Lodi Township

Lodi Township is located in Washtenaw County, Michigan, just southwest of Ann Arbor. Established in 1834, three years before Michigan became a state, it was named after the Town of Lodi near New York State’s Finger Lakes.

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Members

Chair:              Vance Shutes*
                        vshutes@comcast.net
Vice Chair:      Jane Chronis*
                         chronis@att.net
Member:          Fred Kiener*
                         hkiener1@netscape.net January 2019

*Reappointment January 2019

Purpose of the Board of Review:

All non-exempt property must be assessed at 50 percent of true cash value and uniformly assessed with other property in the classification. The purpose of the board of review is to ascertain that this has been accomplished. A taxpayer may appeal his or her assessed value and/or taxable value. No person can appeal his or her assessment to the tax tribunal unless he or she has first appeared before the board of review.

The board of review consists of three members appointed by the township board for a two-year term that begins on January 1 of each odd-numbered year. Townships may appoint six- or nine-member boards of review to hear appeals in subcommittees composed of three members each. Two members of a subcommittee constitute a quorum. The assessment roll, however, must be endorsed by a majority of the entire board.

Each member must take the constitutional oath of office, administered by the clerk, within 10 days after appointment. Board of review members must be qualified electors, land owners and tax payers. No member of the school board or township board nor a spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, son or daughter, including an adopted child, of the assessor may serve on the board of review.

The township supervisor serves as board of review secretary and is statutorily responsible for the board of review minutes, but does not vote, except on poverty exemptions. In the absence of the supervisor, the board must appoint one of its members as secretary. The board of review’s minutes should provide an accurate account of what occurred at the meetings, including all assessment roll changes. The minutes must be filed with the township clerk together with any statements made by persons assessed. The State Tax Commision may prescribe the form of the record.

The board of review meets on the Tuesday following the first Monday in March to review and examine the property assessment roll made by the assessor–this meeting is often referred to as the organizational meeting. The board of review is not required to hear individual assessment appeals at its organizational meeting. However, the Open Meetings Act requires that citizens be given an opportunity for public comment at any open meeting of a public body. The board of review is governed by the Open Meetings Act and must allow for a public comment period. The board can establish reasonable rules for the public comment period, including limiting the amount of time an individual may speak and the time on the agenda when public comment will be permitted. Any established rules or procedures should be posted where the board of review meetings will be held and additional copies should be available for individuals attending the meetings.

Notice of the board of review’s meeting time, date and place must be published at least one week prior to the meeting in a newspaper of general circulation within the township. The notice must appear in three successive issues of the newspaper; if none is available, the notice must be posted in five conspicuous township places.

The board of review has the authority to do the following:

  • Change the assessed value of a parcel.
  • Change the tentative taxable value.
  • Change the classification.
  • Grant or deny a hardship or poverty exemption.
  • Change qualified agricultural property
  • Grant exempt status for non-profit organizations or certain religious or charitable properties.
  • Override the decision of the assessor on a principal residence exemption.
  • Change clerical errors, mutual mistakes of fact and items such as addresses, descriptions or name misspellings on the assessment roll at itrs July and December meetings.

The board of review must also meet on the second Monday in March from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for not less than six hours to hear taxpayer appeals. It shall also meet for not less than six hours during the remainder of that week. Those appearing to file an appeal at a scheduled meeting or appointment shall be given an opportunity to be heard by the board.

The board must hold at least three hours of its required sessions during the week of the second Monday in March after 6 p.m. The board shall meet a total of at least 12 hours during the week beginning the second Monday in March to hear appeals. It must make such changes on the assessment roll as will make the valuation of property relatively just and equal. It may examine on oath any person appearing before it. A non-resident taxpayer may file an appearance or appeal by letter. If the township board chooses, they may pass a resolution or ordinance to also permit resident taxpayers to file an appeal to the board of review in writing, thus waiving the requirement of a personal appearance. Taxpayers must be notified by mail or in the published notice of such right to appear by letter.

The board of review must schedule a final meeting after it makes any change in the assessment of property or adds property to the roll. Every person who makes an appeal shall be notified in writing by the board not later than the first Monday in June of the board’s action on the appeal. This notice must include information concerning the right to further appeal to the Michigan Tax Tribunal, the time limits for such appeal and the tribunal’s address. A majority of the board must endorse the roll and sign a statement to the effect of its approval of the roll as amended. The completed roll must be delivered by the supervisor or assessor to the county equalization director not later than the 10th day after the board of review’s adjournment or the Wednesday following the first Monday in April, whichever date first occurs.

The board of review may also meet on the Tuesday following the second Monday in December, and on the Tuesday after the third Monday in July to review and correct any clerical errors or mutual mistakes of fact on assessments where such errors or mistakes are certified by the township supervisor or assessor. The mistakes can involve the current or preceding tax year. Public Act 74 of 1995 also allows the July or December board of review to grant a principal residence or agricultural exemption in the year for which the exemption was claimed or the immediate succeeding year.

