PERRY TWP. — Tina Braman was ready for a change from teaching when she moved back to her hometown.
Now, in her new career, she sees a lot of hometowns across the state.
Braman, who has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in elementary education from Madonna University, worked as a middle school math teacher in inner-city Detroit for about 10 years.
In 2012, she moved back to her hometown of Gladwin and purchased her grandparents’ home there where she lives with her husband Paul.
“I went and got my certification and that’s when I got my (Michigan certified assessing officers) license,” she said.
After earning her certification, she spent time working in the Clare County equalization department for several years before deciding to do contract assessing.
Perry Township recently hired Tina Braman as its new assessor to replace Steve Schwiekert, who stepped down because he wanted to reduce his workload.
“Tina is really great and she came highly recommended. I think she is going to do a wonderful job for the residents of Perry Township,” Supervisor Mark Blank said.
An assessor estimates the value of real property within a city, town or village’s boundaries. That value is converted into an assessment, which is one component in the computation of real property tax bills.
Gladwin is about a two-hour commute from Perry Township. But Braman also does work for Markey Township in Roscommon County, Hamilton and Greenwood townships in Clare County, and Coe Township in Isabella County.
“I really like it a lot. I like meeting with people while I’m out doing field work. I always try to be fair and consistent with everyone. I’ll listen to people and sometimes they just need someone to vent to and I understand their frustrations, I’m a homeowner too,” Braman said.
She said one of the common frustrations she runs into is with homeowners is when they purchase a home, it uncaps the taxable value. Sometimes the following year they get a property tax bill that is higher than they were expecting.
She said she enjoys talking homeowners through that process and discussing what kind of recourse they may have.
Braman’s daughter Mikyla works for her and is also preparing to get her assessor’s license.
The younger Braman works in logistics with the National Guard and has about a year left before she is discharged.
“My daughter does field work and will probably be the face Perry Township residents see here, she will be the one coming to people’s houses. I’m just making sure she knows how to run things,” Braman said.
Mikyla said working with her mom has been great.
“The hours are flexible is and it’s great because I have two kids that are 2 and 3. Being able to work with her and see her often is really nice because we’re super close,” she said.