City of Ionia

City Assessor

Randy Jewell, Assessor, City of Ionia. Phone (616) 523-0146

Meet Our Assessor

Randy Jewell, Assessor, City of IoniaRandy Jewell serves the City of Ionia as a contractual assessor. Randy was born and raised in Charlotte, Michigan.

Randy attended Lansing Community College as well as other various educational classes relating to the field of assessing and appraising. He is currently a level 3 certified assessor. Randy is also a former certified appraiser and has worked for lending institutions and attorneys.

Assessor's Office Hours:
Wednesday and Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Phone (616) 523-0146
Fax (616) 527-0810

Assessing Facts

1) The Assessed Value is one-half of the Assessors estimates of the market value of your property. This number does not affect your tax bill. This value may change by any amount each year.

2) Taxable Value is the number that your property taxes are based on. This number is limited to an increase of 5% or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. New construction, or a sale in the previous year, may change the taxable value by more than current limit of 5% or the rate of inflation.

3) Sheds, decks, concrete, asphalt paving, pools, etc are taxable items. There has been a misconception that if something is not attached to your home it is not taxable. If it adds value to the real estate, it is taxable.

4) The sales used to determine the value of property does not include the price the bank pays for a property in a foreclosure situation. Sales from the bank to an individual are not used. Family sales are not used. Only sales that is considered an Arms Length transaction are used. These would typically be sales between individuals each of whom is willing to buy or sell, and neither is under any undue influence to buy or sell. Only properties that sell are part of the analysis. Properties that have not sold have no bearing on determining value.

5) For information regarding the appeal process to the Board of Review, please see the link titled “Board of Review”.

6) If the Assessor discovers that there are items on your property that have not been accounted for, you may be reassessed for the value of those items and additional taxes may be charged back as far as 3 years.

7) Since “Proposal A” was voted in, in 1994, you cannot compare tax bills with your neighbors and expect them to be similar. Property taxes are now subject to many different factors and identical homes could have very different tax amounts.

8) A new buyer is likely to pay more taxes than the previous owner. In some cases much more. This is due to the uncapping of the taxable value the year following the sale. This means after the sale takes place, the taxable value will not be limited to an increase by the rate of inflation. It will automatically increase to whatever the Assessed value is for that year. From that point on the taxable value is again capped at the rate of inflation for as long as that person continues to be the owner. (Exceptions to that would be new construction, or demolition, or an adjustment due to an appeal of some type.)

9) The Assessor cannot change your taxes! The Assessor deals only with the value of property. Taxes are voted, and there is no authority for anyone to change a tax rate. Anyone who files an appeal with the Board of Review or the Michigan Tax Tribunal will be appealing the Value, not the amount of taxes.

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Assessor Documents and Links

Download Document:
Assessing Facts (PDF)

View Assessing and Property Tax Information

Visit the pages for the City of Ionia. When viewing the property tax information there, you will also have the option to pay amounts due if you desire. Please note: If you choose to pay property taxes by credit card, a 3% convenience fee is charged to the transaction when paying online or in person at City Hall.

Pay Taxes and Other Municipal Bills Online

Visit the City of Ionia Online Bill Payment page.

Poverty Exemption

State statute provides for a property tax exemption, in whole or part, for the principal residence of persons who, by reason of poverty, are unable to contribute to the public charges. In order to receive a poverty exemption, a taxpayer must annually file a completed application form, and all required additional documentation, with the City Assessor for review by the Board of Review. For more information visit the State of Michigan's website here.

City Calendar

City of Ionia City Calendar

114 North Kidd Street Map
Post Office Box 496
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Phone 616-527-4170

Fax 616-527-0810

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00a - 4:00p
(Holiday exception)


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tune to WION AM 1430/FM 92.7
or read the Ionia Sentinel-Standard