Charlevoix to appeal COA decision that prevented reassessment of property taxes after joint owner died

Earlier this month, we posted a story about Charlevoix trying to raise the property taxes on a jointly owned tract of land after one of the joint owners died. The Court of Appeals held that there was no conveyance of the land after James Klooster’s death because of the joint ownership.

Charlevoix now wants to appeal to the decision to the Michigan Supreme Court. From the AP:

CHARLEVOIX, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan city is asking the state Supreme Court to take a property tax case that is getting the attention of many other communities.

In December, the Michigan Court of Appeals said it was illegal for Charlevoix to raise the taxable value of a house after the death of a co-owner.

The court said the value could not be uncapped because there was no new transfer of ownership. Charlevoix’s lawyer, Bryan Graham, claims a loophole has been created. Assessors elsewhere are upset, too.

Charlevoix is appealing to the Michigan Supreme Court, and the State Tax Commission will help by paying $10,000 in legal fees.

Nathan Klooster’s (KLOW’-ster’s) mother and disabled sister live in the modest home. He was a joint tenant on the deed when his father died in 2005.