Lakeshore homeowner wins PRE tax claim

Scott Sullivan
The court found the tribunal magistrate’s decision “was not based on ‘substantial’ evidence, particularly in light of the voluminous evidence submitted by petitioner,” noted township assessor Sherry Mason offered “absolutely no evidence” in support of the position that Nass’ home was not her primary residence, and concluded denying the PRE “constituted an ‘error of law.’” It ordered the township grant Nass the exemption for each year in dispute. The ruling will cut her $17,000 winter tax bills by about $9,000 yearly.

The Michigan appeals court has overturned Saugatuck Township’s denial of a principal residence exemption to a lakefront homeowner.

The court ruled April 30 assessor Sherry Mason’s 2012 determination that Jennie Nass’s home at 2614 Lakeshore Drive was not her principal residence was erroneous.

The three-bedroom home, which has 100 feet of Lake Michigan frontage, has a $495,200 value, township records show.

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