Real Estate, Environmental, and Construction

  • East Grand Rapids Residents’ PRE Reinstated and Tax Refunded

    September 9, 2018

    Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury) denied homeowners a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) on their East Grand Rapids home for tax years 2014-2016, claiming that homeowners received a similar exemption on an out-of-state condominium during the same period. This resulted in nearly $10,000 of additional property tax liabilities for the homeowners. Homeowners filed an informal appeal […]

  • Tax-Exempt Status Secured for Non-Profit Properties

    October 11, 2017

    Rhoades McKee challenged the denial by 12 municipal tax authorities of real property and personal property tax exemptions regarding a charitable organization with 23 assisted living facilities in Michigan. One of these matters (Baruch SLS v Township of Tittabawassee) was litigated before the Michigan Tax Tribunal, the Michigan Court of Appeals and ultimately the Michigan […]

  • Complex Condemnation Case

    December 10, 2015

    The state offered $144k as “just compensation” for 10-acres of vacant land owned by a highly specialized West Michigan nursery business. The property taken by the state was needed by the nursery for its continued expansion, as it was contiguous to its core facility. The state refused to recognize any impact on the nursery beyond the […]

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