200 Division St., Suite 180
Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: (231) 348-1708
Fax: (231) 348-1768
Equalization Department Email

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Lynette Girard
Michigan Master Assessing Officer
(231) 348-1711

Equalization/GIS Staff

Mark Johnson
Assistant Director
Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer
(231) 348-1710

Mike Larson
Michigan Certified Assessing Officer
(231) 348-1733

Harry Kitchen
GIS Coordinator
(231) 348-0631

Dona Kahgee
House Numbering Administrator
GIS Data Specialist
(231) 348-0667

Jacque Bester
Equalization & GIS Administrative Assistant
(231) 348-1708

Mapping Services from Emmet County


Emmet County is pleased to provide interactive mapping. These maps will easily assist all users in quickly viewing GIS information. All maps are labeled by map type and will enable you to zoom in and out for detailed information. For any questions or concerns regarding these maps, please contact our GIS Coordinator at (231) 348-0631.


Free public use of the Property Search System is available.

About the Equalization Department

The Equalization Department assists the County Board of Commissioners in equalizing real and personal property on a County-wide basis. To comply with State directives, the Department conducts annual sales and appraisal studies for all classes of real property. Audits and record verification’s are conducted for personal property. These studies are used to equalize assessed values for each class of real and personal property in the eighteen local units of government within Emmet County. The Department also furnishes assistance to the local assessing officers in the performance of their duties. Some of those duties include the development and maintenance of accurate property descriptions; the discovery, listing and valuation of properties for tax purposes; and the development and use of valuation standards and techniques for the assessment of property.

The Geographic Information System (GIS) was established in 1996. Prior to the establishment of our GIS Department, the County-wide tax mapping was handled by the Equalization Department. In 1987, Emmet County went to a permanent parcel numbering system. Since that time, the GIS Department is charged with the responsibility of assigning permanent parcel numbers, maintaining property descriptions and updating all mapping layers for the 27,000 parcels of real property in Emmet County. The Department assists local assessing officers and taxpayers in the development and maintenance of property descriptions.

Navigate with ‘Destination Emmet County’

A Web mapping service from Emmet County allows users to peruse local properties in finite detail, take a 360-degree look at a new neighborhood and evaluate topographical data with ease and speed – plus a myriad more interactive elements that are bringing the county’s mapping services rapidly into the future.

The direct Web address for the mapping program, known as Destination Emmet County, is http://gis.emmetcounty.org/Apps/EmmetCountyEqualizationViewer.

For assistance in using the program, call (231) 348-0631.

Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey, MI 49770
231-348-1702 | Contact Us