LANSING, Mich., March 11, 2024 — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 4979 into law today, which introduces a flexible system for property assessments at the county level. Counties can now, instead of appointing a costly designated assessor, arrange for a shared agreement approved by the county board. Giving more freedom in choosing how to assess property will help counties, particularly smaller and rural ones, better manage resources and provide fair and equitable property assessments. After the signing, bill sponsor state Rep. Jenn Hill (D-Marquette) released the following statement: 

“Counties across our state — including some in the U.P. — have a hard time keeping these assessor positions filled. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, this new law will let counties opt in to having an assessor appointed if they are having trouble getting the work done. We are easing a significant burden on local governments and saving taxpayer dollars.”