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Edward VanderVries
(269) 720-1928

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Shila Kiander
(231) 592-0108
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JULY 18-21, 2021
Big Rapids, Michigan

From the President

*****************    April Update  *******************

Dear Members,

More than ever, property assessment administration at every level in our state is very important. While circumstances outside of our control have caused many of us to delay some of the work we would be doing at this time, there is still work to be done. Many of us are learning new technology as we are required to communicate in different ways.

It is important for equalization directors to take the lead on communication with our staff and the assessors in our counties. While this may be difficult, I would encourage you to do your best to have a staff meeting using a virtual app or email regularly to check in with them. While we don’t have answers to all of their questions, there are a couple of things that we do know. The tax calendar has not changed. We need to get our work done timely. It is up to us to make a plan and to complete the studies. Also, the continuing education requirement must be met by October 31, 2020. There are online options offered by the State Tax Commission. Hopefully social distancing will lighten up this summer and fall and we will be able to attend some classes.

The MAED Executive Board has decided to postpone the conference until July of 2021. While I am disappointed, this is what is best for our membership. The plan is for the 2021 conference to be held in Big Rapids on July 18th-21st. We will have an annual meeting this summer. We will notify the membership when the date and time has been scheduled.

A second annual Doug Stover Education Day is tentatively set for Thursday, November 5, 2020. Please watch for more information in the coming months.

I appreciate your patience as we work through all of the changes that come our way. Most of all, I want to encourage the membership to continue to do your job the best you can under these circumstances. Be the best Equalization Director for your county, the best leader for your staff and the best caregiver wherever you find yourself.

I miss seeing my colleagues and friends but appreciate technology that gives us the ability to get our work done and socially distance at the same time. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me by email ( or phone (my mobile number is 616.204.7771) 


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