FLINT TWP. — Bill Fowler was unanimously approved by the township board last week to become its level four assessor, replacing Amede Hungerford who retired after many years in the job.
Fowler formerly served as the Genesee County Equalization Director and as the assessor for the cities of Flint and Lansing.
Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said that the township must have a level four assesor to sign the tax rolls.
Fowler was offered a contract set to begin Sept. 4. After discussion, the board decided to leave the ending date open because the contract language specifies that it can be terminated without cause by either party with 30 days notice.
The contract also stated that his duties are not to exceed 20 hours per week. The township assessor is responsible for identifying and valuing all taxable real and personal property in the township and to annually produce the real and personal property assessment rolls, the specific assessment roll, and the property tax rolls in accordance with Michigan’s General Property Tax Laws.
In a related matter, the township board also approved 5-2 a service agreement for part-time work with Mark MacDermaid of Landmark Appraisal, who has handled commercial appraisals for the township since the 1970s. He had submitted a letter of resignation but reconsidered because of the personnel transition in the assessment departments. Miller said MacDermaid was being asked back to assist Fowler during the transition.
Trustee Barb Vert commented that there were two long-time employees in the assessment office that should be able to assist Fowler in assuming the reins.
Miller said that the township was dealing with nearly 100 tax appeals this year that MacDermaid will assist with.
Vert and trustee Belenda Parker voted against the Landmark service agreement.