Notice! Open Book period began on June 28th. Property owners who are interested in meeting with the Assessor to discuss their assessment notice should call 262-395-4447 to schedule an in-person appointment to occur within the next few weeks.
The Assessor’s Office has recently updated its schedule for the village-wide revaluation. Tyler Technologies’ Appraisal and Tax Division was contracted to complete the revaluation, as well as perform assessor services for the Village.
The last village-wide revaluation was conducted in 2014. Since then, the average level of assessment or assessment ratio (assessed value compared to actual market value) fell to to 90% and would drop to the 85% to 86% range in 2019 without performing a revaluation. State law provides for a timetable for a municipality to complete a revaluation once the assessment ratio falls below 90%. The 2019 revaluation will bring assessments back to near 100% of market value in order to comply with state statutes.
Properties that sold during the previous two years will be researched and considered in establishing new values throughout the community. The 2018 (previous year) assessments were still based off of sales that occurred during 2012 and 2013.
Initially for the first phase of the revaluation, representatives of Tyler Technologies will be in the field updating digital images of the homes and businesses in the village. These images will assist the Assessor’s Office in establishing your 2019 assessment, as well as ensuring the assessment records are current to date with exterior information.
It is important to note that the revaluation process in itself does not mean more taxes; that is, property values are adjusted to reflect current market conditions throughout the village, leading to a more equitable distribution of taxes based on the current market value of each property.
Property owners should expect to receive a notice of their 2019 assessment in late June 2019. The value on that notice is intended to represent the full market value of that property as of January 1, 2019, as indicated by comparable sales in the village and will include instructions on how to contact the assessor’s office in order to discuss the 2019 assessment if desired, as well as the dates for the Open Book and Board of Review.
The “Open Book” period is the time owners may informally discuss the 2019 value with representatives of Tyler Technologies if they are in disagreement with the value or have general questions. The Board of Review is a formal appeal process that operates similar to a court and property owners must prove by way of evidence and testimony that the assessment is incorrect when appealing an assessment to the Board of Review.
The 2019 assessed values of properties will be reflected on the tax bills in December of 2019. If you have any questions regarding the revaluation, please contact the Assessor’s Office at 414-962-6690 extension 124.
The Assessor is responsible for setting the value of all property within the Village to determine the taxable value of real and personal property. Currently the Village contracts with Tyler Technologies to provide assessing services.
The function of the Assessor's Office is to assure the equitable distribution of the total tax burden within the Village. It does not determine the total amount of revenues to be raised. In other words, the assessment process assures that each property bears its fair share of the tax burden - no more, no less.
The Village Assessor must be certified by the State Department of Revenue. Certification is obtained by completing tests that check for knowledge of assessment law, construction techniques, forms of depreciation, and mathematical skills.
Recertification is required once every three years and is based on proof of continuing education in the assessment profession. The certification guidelines are found in the Wisconsin Property Assessment Manual and Chapter 70 of the Wisconsin Statutes.
Property Record Card
The Village Assessor is charged with the task of valuing all taxable property within the Village jurisdiction. Each parcel in the Village is assigned a key number, which is placed on a property record card along with a legal description and mailing address of the owner.
Items listed on the Property Record Card include:
- Building dimensions
- Building permit information
- Square footage
- Lot size
- Style and construction of the property
- Number of rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms
- Quality and grade of mechanical equipment Cards
- Attachments to the property such as decks, patios and porches
Property Data (Year Built, Square Footage, etc.) is also available online by clicking here.
A copy of the property record card for each parcel in the Village is available for public viewing during the Village Assessor's regular business hours. This copy also includes the assessment and the last selling price for the parcel. When assessments are finalized, they are listed by key number on the assessment roll. The assessment roll is available for public inspection during regular business hours.
Market value is based on finding similar properties that have sold recently. Great care is taken in comparing the condition, desirability, and utility (known as the CDU) of similar properties. Assessments are derived by dividing the market value of a property by the level of assessment for the entire Village. To obtain the level of assessment as of January 1st and an estimated current level of assessment please contact the Assessor's Office.
Meet with Assessor
The Village Assessor is required to send a notice when there is an increase in the assessed value of an owner's property. If you receive an assessment notice and have a question, please contact the Assessor's Office immediately and arrange for a meeting with an assessor.
Meetings are arranged the first few weeks after the notices of change of assessment are mailed, generally around the end of April. These meetings are called "open book." An interior inspection of the property may be required before an "open book" meeting. Denying an inspection will result in the loss of the right to appeal the assessment to the Board of Review.
Board of Review
The Board of Review consists of citizen members appointed by the Village President. It is the Board’s duty to hear evidence by the taxpayer and the Village Assessor and to decide if the assessment is correct.
If you would like to request a property review for 2018, please complete the property review form. Property review forms must be mailed to or submitted at Village Hall.