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Please be aware that we can only discuss your assessed value, not your tax bill or the amount of taxes the Common Council spends. It is the responsibility of your elected and appointed officials to decide how much money to collect in each year’s tax levy, including the Common Council, the School Board, the County Board, State Legislature, Metro Milwaukee Sewerage District and MATC.
The Assessor is responsible under State statute to divide the burden of tax equitably in each community.
First, you should make sure that our permanent records describe your property accurately.
Secondly, you should make sure that your assessment is in line with homes similar to yours in neighborhoods like yours.
Finally, you should make sure that your assessment is based on actual sales prices of similar properties at the time we performed our last “market-adjusted” Citywide Revaluation.
Both assessments and sales are available on the City of West Allis website (Google “West Allis Assessor”) or in the Assessor’s office at City Hall.
If this research does not clear things up for you, the next step would be to schedule an appointment to meet with a staff appraiser during the “Open Book” period identified on your assessment notice to discuss your assessment. Bring along any evidence you’ve gathered and/or a copy of a recent professional appraisal if you have one.
If after your meeting with a staff appraiser you want to appeal your assessment before the Board of Review, you may verbally present your evidence to them as sworn testimony and answer any questions they may have.
To request a hearing, you should obtain and complete an assessment objection packet from the City Clerk to schedule a date to testify. Once the packet is submitted, the Clerk’s office will schedule an appointment for you to appear to offer verbal testimony before the Board of Review.
The Board is made up of five citizens who are knowledgeable about the real estate market, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Common Council. It is the Board’s duty to hear verbal testimony and examine supplementary evidence presented by both the taxpayer and the Assessor’s office and to determine if the Assessment is in error and should be overturned.