MENOMINEE — The Menominee City Council will meet as a committee of the whole Wednesday evening to hear from the assessor who was hired by the state of Michigan to complete the city’s 2015 and 2016 tax rolls.

The work assigned to Edward VanderVries, a master level assessor, by the Michigan Department of Treasury State Tax Commission began shortly after the commission seized the 2016 assessment roll on Nov. 29, 2016. At that time, the commission also had possession of the 2015 tax roll, which had several areas with discrepancies, as well as the absence of a signature from an assessor of record.

VanderVries completed that work in February 2017, and subsequently compiled an audit report on what he discovered while working on the two tax rolls. The cost of VanderVries’ work — $25,000 — has already been paid to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Wednesday, he will make a presentation to the entire council, which will discuss the audit report and his recommendations. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in council chambers at city hall and is open to the public.

The audit report establishes a history of the state’s involvement in the City of Menominee’s tax rolls from the two years in question, as well as VanderVries’ findings.

In the six-page report, VanderVries speaks to several issues, such as the property record cards, building appreciation adjustments, Land Value/ECF neighborhoods, built-it value, records and site visits. In many of the categories, he states remedy to problems he discovered would only happen with physical inspection of each parcel in the city.

“The current state of the City of Menominee assessment records are less than desirable. The valuation of improvements are being determined by outdated information and the data used to value the land is unreliable. In order to (ensure) uniform and accurate assessment, the records need to be brought up to compliance with the provisions of the Michigan General Property Tax Act.

“This can be done in two different ways; a verification of records or a reappraisal. Verification of records can be done over a longer period of time, usually 1-3 years, and isn’t done by classification but is done by ECF neighborhood. Reappraisal is a time-sensitive, complete re-evaluation of every parcel, including land value and ECF analysis. Both solutions could/should include digital sketches and photos,” he wrote.

The city has not budgeted for either in its 2017/2018 budget. The work would be done by a third party company hired by the city.