
Assessing information, including year built and square footage, is now available online. A fee of $2 will be charged for this information unless you are looking up your own property. If it is your property, you will still need to register, but the information is free.
Tax Information (from BS&A)
Current year tax information is available online. There may be a charge for this service.
Property Tax Estimator
The State of Michigan has a property tax estimation calculator available.
Ottawa County Equalization/Apportionment Report
Presents an analysis of tax levies in Ottawa County.
How to Read Your Assessment Notice
Personal Property Filers:
Anyone doing business in Spring Lake Township and the Village is required to file annually the Personal Property Statement. The due date is February 1, 2016. If the form was not completed by this date please file what you have and file an amended form when it is completed. Changes in the application of the property tax law have taken the privilege away for the governing units to correct late-filed statements. ***All forms estimated by the Assessing Department are AS IS and cannot be corrected.
Personal Property Exemption - EEMP and Small Taxpayer
Affidavit to Claim Small Business Tax Exemption - Must Be Received by February 10, 2016. No Extensions.
Idle Equipment Report
Eligible Manufacturing Personal Property Statement Form 5278
Eligible Manufacturing Personal Property Affidavit to Rescind Exemption Form 5277
"Following sales," the practice of assessing properties which have recently sold significantly differently from properties which have not recently sold, is unconstitutional and illegal. An assessor cannot use the fact that a parcel has sold to trigger a review of the parcel. See this memo from the State Tax Commission for more information.
Principal Residence Exemption Information
Conditional Rescission of Principal Residence Exemption (PRE)
Michigan law allows a property owner to receive the PRE on his or her current property and on a previously exempted property simultaneously if the previous principal residence
- is not occupied
- is for sale
- is not leased
- is not used for any business or commercial purpose.
The PRE on the previous principal residence can be claimed for up to three years. Form 4640 must be submitted each year. Form 4640 must be received by the Assessor's Office no later than December 31, 2015. Existing Conditional Rescission forms can continue to be submitted for a total of three years.
Reminder: Hardship exemption forms are due December 8, 2015 (Board of Review meeting date). Hardship exemption forms must be returned no later than March 11, July 21 and December 8, 2015.
Disabled veterans who wish to apply for an exemption of property taxes must file annually. Required information includes your DD214, VA papers stating that you are 100% disabled, and the State of Michigan Disabled Veterans form. If you have questions, contact the Assessing office.
Spring Lake is the 4th largest Township in Ottawa County by assessed value, comprising of approximately 7.15% of the total County value. The largest is Georgetown Township with approximately 14.48% and the smallest is Chester Township with approximately 0.83%.
Major Class of Property Comparison from the Ottawa County 2013 Equalization Report:
Ottawa County’s web site is a great resource for property information. Begin by clicking on Public Users "Begin Search," then enter either the address, parcel number or owner name. Available information for each parcel includes assessed value, sales history, split history, GIS map and a tax search. Both township and village taxes are included. Some of these options have a charge associated with them, payable by credit card to Ottawa County.