2023 FINAL ASSESSMENT ROLLS
TO APPEAL YOUR ASSESSMENT
- Request for Review Form (Fillable PDF)
- Objection to Real Property Assessment Form (Fillable PDF)
- Objection to Personal Property Assessment Form (Fillable PDF)
- Notice of Intent to File Objection Form (Fillable PDF)
- Agent Authorization (Fillable PDF)
IMPORTANT 2023 DATES IN THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS
City Hall OPEN
The one-stop-shop Customer Service Center for residents is now open from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Oftentimes, coming to City Hall and knowing which office to visit or how to find that office can be challenging for guests. Our new customer service center will welcome you and be able to address inter-departmental needs all in one place. Access to the building will only be available through the south entrance going forward, which will lead you directly to the Customer Service Center.
During this time, please submit any questions or submissions: Requests for Review, Income Surveys, Personal Property returns either by e-mail, dropped off at the Customer Service Center or in the City Hall drop-box (which is to the right of City Hall Main Entrance Doors (Parking Lot level).
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Thank you for your patience during this time.
The City of West Allis Assessor’s Office is responsible for the maintenance of ownership information, and the valuation of all taxable property within the City in accordance with The Wisconsin Property Assessment Manual (PDF) and Chapter 70 of the Wisconsin State Statutes. It is our primary responsibility to provide uniform property values so that the burden of taxes is distributed as fairly and equitably as possible under current law.
Though assessed values are used to calculate tax bills, a change in assessed value does not necessarily equate to an increase or decrease in a tax bill. It is important to note that the overall tax burden is a function of the tax levy approved by taxing jurisdictions whereas the assessed value is a marker for the share of that burden. Property owners may see an increase in assessed value if new construction occurred or new improvements were made to the property.
To be clear, the amount a property owner will pay on the tax bill is primarily determined by the tax levy. The tax levy is set by the various taxing jurisdictions including the City of West Allis, West Allis/West Milwaukee School District, Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewage District (MMSD), Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), Milwaukee County, and the State of Wisconsin.
Since 1848 in Wisconsin, "...taxation shall be uniform...", as required under the Preamble to the State Constitution.
It is the Assessor’s primary responsibility under case law, statute and our State Constitution to produce equitable and uniform property assessments in order to ensure that the burden of property tax is distributed fairly and equitably among all property owners.
It makes sense to most people that for property taxes to be considered "fair", similar properties should have a similar tax burden; Overall property assessments should make sense and be consistent with each other.
An easy way to understand this is when comparing homes with one another. The newest, biggest and best home in West Allis should have the highest assessment and the oldest, smallest and most run down house should have the lowest, with all other houses somewhere in between.