Lakefront losing land - and value

Erosion has caused significant damage to Lincoln Township Beach, pictured earlier this summer. Homeowners with properties based along Lake Michigan have also seen a drop in taxable value to their land since 2013.

STEVENSVILLE — Like other lakeshore communities in Southwest Michigan, Lincoln Township is getting hit hard with erosion.

With beaches disappearing, township Assessor John Baumann crunched the numbers and noticed a drop in property values among the township’s lakeshore neighborhoods.