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How to Appeal Your Assessment: Step-By Step Instructions


Additional Resources

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue provides the 2020 Property Assessment Appeal Guide for Wisconsin Real Property Owners

Also see the Wisconsin Department of Revenue latest notice for Property and Taxation Information.


Step 1: Contact Us

If you feel that our 2020 assessment data is inaccurate, please contact our office:

Step 2: Request an Appeals Form and Return by May 18 June 8, 2020

Appeals must be in writing on prescribed forms.  A property-specific form will be emailed or mailed to you by one of our team members.

Forms must be filled out in full.  Please include a telephone number and/or email address on fully completed form.

The deadline to return your appeals form(s) is Monday May 18 June 8, 2020.

Appeals forms can be returned by:

  • U.S. Mail:
    • City of Milwaukee Assessor’s Office
      200 E Wells Street, Room 507
      Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Drop Box:
    • City of Milwaukee Assessor’s Office
      Milwaukee City Hall, 5th Floor
      200 E Wells Street, Room 507

Step 3: Include Evidence with Your Appeal

It is recommended that evidence be submitted with all appeals. The appeals form is due by the third Monday in May but the supporting evidence may be submitted after the appeals deadline.  Following are examples of evidence types for residential or commercial properties.

Acceptable Evidence Types

Residential Property Owners:

  • A copy of an appraisal representative of market conditions as of January 1, 2020.
    • If you only have a paper copy of your appraisal, we encourage you to reach out to your lender or the appraisal company to get a digital copy to submit with your appeal form.
  • A copy of a market analysis from a local real estate agent representative of market conditions as of January 1, 2020.
    • If you do not have a copy, we encourage you to reach out to your realtor and ask them to send you a digital copy to submit with your appeal form. 
  • Photos of the interior or exterior of your home that show deferred maintenance area as of January 1, 2020 – electronic copies preferred.
  • Photos of the interior or exterior of your home that show a certain feature that we have listed on our Property Record Card was not present as of January 1, 2020.

Commercial Property Owners:

  • A copy of an appraisal representative of market conditions as of January 1, 2020.
    • If you only have a paper copy of your appraisal, we encourage you to reach out to your lender or the appraisal company to get a digital copy to submit with your appeal form.
  • Photos of the interior or exterior of the property that show it is not currently rentable or usable as of January 1, 2020.
  • Rent roll as of January 1, 2020.
  • Income and expense statement that includes all income and expense data on the property for calendar year 2019.

Step 4: After Appeal Has Been Submitted

4A: Board of Assessors

Appeals received prior to the filing deadline of May 18 June 8, 2020 will be reviewed by a property appraiser and the appraiser’s determination will be reviewed by the Board of Assessors. The Board of Assessors reviews all appeals and makes necessary changes to arrive at market value. The Board of Assessors will send a written notice of their determination.

4B: Board of Review - Optional

If you do not agree with the Board of Assessor’s determination, you may ask the Board of Review Clerk for a Board of Review hearing.

Due to the present COVID-19 restrictions, the Board of Review hearing meeting format is being reviewed. The Board of Review clerk will contact you and provide you with information regarding the process and appeal date.

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue Board of Review Calendar will be updated if meeting dates change.  If you would like to be contacted when any Wisconsin municipality posts its dates/times or makes a change to their dates/time, you can provide an email address on this page.

City of Milwaukee Department of Administration Director Sharon Robinson 

Steve Miner, Assessment Commissioner


 414-286-3651


Web Request: Ask the Assessor


@ Assessor@milwaukee.gov


 City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Room 507, Milwaukee, WI 53202


 Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:45 PM


 

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