The Assessor determines the value of all real and personal property in the City every year. The assessments may change based on factors such as an addition to a structure, damage by fire, etc. Additionally, the Assessor's Office maintains property descriptions and maps for taxing purposes. Property owners are responsible for reporting any changes that would affect values. By state law, all property is required to be assessed at 50% of the true cash value as of December 31st. Tax bills are determined by multiplying your taxable value (not assessed value) by the local millage rates and are affected by millage increases approved by the voters and the decisions of various taxing jurisdictions.
Property Online Assessment Information
Residents can access their property information online. Information about taxable value, property taxes owed, a map of the property, and legal description of the property are some of the information available online.
Disclaimer: The information contained herein reflects the information contained in the City's database as of its last update. The City of Westland does not make any representations as to the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of this information, and shall not be liable for any loss caused by reliance upon it. We advise that portions of it may be incorrect or not current. Errors or omissions shall not affect actual taxes or special assessments that are due and payable. Reliance upon any information obtained from this system is done at your own risk.
Tax Maps are now available online. To get an accurate search please enter parcel numbers and addresses. Use the format, ### ## #### ### (spaces included) to search for parcel number and just the number portion of the address should be entered for address searches. It will allow you to choose the correct street if more than one address with that number exists.
The Assessor gathers all relevant community information including:
- Construction Costs
- Interest Rates
- Operating Expenses
- Real Estate Sales
- Rental Incomes
- Other Factors
Three approaches are used to determine value:
- Sales Comparison Approach - Recent sale prices of comparable properties are analyzed to get a true picture of value. The Assessor considers overpricing or underpricing to arrive at a fair evaluation of your property.
- Cost Approach - With this method, the Assessor bases value on how much money it would take, at current material and labor costs, to replace your property with one just like it. A determination is made for depreciation, normal wear and tear, and other factors.
- Income Approach - This is used for rental property and measures value based on its ability to generate net income.