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Posted on: November 30, 2017

2017 Property Tax Information, Rate, and Bills

2017 property tax balances for individual properties have now been calculated and are available on the City website via the Wauwatosa Property Tax Web Portal. The 2017 net property tax rate for Wauwatosa has been calculated at $23.56 per $1000 of assessed value.

2017 Property Tax Bills were mailed Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

Taxpayers can obtain electronic versions of the tax bills using the web portal online. Taxpayers can also look up live balances, check payment history, print receipts and make electronic payments utilizing the web portal. Please click on the link below for further information on the property tax web portal, tax rate and instructions on how to pay.

Ways to Pay

  1. Online through the property tax portal for a fee.
  2. In person at City Hall during business hours. 
  3. Via the 24 hour depository located on the south side of City Hall outside the doors marked Staff Entrance. 
  4. Tax bills can be paid in full or by 3 installment payments due January 31, 2018, March 31, 2018, and May 31, 2018. 

When to Pay at City Hall

The City's Treasurer's Office collects tax payments. They are open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and are located at City Hall, 7725 W. North Avenue. Note that City Hall is closed: Friday December 22, Monday, December 25, and Monday, January 1. While most city offices are closed on Friday, December 29, the Treasurer's Office will be open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm for property tax collection. 

Key Information about the 2017 Tax Bills

  • The 2017 tax rate is down 0.6% from 2016 -  from $23.69 per $1,000 of assessed value to $23.56. 
  • The net average decrease on the tax bill, based on an average home ($223,000) that qualifies for the first dollar and lottery tax credits, is $11.38. 
  • The assessed value in the city has increased 2.3%.
  • The city's tax rate, which is 31% of the total tax bill, has increased from $7.68 to $7.77, a 1.3% increase and the city's portion of the tax bill increased $22.28 for the average home in Wauwatosa. 
  • The City of Wauwatosa collects taxes for the Wauwatosa School District. Their tax rate decreased 3.4% from $8.90 to $8.59, as aid from the State of Wisconsin to the School District increased this year. However, the School Tax Levy Credit increased by $0.13 per $1,000 of assessed value (9.9%). This results in a net school tax rate decrease on the tax bill of 6%. 
  • The other taxing jurisdictions that Wauwatosa collects for are Milwaukee County, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), and Milwaukee Area Technical College all had rate increases ranging from 4.1% to 5.4%. This is due to an increase in their levies and an increase in the proportion of their levy paid by the City of Wauwatosa taxpayers.
  • Due to a recent change in state law, the State of Wisconsin is no longer levying property taxes through municipalities, which reduced the overall levy for Wauwatosa. The state portion was under 1% of the total tax bill in a typical year. 
  • The change in the tax rate can be attributed to many moving parts, such as the increase in assessed value, changes in the property tax levies, the increase in equalized value, the State of Wisconsin levy no longer being collected through the city's tax bill, and the decrease in Wauwatosa School District's tax rate. 


Taxpayers can also contact the Treasurer’s Office at treasurer@wauwatosa.net or 414-479-8960 for further assistance in obtaining a copy of their bill.
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