What we doWe oversee several different divisions, including:
- Water Utility's Business Office
The City Treasurer collects and oversees city funds, including:
When will the new tax rate be available?
New tax rates are typically available in early December.
We begin calculating tax rates when three major items are finalized:
- final overall assessment values, typically complete in mid-November.
- certified tax levies from each taxing jurisdiction, typically complete in late November.
- tax credit information from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, complete by November 20.
What are my options to pay my tax bill?
Can I obtain a copy of my tax bill from the website? Or a receipt?
Yes, visit our Property Tax Web Portal for this information.
How do I change my name or address on my tax bill?Complete a Change of Address Form at the City Assessor’s office. If you make your change before November 15 it will be effective on the tax bills that are mailed out in December. If you make it after that date, it will be effective the following year.
Where is the night deposit located?The night deposit is located on the southwest end of city hall near the employee entrance.
What are the credits that are applied to my tax bill?
There are three credits available:
- school tax levy credit
- first dollar credit
- lottery credit
School Tax Levy Credit
This credit direct relief to taxpayers by reducing the amount owed on their property tax bills. The school levies credit is allocated to municipalities based on their share of statewide school levies during the previous three years. Municipalities allocate the credit to individual taxpayers in proportion to the taxpayer's share of the municipality's total assessed value.
First Dollar Credit
This credit is paid to the owner of any real estate parcel on which at least one improvement owned by the land owner is located. The credit equals the school property tax on a certain amount of the value of the improvements. The credit value is calculated every year by the Department of Revenue. If the value of the parcel exceeds the credit value, a full credit is paid. If the value of the parcel is less than the credit value, the credit is paid on the actual value of the parcel.
This credit provides direct property tax relief to homeowners as a credit on their property tax bills.
How can I claim the lottery credit?
You must establish ownership and residence of a property as of January 1 of the tax year. If you purchase a home after January 1, you must attest to the best of your knowledge that the property was the primary residence of the previous owner(s).
To receive the lottery credit, an eligible property owner must file an application with our Treasurer’s Office by January 31 following the issuance of the person’s property tax bill. If you miss this date and are eligible for the credit, you may file a late claim application with the Department of Revenue by October 1.
Once you receive the lottery credit on your tax bill it will be issued each year and you do not need to reapply for it. If you become ineligible for the lottery credit, you need to fill out a lottery and gaming credit removal request. Lottery Credit Form
What is the assessed value of my property?The assessed value of a property is the dollar amount assigned to taxable real (by parcel) and personal (by owner) property by the assessor for the purpose of taxation. The assessed value for a property is shown on the yearly tax bill.
Why is the Assessed Value different from the Fair Market Value?The assessment was established at the last valuation of the property by the Assessor's Office. The estimated fair market value is calculated by taking the assessment and dividing it by the city wide assessment ratio. This ratio is determined by the Department of Revenue and the same ratio shows up on all tax bills within Wauwatosa. The estimated fair market value is displayed on the tax bill so property owners can see if their assessment is in line with the overall market; however, it is important to note that this value is just an estimate.
Where can I pay a delinquent tax bill?
The City of Wauwatosa collects taxes from December through July 31st each year. For example, for 2016 tax bills, the collection period for the City of Wauwatosa is December 2016 to July 31, 2017. If a tax bill becomes delinquent prior to July 31st it is paid to the City of Wauwatosa Treasurer’s Office. After July 31st, delinquent taxes should be paid to the Milwaukee County Treasurer, 901 N. 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233. The phone number for the Milwaukee County Treasurer is (414) 278-4033.