Gaines Charter Township Assessing Department



Assessing Department Business Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:30AM - 5:00PM


2021 Property reviews to begin!
Property questionnaire- please complete*

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Please click here for an important notice to persons holding personal property in Gaines Charter Township

Please click here for 2021 Assessment Information.

The Assessing Department is responsible for the inventory of all property within Gaines Charter Township, and the valuation of all the Township's taxable property. They maintain records of current ownership, assessed and taxable values, property characteristics and market data.  The Assessing Department follows the requirements of the General Property Tax Law of the State of Michigan.

In addition, the Assessor is responsible for ensuring that every resident who qualifies, receives a Principal Residence (Homestead) Exemption.  Property transfers  are also reviewed to determine whether or not a transferred property should be uncapped.


The staff of Gaines Charter Township's Assessing Department is well educated, experienced and happy to be of service. Staff name, title, and contact information is listed below for your convenience. All phone calls and email inquiries will be responded to within 48 hours.  You do not need an appointment to meet with the Assessor.

Megan VanHoose
616-698-6640 Ext. 129
Cell: 616-894-2866

Jim Zenas
   Assistant Assessor
616-209-4509 0 Ext. 115

Karen Gehrls
   Assessing Technician
616-698-6640 Ext. 118

Tax & Property Information


We have provided a link to BS&A software so that you can look up information pertaining to real property, special assessments, tax payments (current and history), water and sewer  accounts, and building permits. Please click  here to be redirected to the BS&A website.  

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Did You Know?

Taxable Value, assessment, Principal Residence Exemptions; the assessing system is quite complex.  We've compiled a list of quick facts to help you understand the assessing system.  If you don't see the information you need, feel free to stop in or call us.

  • Annual changes of assessment are based on sales in the neighborhood.  There are over 19 neighborhoods in Gaines Charter Township.  Your neighborhood rarely consists of just the homes on your street.
  • Discovery of new value on thhe property and uncapping's due to a transfer of ownership will adjust the taxable value beyond the CPI.
  • Your taxable value can never exceed your assessed value.
  • Principal Residence Exemptions that are in effect January 1st each year, stay in effect for the calendar year.
  • The June 1st and November 1st filing deadlines for Principal Residence Exemptions applies to new applications only.  You do not need to reapply each year.
  • A property Transfer Affidavit must be filed whenever real estate is transferred.
  • The Assessor is not permitted by State Law to set your new assessment at one half of your purchase price.
  • It is your responsibility as a taxpayer, to review your property record card periodically to be sure you agree with all the information that is currently on record.
  • The Assessing Department staff is available Monday thru Friday from 8:30AM - 5:00PM.  
  • Our public records are open for inspection during normal business hours.
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Applications and Forms

Kent County Register of Deeds

Parcel Mapper 


Aerial photos, bus, road and other information is now available to residents through the
REGIS Public Internet Mapping System, an agency of the Grand Valley Metro Council.
Click on the logo below for details:
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Please click here to access a Gaines Charter Township parcel finder map.

State of Michigan Forms

Most application forms and permits are in PDF Format  gr smallpdf  and require the FREE Adobe® Acrobat® Reader available from the Adobe website.
Gaines Charter Township maintains this web-site to enhance public access to information. Content is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as certified, unless so stated.