Alpena County Courthouse

Alpena County Equalization
720 W. Chisholm Street Suite 5
Alpena, MI 49707
P: 989.354-9560 F: 989.354.9647
E: equalizationoffice@alpenacounty.org
Office Hours: Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm


Equalization Director: Ted Somers
Appraiser: Eric Szymanski
Legal Secretary: Jeanne Graichen


The Director oversees the operation and manages the staff. One appraiser is responsible for doing appraisals used in the equalization study. This includes everything from initial sales data research to the actual field inspection and interview of the property owner. The Legal Secretary is responsible for examining all deeds for name changes or property splits. They also assist the director when needed. They also handle all the clerical work required in the office. This includes filing, typing of forms, computer data entry and phone calls. The whole staff shares in the task of handling phone inquiries and problem solving for property owners and real estate agencies.

The Equalization Department has other duties, aside from equalization, related to the assessment function. These include maintaining current names and addresses of property owners in Alpena County, performing property splits on the assessment roll as deeds come through, maintaining tax maps and printing tax bills, assessment rolls and assessment change notices for the eight townships and one city in Alpena County. Other duties are helping property owners and real estate sales people with questions concerning property lines and property values, and assisting the local township assessors with laws and procedures in the assessment function.

If you are looking for GIS assessment rolls, county maps, summer/ winter taxes, please call 989.354.9560


State law requires that each year the County Board of Commissioners shall meet in April to determine the equalized value of the County. The Equalization Department was formed to assist the County Board with this task. Each year random samples of appraisals are compared with the actual assessments of those properties. State law requires that all property be assessed at 50% of market value. If the equalization department’s study shows a certain class of property to be assessed below 49% of market value or above 50% of market value, a factor will be applied to the assessments to bring the total value of the class to 50% of market value.


Publications & Forms

2019 Alpena Assessor Contact Information
Address Change Request Form
Alpena County Equalization Department Fee Schedule
Disabled Veterans Exemption Information
Mathew Gast – Request for Non-consideration of True Cash Value of Normal Repair, Replacement, and Maintenance Expenditures
(PRE) Principle Residence/Qualified Agricultural/Qualified Forest Forms
Property Transfers Personal Property


2018 Reports

2018 Alpena Schools Totals
2018 Apportionment Report
2018 Equalization Report 
2018 Hillman Schools Totals 
2018 IFT Totals
2018 Millage Rates
2018 Personal Property Summary Report
2018 Personal Property Summary Report IC 
2018 Top 30 Statistics


2019 Reports

2019 Alpena County Totals inc. DDA totals
2019 Alpena Schools Totals
2019 Equalization Report 
2019 Hillman Schools Totals 
2019 IFT Totals
L-4028 County
L-4028 IC
2019 Top 30 Statistics