The Assessing Department
525 E. Superior St.
Alma, MI 48801
While appointments are not required they are highly recommended.
Michigan law requires the Assessor to annually value all taxable property at 50% of market value. Taxable properties include homes, factories, commercial properties, farms and vacant land. It also includes personal property for commercial and industrial businesses.
The Assessing department also keeps records on ownership, addresses, homestead exemptions, sales, and land and building details for approximately 2,000 properties located within the City. View our Property Data, Assessing & Tax Information
- Transfer of Ownership (1)
- Personal Property Information (6)
- PRE Affidavit Forms (4)
- Tax Relief (1)
Transfers of Ownership
Any time a transfer of ownership takes place on a property, the buyer or grantee (person receiving the property) is required by Michigan State Law to file a Property Transfer Affidavit with our Assessor's Office within 45 days of the transfer. Please send or drop off this form to Assessor, 300 N Mill Street, St. Louis, MI 48880.
Property Site Visits
(April 15-December 31)
The Assessor's Office makes several property visits throughout the year. Most notably, the Assessor and/or staff visits all of the sites that have been issued a building permit throughout the year by the City's Building Inspector. In addition, property-by-property reviews are conducted of the entire City, with field staff visiting roughly 20% of the parcels in the City each year. While completing property site visits, Field Staff will have business cards and official city identification. Frequently Asked Questions about Property Inspections.
Personal Property Information
If you own a business you are subject to personal property tax on the property used in your business (machines, furniture and fixtures, etc.)
Report all property used in business effort using form 632. If you think you qualify for a small business exemption under MCL 211.9o, use form 5076. For additional information about exemptions, see the City's Personal Property Tax Exemption Letter.
Tax Relief Application
Assessing Property Inspections
The City of St. Louis is conducting an inspection of all its properties. This inspection will assure fair and equitable assessment of each parcel, accurate assessing records, and will endure compliance with the State of Michigan assessment standards.