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Assessor's Office

Assessor: Linda L. Schadler MAAO(3), MCPPE
(269) 471-2824
(269) 471-2826 fax

The Assessor is in the office during regular business hours of 8:30 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The Assessor determines the valuations and holds the property record cards for Oronoko Charter Township and most properties located within the Village of Berrien Springs (west of the St Joseph River).

The Assessor has the responsibility to value all legally assessable property in a uniform, fair, and impartial manner in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan. All taxable property is assessed as of tax day, which is December 31. 

Property assessments are determined through sales studies analyzed over a two year time frame. For 2019 assessments we used all arms-length sales that occurred 4/1/2016 to 3/31/2018.

Assessment Notices are mailed to taxpayers each February. PLEASE READ YOUR ASSESSMENT NOTICE. This notice contains important information regarding the new values that have been determined for the current tax year. If you disagree with your valuations, contact the Assessor. A protest to the March Board of Review may be necessary to correct these valuations if errors have been found. Do not wait until you get your tax bill in July or December to protest the valuation because it will be too late.

Feel free to contact the Assessor if you need more information on:
Property record cards
Historical assessment data
Principal Residence Exemption
Property Transfers
Qualified Agricultural Exemption
Business Personal Property and EMPP
Land Division/Combinations
Veteran's Exemption/Hardship Exemption
Real property Exemptions

Please do not hesitate to contact the Assessor anytime you have questions, concerns, or if you just want more information.The Assessor is here to help you!

The difference between Assessed Values & Taxable Values 
  • Your taxes are based on your Taxable Value
  • Taxable Value  was created by the passing of Proposal A in 1994 as a way to control increasing property taxes in changing markets. Prior to Proposal A, property taxes were levied on your assessed value
  • Your Assessed Value represents approximately 50% of True Cash Value and is determined through analyzing sales studies
  • Your Taxable Value can never exceed your Assessed Value
  • Each year, your Taxable Value can only increase at the rate of inflation or 5%, whichever is lower, UNLESS there is a physical change to your property or a transfer of ownership has occurred
  • The annual changes in your Assessed Value are based on studies and sales of property in similar neighborhood
  • A Notice of Assessment is mailed each February which informs property owners of their Assessed and Taxable Values for the coming tax year. This is done to give property owners the opportunity to dispute their assessment at the March Board of Review if they feel the valuation is not correct.
There are various reasons that your assessed and taxable values can increase. The assessed value represents approximately 50% of the fair market value of the property and has no limit in which is can increase or decrease. Some of the reasons that an assessed value can increase is because of improvements made to the property and general market increases. Conversely, assessed values can decrease due to removal/changes to improvements as well as general market decreases.
Taxable values cannot drastically increase or decrease because they are capped at the rate of inflation or 5%, whichever is less, unless there are physical changes made to the property. 

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