2018 Property Tax Bill Availability & Collection
The 2018 real estate property tax bills will be mailed December 6, 2018.
Individual 2018 tax balances are currently available on our website via the Wauwatosa Property Tax Web Portal. The portal is searchable by property address. In addition to balances, payment history, receipts and copies of original tax bills are all available electronically. Additionally, taxpayers are be able to make tax payments on the City website. Click on the below link to go to the web portal.
In addition to web payments, taxpayers can also mail payments using the return envelope in the billing envelope or can drop off payments at the 24-hour night depository at City Hall - however, they should print a copy of the bill from the web portal to include with payment. Paying in person at the Treasurer's Office at City Hall is also an option.
Bills may be paid in full or the taxpayer may opt to make three installment payments due January 31, 2019, March 31, 2019 and May 31, 2019.
Treasurer’s Office hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, but taxpayers should be aware that City Hall is closed for the following City-observed holidays: Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1. Monday, December 31 is also a City holiday; however, the Treasurer’s Office will be open 9 AM to noon for property tax collection.
Escrow Over-payment and Refunds
If you pay via escrow through your lender or bank, and they pay more money than is due on your tax bill, we will issue you a refund check and will put it in the mail to you. You can also stop in and collect your refund check if it has not already been mailed. We typically process refunds within 5 business days.
2018 Property Tax Information
The 2018 tax rate is $23.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. Your taxes go to: MATC, Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District, Milwaukee County, Wauwatosa School District, and the City of Wauwatosa.
For more details on the 2018 property tax rate and the tax rate effect on the average Wauwatosa residence, please refer to the below graphs:
On November 6, 2018, Wauwatosa voters passed a referendum allowing the school district to levy a property tax to fund facilities improvements, including building 4 new elementary schools. Other schools will have their facilities upgraded. The vote passed 61% to 39%. Key points for the 2018 and 2019 effects on property taxes:
- The referendum does not impact the 2018 tax bill.The 2019 bill will be the first year the tax goes into effect.
- Starting in 2019, each tax bill will have a line item that shows the portion of the taxes attributed to the referendum. For each year the referendum is in effect, the taxpayer will know the exact dollar amount they are paying towards the referendum.
- $1.88 per $1000 of property value can be used as an estimate for the impact on the 2019 bill. The rate will not be finalized until the 2019 cost of the debt is known and the assessment roll has been finalized by early November of 2019, so there is a possibility that the final rate will be different from the estimate.
- For more information on the project, taxpayers can contact the Wauwatosa School District Superintendent's Office at 414-773-1010.