"We dedicate ourselves to providing fair and accurate
assessments, to educate the taxpaying public on the procedures, laws
and components that create those assessments, and to offer service
that honors the dignity of the public. We must always keep in mind
that a citizen should exit this experience feeling satisfied with the
The Assessorís Office is responsible for the inventory
of all property within the Township, and the valuation of the taxable
parcels therein. Both real property (land and buildings), and
personal property (tangible) held by businesses are taxable.
The office operates under the requirements of what is
commonly referred to as the General Property Tax Law which was
originally P.A. 206 of 1893. Most statutes are located between
MCL 211.1 and MCL 211.157.
Assessors must be certified by the State Tax
Commission in Lansing. The State Tax Commission (STC) certifies
individuals at MCAT, MCAO, MAAO (3) and MMAO (4) based on education,
experience and examination. Level 4 is the highest rating and the most difficult to
achieve. Municipalities are required to have an assessor whose
certification is at least equivalent to the STCís standard based on
total valuation and complexity of the unit of government.
Independence Township is required to have a Level 3 assessor.
Principal Residence Affidavits and Property Transfer
Affidavits are filed at the Assessorís Office. Once received and
stamped by staff, a copy is made for the citizenís files.
Much of the Township mapping is available through the
Assessorís Office. The Geographic Information System (GIS)
developed by Oakland County with regard to Independence Township is
available at the Assessorís Office. Custom maps can be produced
for a fee.
All legal description Splits and Combinations are
initiated through the Assessorís Office. Please
for the appropriate forms to initiate a change in description.
The Assessor's Office is located at 6483 Waldon Center Drive,
Clarkston, Michigan 48346. The office number is
248-625-8114. The fax number is 248-625-2585 or
Assessing Department Staff
Kristen M Sieloff, MMAO (4), Director of Assessing
Ritchie, MAAO (3), Assistant Director of Assessing
Tony Kraft, MCAT
Heather Scharret, MCAT
Assessing Department Vehicles
The Assessing Department drives Independence Township identified vehicles and carry photo identification.
Independence Township Signature