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Published 5/22/2020
5:20pm

New Executive Order On Tax Abatement Hearings 

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Allowing Local Governments to Provide Notice of Tax Abatement Hearings Electronically and by Newspaper

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-103, which allows local governments to use alternative means, other than mass mailings, to send out hearing notifications.

“It is critical our local governments can continue serving their residents while also practicing social distancing to keep their employees safe,” Governor Whitmer said. “This Executive Order ensures employees can continue staying safe at home and local governments can still carry out essential hearings on the creation of tax abatement districts and send out the proper notifications.”  

Under Executive Order 2020-103, notice of any public hearing required to take place under a tax abatement statute may be provided electronically and by newspaper. Executive Order 2020-75 already permits tax abatement hearings to occur electronically.  

The order takes effect immediately, runs contemporaneously with Executive Order 2020-75, and continues through June 30, 2020

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Update 5/17/2020

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