5095 4th Street
Eagle River, Michigan 49950


Houghton Township
Houghton Township was founded in 1843 as one of the earliest settlements in the Keweenaw Peninsula. As of the 2000 census, Houghton Township had 126 residents. The township is primarily a residential and resort community known for beautiful beaches and magnificent sunsets. Township offices are located in Eagle River.

Please see their Web site link below for further information.

Township Board:

Mel Jones, Supervisor
Carol Jones, Clerk
Mary Long, Treasurer
Kathy McEvers, Trustee
Jack Treganowan, Trustee

Township Office:
906-337-1970 [Phone]
906-337-1970 [FAX] [e-mail]

Board Meetings:
Third Monday of every month at 7:00 P.M. Houghton Township Hall

Township Assessor:
Mark Bonenfant -- MCAO

5059 Fourth Street
Eagle River MI 49950
906-370-1729 [Cell Phone] [e-mail]

Homeowners Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit - Form #2368:
Form and instructions available at

Request to Rescind/Withdraw a Homestead Exemption Form # 2602
Form and instructions available at

Houghton Township Board Of Review:

Mel Jones, Chairman
Mike Dudenas, Member
Carol Treganowan, Member

The Board of Review reviews the assessment roll received from the Assessor to check to see it is complete, accurate, uniform and valid. The Board conducts public hearings annually in March to hear appeals from property owners. The type of appeals the Board has authority to hear are for classification, tax exempt or non-exempt status, equity (all properties to be assessed at 50 percent of True Cash Value), hardship and valuation. The majority of appeals are for valuation. The Board of Review has no control over millage rates or property taxes.

Protest at the Board of Review is necessary to protect your right to further appeals to the Michigan Tax Tribunal for valuation and exemption appeals and/or State Tax Commission for classification appeals. The deadline to appeal for Residential is July 31. Only assessments reviewed by the Board of Review can be appealed to the Michigan Tax Tribunal and State Tax Commission.

Appeal Documentation
Residents who appeal their value should provide documentation to support why their assessment is too high. Provide documentation of comparable houses in your neighborhood that sold at lower prices than your appraised value, or provide a recent appraisal reflecting the fair market value of your home. . A "Petition to the Board of Review" will be completed by the Board of Review listing the decision made and given to the Assessor for adjustment.

Petition to Board of Review, form # L-4035, is available for review at

Eagle River Water District:

Mel Jones, District Manager



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