Each municipality in Wisconsin must hold an Open Book and Board of Review (BOR) session.
West Milwaukee to update assessment values for 2024.
The Village’s statutory Assessor, Associated Appraisal Consultants, will be conducting a revaluation of all properties in 2024 for the purpose of updating all assessed values to reflect current market conditions.
Wisconsin laws require periodic revaluations to keep assessment levels at or very near actual market values. The basic objective of a revaluation is to achieve equity and uniformity in the assessments, so each property bears only its fair share of the property tax burden based on its market value. The last time the Village’s assessments were updated to market value was in 2015. Since the last revaluation, the level and uniformity of assessments have gradually eroded, and a revaluation is required to remain in compliance with the law’s requirements. Based on the assessor’s latest estimates, the Village’s assessment values are averaging approximately 30% below recent sale prices.
It is important to understand that no additional tax revenue will be generated or collected because of the revaluation. Following a revaluation, the property tax burden is redistributed based on all properties being assessed at current market values. This means you will not automatically pay more in property taxes purely due to a higher assessment. The differences in taxes paid by property owners are the result of assessments that changed more or less than the average increase Village-wide.
The assessed values of all taxable properties in the village will be updated to reflect current market conditions at 100% market value. Notices of changed assessment will be distributed when the property reviews are complete and new assessed values are determined for each property. Property owners will have an opportunity to discuss the assessed values with an Associated Appraisal representative during the Open Book process. After the Open Book process, any property owner who still disagrees with their new assessment value after speaking with an assessor will have the opportunity to appeal an assessment to the Board of Review. The notice of assessment will contain the dates and times of the Open Book and Board of Review meetings along with an insert containing helpful information about the revaluation.
The 2023 Board of Review is scheduled for June 1, 2023.
Please see the attached notice for details:
Open Book and Board of Review sessions generally take place late May to mid-June; however, some may occur later.
- Open Book – takes place first. During this session, the municipality’s assessment roll (which lists all the municipality’s properties) is open for examination. The property owner can informally discuss the property value with the local assessor. If the property value is changed at Open Book, the assessor corrects the assessment roll.
- Board of Review – if the property owner is not satisfied with the assessment after attending Open Book, the property owner can bring his/her appeal to the BOR. The Board schedules assessment appeals requiring property owners to provide evidence proving the assessment is incorrect. After review, if the Board agrees with the property owner’s evidence, it can change the assessment.
Board Overview: The Board of Review is established by State Statute. The Board hears appeals regarding assessed property values set by the Village Assessor and also performs certain procedural functions in approving the Village Assessment Roll.
Meetings: State law (sec. 70.47(1), Wis. Stats.) requires the BOR to meet annually during a 45-day period, starting the fourth Monday of April. Additional meetings may be held according to need.
The 2022 Board of Review was held on April 27, 2022.
Forms and documents:
In 2015 a full walk-through revaluation was completed.
When does the BOR meet?
The first meeting of the Board of Review now must occur at any time during the 45-day period beginning on the 4th Monday of April. If the assessment roll is not completed, the BOR will adjourn to some future date.
If you received a Notice of Changed Assessment, the time, date, and place of the BOR meeting will be printed on it. However, to be certain, contact your municipal clerk to find out when the BOR will be held or the date to which it is adjourned.
To contact the Village Assessor, please call (800) 721-4157.
It is strongly recommended that residents wishing to appear before the Board speak with the Assessor or his representative before filling out an Objection Form.