The board may also grant poverty or hardship exemptions to qualified individuals under federal and township guidelines, including deviations from those guidelines for substantial and compelling reasons. A poverty exemption appeal may be heard at the July or December board of review, but only for the year in which the appeal is made.

Information based from Authorities & Responsibilities of Michigan Township Officials, Boards and Commissions. 2000 Revised edition. Author John H. Bauckham.

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Important Announcements

Planning Commission Zoning Ordinance Committee Meeting

The Planning Commission Zoning Ordinance Committee will meet at the Township Hall on Wednesday August 8, 2018, at 2:00 PM. The Committee will review the Planning consultant’s revisions to Article 54 of the draft Zoning Ordinance.

Zeeb Road Paving

The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) is excited to announce an additional project tentatively planned during the 2018/2019 construction season on Zeeb Road in Lodi Township. More details.

Saline Area Burn Permits

The Saline Area Fire Department requests that residents in York Township, Saline Township and Lodi Township serviced by this department call the department at 429-4440 and follow the prompts for a Burn Permit if you intend to burn. There is no fee for the permit. By reporting this to the Saline Area Fire Department, it MAY prevent an unnecessary fire run and cost to you.

News & Events

Road Work Advisory - Ann Arbor-Saline Road 

August 7, 2018 Primary Election

The August 7, 2018 Primary Election will be held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds located at 5055 Pleasant Lake Road, Ann Arbor, 48103.  Voting hours are 7am-8pm.  Please remember to bring your ID.  Questions, please contact the office at 734.665.7583.  The office is open until 4pm on Monday for Absentee Voting, ballots cannot leave the office today.

From the Sheriffs's Office: Identity Fraud / Mail Theft Incidents

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s office has issued the following warning: The information below explains the warning and provides actions you can take to protect your family and yourself. Residents in Scio and Lodi Township neighborhoods have been the victims of identity fraud and mail theft incidents. The neighborhoods that have been hit in Scio thus far are High Hollow, Sandy Creek, Malena, Trillium Crossing and Greenook in Loch Alpine. All of the incidents that have occurred are within neighborhoods where the mailboxes are grouped together. Most of those neighborhoods have open mailboxes - where anyone could go through them. Personal information was obtained from all of the victim’s. Social security numbers were obtained to apply for several different credit cards online. Most of the credit cards applied for were through Fidelity. Others applied for were Ally, Elan, Capitol One, American Express and Fifth Third. The cards were then mailed to the victim’s residence. Some of the victim’s received the cards prior to the suspect’s taking them from their mailbox and others the suspects were able to retrieve the new cards prior to the victim’s having any knowledge of the accounts being opened. The suspects were then using the new credit cards at various Best Buy’s and Walmart’s throughout the state to make purchases of Apple watches, IPads and gift cards. A majority of the victim’s found out that their residence had been signed up for Informed Delivery through the US Postal Service. This is a program that every home can be registered for (only one occupant of the home can register). You will receive a daily email from the Post Office with photographs of the mail you will be receiving that day. The suspects were signing the victim’s residence up for Informed Delivery and receiving the email notifications showing when the newly obtained credit cards would be arriving. The suspects would then retrieve the mail from the mailboxes the day the credit cards were being delivered. You can sign up for Informed Delivery at this website: https://informeddelivery.usps.com/box/pages/intro/start.action Some important points to consider. Sign yourself up for one of the credit apps; Credit Sesame, Credit Karma, etc., to monitor any activity on your credit account. These are apps you can install on your smart phone and check daily. You can see if there have been any hard inquiries on your credit for openings of new accounts. Put a flag on your account to be notified prior to any new accounts being opened. If you’ve been a victim of an identity theft or fraud, get a copy of the police report and send it to one of the three credit bureaus to have 7 year fraud protection which will not allow any new accounts to be opened without being contacted first. If you find that someone obtained a fraudulent credit card in your name here are some important things to do and/ask:

  • Cancel the card immediately
  • Ask if the card has been used. If it’s been used find out date/time, store location, amounts, items purchased
  • How was the credit card opened (online?)
  • IP address used to apply for the credit card
  • Time of the IP address submission

Video or Cable Television Issues?

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is responsible for the implementation and oversight of Public Act 480 of 2006. Section 10 of the Act provides a video/cable dispute resolution process at the MPSC to be used by customers, providers and franchise entities. This dispute resolution process allows customers who are unable to resolve their video/cable television complaints with their provider to file a complaint with MPSC. The video/cable web page can be found here. The webpage includes information such as the complaint process, the Act, a current listing of active video/cable providers in Michigan, information for franchise entities, as well as other important information.

NEW!  Washtenaw County Fix It Program

The Washtenaw County Road Commission has launched “WCRC Fix It” an online platform that allows residents to report non-emergency issues online and via a mobile app available in the Apple iTunes & Google Play stores. The WCRC Fix It platform is to be used for non-emergency road issues. WCRC will check and respond to service requests submitted via WCRC Fix It during business hours. If you need to report an emergency or potentially hazardous road issue, we encourage them to call the Road Commission immediately at (734) 761-1500.