Organized to improve the standards of assessment practice; to provide a clearing house for the collection and distribution of useful information relative to assessment practice; and to promote justice and equality in the distribution of the tax burden.


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MAA President's Message

January/February Message

Happy New Year! As we come off an unexpected year that had everyone learning a different way to do our jobs, as well as our lives, and start this year without much change, there is some optimism as the vaccines start being administered. As an association, we had to react to these changes in the way we presented education to our members.  I would like to say a huge thank you to Beth Botke, Sandy Birkenshaw and Debra Ring.  These women led our education with such dedication and passion and they were able to change the direction of our education by holding virtual classes, without hesitation. Also a thank you to John Dahlquist for handling a difficult year as president of our great association with a calm and dignity.

As we start this New Year, MAA wants to switch the direction we have been going over the years. The Board of Directors would like to do more for the membership, besides just being known for education.  The association will be moving away from the monthly magazine and moving towards a more web based format.  Members will be able to start finding the board minutes, STC bulletins, as well as other resources and important information on our website or through emails to our membership.  Due to restrictions continuing to be in place regarding in person learning, MAA education would like to team up with smaller associations across the state to help with education. This will help give education that is beneficial to these organizations instead of just what is available. 

We will also be sending out instructions for the message board that can be found on our website.  This is an area where members can post questions or concerns to the board and membership, hoping to receive clarity. A board member will respond. 

Lastly, for those who do not know me, I am currently the assessor for the City of Flint.  I have been in the assessing field since I could hold a tape measure.  I swore I never would do this for a profession, even as my mom kept telling me I would be great.  I tried everything not too.  I did received a Master in Public Administration from the University of Michigan since I have always had an interest in government.  Moreover, after I started working in an office, independent of my mom, I found a great love for this profession and the members in it.  The lesson, sometimes you should listen to your parents because they know what is best. 

All my best,
Stacey Kaake, President

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Bulletin 3 of 2021 - Poverty Exemption, Taxpayer Fact Sheet and Reminders

Department of Treasury/STC

The State Tax Commission at their meeting on February 9, 2021 approved Bulletin 3 of 2021 regarding poverty exemptions under MCL 211.7u. This Bulletin addresses the changes to the law by Public Act 253 of 2020.

It is important that assessors, local unit officials, and taxpayers understand the requirements for claiming the poverty exemption under the changes to the law. A taxpayer must file the following with the local unit of government to apply for the poverty exemption for 2021:

  1. Form 5737 Application for MCL 211.7u Poverty Exemption
  2. Form 5739 Affirmation of Ownership and Occupancy to Remain Exempt by Reason of Poverty. All required additional documentation (such as federal/state income tax returns) Taxpayers not required to file federal/state income tax returns would instead submit
  3. Form 4988 Poverty Exemption Affidavit
The State Tax Commission is providing the attached MCL 211.7u Poverty Exemption Taxpayer Fact Sheet to assist with explaining the filing requirements to taxpayers.

Lastly, local units are reminded that, by resolution, they can carry a poverty exemption forward that was granted in 2019 or 2020 for the 2021 tax year, without an application or protest to the Board of Review. Local units must adopt a resolution by February 15, 2021 to carry the exemption forward for the 2021 tax year. (See MCL211.7u(8))

Bulletin 3 of 2021 and the Taxpayer Fact Sheet are attached and will be made available on the State Tax Commission’s website at Also attached are Forms 5737, 5739 and 4988.



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Manhattan, Kansas
785-537-6310 ext.5012 

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