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AI- 3131   12. B. 7.    
BOC Regular
Meeting Date: 01/16/2020  
Approval of Appraisal Services Agreement with CSZ Services, LLC
FROM: Jim Dyer, Corporation Counsel, Corporation Counsel
Department: Corporation Counsel  

Resolved the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners does hereby approve the Professional Services Agreement with CSZ Services, LLC, as presented.
It is the recommendation of County Administration and County Equalization that the Agreement be adopted as presented.
The County has contracted with Appraisals Plus Group, Inc. since 2016 to provide certain appraisal services to assist the Equalization Department. Recently, we were informed that Appraisals Plus Group, Inc intended to decline a renewal of their contract which is schedule to expire. The proposed contract is scheduled to commence on April 1, 2020, when the necessary field appraisal work is scheduled to occur. 

Based on a recommendation from the Equalization Department, the County has selected CSZ Services, LLC, operated by Charles S. Zemla. This company provides field appraisal services for multiple counties throughout Michigan, including several local Counties, notably Kalamazoo County, where he works with their Equalization Director Matt Hansen, who also acts as Calhoun County Equalization Director, by contract. 

The pricing in the contract is based on that which is used by CSZ in Kalamazoo County. The total contract provides for a payment of $44,650.00 to conduct 109 Commercial appraisals, 120 Industrial appraisals & 61 Agricultural/Residential appraisals, an average cost of $154.00 per parcel. The appraisals are done between April 1 and September 30 and are used for the County's annual equalization report.

Though the contract is not effective until April 1, we are seeking approval now to reserve the available capacity and assure the services can be performed by the contractor. A copy of the proposed contract, with the Proposal submitted by CSZ as an exhibit, is attached.

As suggested by the Commission.
Administration and the Equalization Department  recommend approval of the Professional Services Agreement with CSZ Services, LLC, to perform field appraisal services for the Equalization Department for a total contract of $44,650.00, which has been approved in the 2020 approved Budget. 

Fiscal Impact
The cost associated with this contract was included in the 2020 budget for the Equalization Department.

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