What we do
We appraise or value real and personal property at fair market value for tax purposes. We do not set or collect taxes. We handle three major duties:
- to discover
- to list
- to value all taxable property within Wauwatosa
|January 1||Assessment Date: All property is assessed as it existed on this date.|
|March 1||Last day to file exemption request forms and personal property returns.|
|Late April/Early May||Assessment notices mailed to property owners and assessment roll available for inspection.|
|May 4 - 15, 2020||Open Book Review Period|
|Starts May 29, 2020||Board of Review|
Open Book Review Period
Every year, the assessor's office prepares a preliminary assessment roll. This reflects property values as of January 1 each year.
The Open Book review period is set aside to answer questions posed by property owners and to correct obvious clerical errors that were made in compiling the assessment roll.
This year's Open Book is May 4 - 15, 2020.
Roughly 4% of Wauwatosa property owners will receive a change of assessment notice.
Learn more about the Open Book Review Period.
In 2019, our Assessor’s Office completed a revaluation. This is a city-wide review of all property assessments. We make value adjustments where necessary to guarantee that all property is assessed at market value. This ensures that taxes are distributed equitably. Learn more about the revaluation.
What Does an Assessor Do?
Helpful Links & Forms
- Agent Authorization PA-105
- Change of Address Form
- Confidential Income & Expense Statement
- Guide for Property Owners
- Personal Property Information and Instructions
- Property Assessment Appeal Guide
- Property Tax Exemption Request
- Request for Review of Property Assessment
- Sales Verification Report Commercial Sales Questionnaire
- Sales Verification Report Residential Sales Questionnaire
- Statement of Personal Property
- Neighborhood Map
- Tax Bill Insert
- Assessment Process Brochure
- Milwaukee County GIS Mapping
- Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Wisconsin Department of Revenue Information
Assessed values are established as of January 1 according Chapter 70 of the Wisconsin Statutes, and each tax assessment is absolute.