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  STATE SENATE
State Senator, John Bizon, M.D., District 19
TAX ASSESSMENT REMINDERS
Unfortunately, for many, February could be riddled with loneliness and isolation.
its 101st session in January and we’re off to a busy start. I’ll have additional information forthcoming on bills that may impact seniors in Calhoun County.
Seniors feel isolated in their homes. Many feel removed from family and friends. Some may even feel alone with no one to talk to and no opportu- nity to engage with the community.
Do you think your property tax assessment is incorrect? If so, you may appeal the assessment.
Approximately 12.5 million older adults live in one-person households, representing 28 percent of people aged 65 or older. According to the Council on Contemporary Families, it only gets worse; by the time people reach age 85, about 40 percent live by them- selves.
First, a few reminders may be help- ful. The term “taxable value” (TV) was introduced in 1995. It is the value used to calculate your property taxes. Annual growth in taxable value is capped at the rate of inflation, or five percent, whichever is less.
The thought of our aging parents, grandparents, and loved ones living alone is sad enough, but the concern gets even worse when we look at what the research says about the effect of isolation and loneliness on seniors.
The State Equalized Value (SEV) must still reflect 50% of the proper- ty’s true cash value and may increase (or decrease) by more than the rate of inflation or 5% in any tax year.
  BARRY COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING
Delton Faith United Methodist Church
(269) 579-3918 11:00am-1pm
Friendship Center Locations:
Hastings COA Building:
(269) 948-4856 Mon-Fri 10 am-2pm
Main St. Banquets:
Woodland Eagles Club:
(517) 213-9212 Mon-Fri 10:30am-1pm
(269) 367-4041
Mon, Wed & Fri 10:30am-1pm
• Home Delivered Meals. For homebound seniors that are unable to pre- pare meals, can receive delicious meals at home. Special diets available. • Senior Center Activities including line dancing, card making, beading,
cards, bingo, and many others.
• Senior Meal Choice Dining. Restaurant-based senior dining program. • Chore Service provides minor home repair for seniors.
There are many more activities and opportunities to volunteer your time and talents! Just Call Barry County Commission on Aging for more information.
320 West Woodlawn Avenue, Hastings, MI 49058 Phone: (269) 948-4856 | Fax: (269) 948-3336 E-Mail: bccoa@barrycounty.org | www.barrycounty.org
It is important to remember that your property taxes are no longer based on the SEV. Changes to your home’s assessed value will reduce your taxes only if it is an amount lower than the taxable value.
 We all know someone who is older whose day you might brighten by calling them or stopping by their house to drop off flowers or a few groceries on the porch. (Be sure to add a little note as well.) Make sure to think about our seniors so they don’t fall into isolation.
The Michigan Legislature began
If you believe your assessment is
in error, you may appeal to your local Board of Review and, if necessary,
the Michigan Tax Tribunal. No attor- ney is necessary. My office has access to an 8-step guide that may help you obtain a favorable adjustment. Request a copy by emailing my office at senjbizon@senate.michigan.gov or by calling (517) 373-2426.
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   in reducing, and in some cases, eliminating diseases. The Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is committed to following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for prioritization of distribu- tion and administration of COVID-19 vaccines, with input from state public health and health care leaders and reviewed correspondence from the public.
Distribution in Michigan will be in a phased approach, with an emphasis on ensuring the continued function- ing of the health care system and essential services in the community and protecting people at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness.
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VACCINE UPDATE
65 and older, the Calhoun County Health Department is now scheduling appointments for vaccine administra- tion by calling (269) 441-0912.
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how diseases without vaccines can devastate an economy and public health. In modern his- tory, vaccines have been integral
Of course, due to the high demand and limited availability, I and health department officials thank you for your understanding as delays may occur. I know we are all anxious to do what we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones, and I assure
you officials are working tirelessly
to ensure everyone who wants to be vaccinated is able to be as soon as possible. Please remain patient and do not become discouraged – this is a critical step toward our return to some sense of normalcy in the near future, and if we all continue to stick together, I know we will make it out the other side of this crisis as a stron- ger community.
For more information about the different phases or other questions you may have, be sure to visit www. calhouncountymi.gov and navigate to the public health department page, or call (269) 969-6370 for assistance.
As always, you can also reach out to my office for assistance with this, or any other issue, by calling
(517) 373-0555, or sending an email to JimHaadsma@house.mi.gov.
 In Calhoun County, Phase 1A,
the first phase of the vaccination rollout, included frontline healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Phase 1B, which we are now transitioning into, includes residents aged 65 or older, and front- line essential workers in critical infrastructure roles. For seniors aged
   




























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