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.
How can I change my name or address on my water bill?Contact the Water Utility Business office at (414) 479-8963.
Can I pay my water utility bill online?Yes, visit our online payment center to complete this transaction.
What information do you need from me to license my pet?
- Owner address information
- Animal information
- Verification of current rabies immunization--if rabies vaccination is not current, you must have your pet vaccinated by your veterinarian and provide a current rabies certificate.
- Payment of licensing fee
Where to purchase:
- Treasurer's Office
- Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission office located at 3839 W Burnham St., West Milwaukee, WI 53215.
- You may apply for licenses online through the MADACC website (www.madacc.com)
- Mail in a Pet License Application to MADACC. The City of Wauwatosa does not issue licenses through mail.
For more information, please contact the treasurer's office at (414) 479-8960.
Do I need to license my cat if it only stays indoors?
How do I get a library card?
Library cards are available to all eligible residents of Milwaukee County. Library cards are available in person at any MCFLS member library and are valid for 2 years. Adults, who are 16-years-of-age and older, can bring a valid Wisconsin ID or Driver’s License with current Milwaukee County address or must show two forms of ID.
To learn more about obtaining a library card, and for information about valid forms of ID, please reference the Wauwatosa Public Library.
How do I pay for water and sewer utilities?
The city issues water, sewer, and storm water bills quarterly in the mail around the first of the month. Bills are due on the 20th of each month. Bills are issued to the owner or resident. If you want, the bill can be mailed to an address other than the service address. You can pay your bill online, by mail, in person, by using the 24 hour deposit located at the south-west end of City Hall, through your private bank's online bill pay, or over the phone.
For more information on how billing works, please see our Billing & Rate Information page.
For general information about water utilities in Wauwatosa, please see our Water Utility page.
How do I register to vote?
In order to register to vote, there are a few steps residents must take:
- All persons registering to vote are required to provide proof of residence showing current name and current Wauwatosa address.
- Register online at the MyVote website, myvote.wi.gov
- Download the registration form (EL-131) from the Wisconsin Elections Commission website; mail it to the City Clerk's Office, 7725 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53213.
- Register at the City Clerk’s office Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; the office is open until 5:00 pm the Friday before an election (there is no in-person registration at the Clerk's office the day before an election).
- Register at the polls on Election Day.
- Electors are not required to register prior to each election. You only need to register if you have moved since the last election and have not registered from your new address, or have changed your name since the last election.
For more information, please see our Elections and Voting page.
How does garbage and recycling work in Wauwatosa?
To find your garbage and recycling schedule, please see our Refuse and Recycling Map. You may click on the map to view an individual refuse and recycling schedule based on your address, and/or you may use the Search Tool to locate your property by address.
For more information about garbage and recycling, please see our Garbage Recycling and Yard Waste Carts page.
Where can I learn more about the Wauwatosa School District?The Wauwatosa School District has their own website with information and resources.