Board of Review

March Board of Review

The Board of Review in the City of Royal Oak consists of six (6) residents appointed by the City Commission. The six are divided into two (2) boards that meet starting on the Tuesday following the first Monday in March of each year. The Board's purpose is to hear and decide assessment appeals, poverty exemptions, or property classification appeals.

Assessment Change Notices are mailed at least 14 days prior to the Board of Review meeting. The Notice is intended to provide the owner or person listed on the assessment roll of the property a notice of an increase in the tentative state equalized valuation or the tentative taxable value for the year.

The following is Legal Notice for the 2021 March Board of Review:

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that had not been previously identified in humans, can spread easily from person to person, and can result in serious illness or death. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, to protect the public health, and provide essential protections to vulnerable Michiganders, it is crucial that all Michiganders take steps to limit in-person contact. The critical mitigation measures include social distancing and limiting the number of people interacting at public gatherings. Conducting the March 2, 8 and 9, 2021 Royal Oak Board of Review organizational meeting and appeal hearings in person would risk the personal health or safety of members of the public and/or the board of review. Therefore, the meeting and hearings will be held electronically, in compliance with PA 228 and PA 254 of 2020 and procedures established by the Royal Oak City Commission.

IN-PERSON MEETINGS WILL BE HELD at Royal Oak City Hall, 203 South Troy Street or via electronic remote access and notice will be posted at city hall and on the city's website.

Members of the public can participate in the meeting on Zoom Webinar using meeting ID: 832 9688 1432 and passcode: 596324
     •   Online:

     •   iPhone: 13126266799
     •   Phone: 13126266799

An Organizational Meeting will be convened on March 2, 2021 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Appeal Sessions will follow on March 8, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
On March 9, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

BOARD OF REVIEW IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Any person wishing to appear before the Board of Review must make an appointment before 4:30 pm on March 8, 2021 by contacting the Assessor's Office at (248) 246-3110. Non-resident property owners may appeal by mail received no later than March 8, 2021. An agent representing a taxpayer shall present written authorization to the Board of Review at the time of his/her appointment. A property owner or agent representing a taxpayer must provide articles of organization for a limited liability company to prove ownership.

The tentative 2021 equalization factors for each class of property are as follows:
Residential: 1.0000, Commercial: 1.0000, Industrial: 1.0000, Personal: 1.0000

James M. Geiermann
City Assessor