Equalization Department

Under general direction of the Board of Commissioners, the Equalization Department conducts the statutory annual equalization of property tax assessments to create uniformity by property classification among the various taxing jurisdictions within Oceana County. The department is responsible for the maintenance of the assessment and tax rolls and all other tax related data for all units of government except the townships of Benona, Hart, Leavitt and Newfield. The department also insures that assessment standards mandated by the Headlee amendment are maintained, explains departmental procedures, tax laws and the assessment process to the public. It also provides information on property ownership, property descriptions and assessments, prepares and files necessary reports with the State Tax Commission and other affected units of government. An additional responsibility is the issuance and verification of permanent addresses for all municipalities except Hart City and the Villages of Pentwater, Hesperia, New Era, Shelby and Walkerville.

Department Staff

  • Edward K. VanderVries, MMAO IV, PPE – Director
  • Melinda Stopczynski, MCAT – Data Processing, Deeds &                                                                              Property Addressing
    • 231-873-6731 – mstopczynski@oceana.mi.us
  • Derek C. Eaton, MCAO – Property Appraiser II
    • 231-873-6733 – deaton@oceana.mi.us

Basic property information at no cost is available at “Property Search Basic“.

Graphical interface property search with map viewing is available at “Property Search with GIS. If desired, this report is available for a fee.

These maps and aerials are also available through our office. (See Sample Map) Please refer to our “Fee Schedule” for a list of sizes and configurations.