About the State Tax Commission

The State Tax Commission is comprised of 3-members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The State Tax Commission has general supervision of the administration of the Property Tax Laws in Michigan and shall render such assistance and give such advice to assessors, as they deem necessary. In 2009, the State Tax Commission became responsible for the education and certification of assessing officers. To contact the State Tax Commission, please call 517-335-3429, E-mail at State-Tax-Commission@michigan.gov, or mail to: P.O. Box 30471, Lansing, MI 48909.

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Doug Roberts
Doug Roberts

Doug Roberts serves as the Chairperson of the State Tax Commission and has been a member since January 1, 2003. Mr. Roberts has served as Director of the State Employer, as both Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Department of Management and Budget, as Deputy Superintendent of Public Education, Director of the Senate Fiscal Agency, and as State Treasurer. Mr. Roberts received both his doctorate and master's degrees from Michigan State University.

W. Howard Morris
W. Howard Morris

W. Howard Morris was reappointed to the State Tax Commission in November 2017 to a four-year term expiring December 27, 2021.  Mr. Morris has 30 years of professional accounting and financial experience and is the president and CIO of the Prairie & Tireman Group in Detroit.  He is a former vice president and senior portfolio manager for Comerica Bank, former emergency financial manager of the Inkster Public School District, former CFO of the Detroit Public School District, and former president of WILMOCO Capital Management.  Morris is a CPA, a chartered financial analyst, a personal financial specialist, and a chartered global management accountant.  He received a bachelor's of business administration from Northwood University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Leonard D. Kutschman
Leonard D. Kutschman

Leonard D. Kutschman was appointed to the State Tax Commission in March 2017 to a three-year term expiring December 27, 2020.  Mr. Kutschman is a Michigan Master Assessing Officer (MMAO), Michigan Certified General Appraiser, and Michigan Licensed Real Estate Broker. Mr. Kutschman has 45 years of property tax experience handling a variety of real estate and personal property tax issues and matters working in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Kutschman recently retired from the law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP where he served as a property tax consultant for almost twenty-eight years evaluating property values and assessments, reviewing appraisals, and working with taxpayers, assessors and their counsel to resolve property tax issues. He began his career as a staff appraiser at Avon Township and subsequently became the assessor of record. When Avon Township became the City of Rochester Hills, he took on the additional management responsibilities for the City's Economic Development Corporation as the Director of Assessing and Economic Development. Mr. Kutschman attended the Lawrence Institute of Technology and has achieved the highest assessor certification in the State of Michigan.