Michael Racklyeft appointed city assessor in Taylor

Michael Racklyeft has been appointed the new city assessor in Taylor.

Racklyeft, who joins the administration of Taylor Mayor Cameron Priebe after working the last decade for the City of Southfield, succeeds Annette Amici, who retires November 30 after 15½ years as Taylor’s assessor.

Racklyeft has had an impressive career in public service. In Southfield, he served as city assessor since February 2003 and was deputy assessor six years before that.

He also worked as a commercial and industrial property appraiser in Southfield from 1990 to 1994 and has similar experience in West Bloomfield Township, Farmington Hills, Wayne and Augusta Township.

Racklyeft is credited with reducing Southfield’s annual assessing budget by 30 percent and instituting a complete commercial and residential reappraisal and personal property audit program.

He holds a Level IV certification – which is the highest level attainable for an assessor in Michigan.

In addition, Racklyeft is a retired sergeant major with the U.S. Army Reserve, serving for 22 years. He served in Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East.

Besides his government work, Racklyeft has provided property tax consulting with a local law firm, so he has a vast array of experience in appraising commercial and industrial properties.

Racklyeft and his wife, Marchel, have four daughters and three grandchildren.

Amici was hired by Mayor Priebe in 1991 and retires with an outstanding record in the city. Amici and Racklyeft have been working together the past month to ensure a smooth transition.

Amici said she has enjoyed working for the city and took the opportunity to thank the members of her staff for their professionalism, dedication and assistance throughout the years.