Finance - Assessor

Mission Statement
The mission of this office is to accurately and equitable value all real estate and personal property in accordance with Chapter 70 of the Wisconsin Statutes. It is our responsibility to provide uniform property values so that the burden of taxes is distributed fairly and equitably as possible under current law.

2009 Citywide Revaluation
The Assessor’s Office did a citywide revaluation in 2009. For further information, please contact the Assessor’s Office.

Duties & Responsibilities
The City Assessor is a State certified individual who is responsible for setting the value of all property within the City for the purpose of determining the taxable value of real and personal property, upon which is levied property taxes for all taxing jurisdictions.

The assessor is not involved in the billing or collection of property taxes. Questions about property tax collection should be addressed to the Treasurer's office.

Main functions of the Assessor's office include:
  • Holds annual open book sessions for property owners and defend assessments at the Board of Reviews hearings
  • Inspects and reviews all properties that were issued permits for the current year and any partial assessments from the prior year and determine values
  • Prepares and submit Assessor's Final Report to the Department of Revenue
  • Provides assessment and owner information to citizens, developers, real estate professionals, and other interested parties
  • Updates information in the property database
  • Updates list of businesses for personal property reporting valuation annually
The Assessor performs revaluations of all property within the City, utilizing statistical methods as well as property visits. A revaluation is a complete and thorough review of all assessments.

During a revaluation, all assessments are examined and adjustments are made so that all property is assessed at market value. This is done to assure that taxes are distributed equitable and uniformly. Wisconsin law requires that property assessments be based on fair market value.

Estimating the market value of your property is a matter of determining the price a typical buyer would pay for it in its present condition. Some factors the assessor considers in assigning property value include: what similar type properties are selling for, what it would cost to replace your property, the rent it may earn, and any other factors that effect value.

It is important to note that the assessor does not create this value; rather, the assessor interprets what is happening in the market place.

Important Dates
  • January 1st - The assessment date all property, as it exists on this date, is assessed
  • March 1st - Last day to file personal property return (business owners only)
  • March 1st - Last day to file tax exemptions forms
  • April/May - Assessment Notices mailed to property owners
  • May/June - Board of Review hearings