The assessment on your property was determined by the Town
Assessor as of January 1 of this year. The law requires that the
Assessor arrive at the assessment from actual view or the best
information obtainable. Under Wisconsin Statutes, the values
arrived at by the Assessor are presumed correct until proven
otherwise, which burden of proof is upon the taxpayer. The Assessor
is obligated by law to notify the property owner if there is an
increase or decrease in assessed valuation from the previous
It is up to each property owner to find out what his/her
assessment is and take action if he/she feels the assessment is
inequitable. If you are not satisfied with the assessment of your
property, do something about it now. Taking action next January at
tax time is too late. The Board of Review can only hear objections
for the current assessment year.
You must file a written objection form with the Town Clerk at
least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the Board of Review
meeting (unless waived by both parties) before your case can be
heard. The questions on the form will help the Board of Review
members when they review your case. After your form has been filed
with the Town Clerk, you will receive notice as to when your case
will be heard.
The Board of Review meets annually for an organizational session
and generally reconvenes at a later date. The date will be posted
at the Grand Chute Town Hall, Fire Station #1, and Woodman's
Grocery Store, as well as published in the Post-Crescent
no less than fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting.
After the reading of the written objection form, you must orally
present your case. This means that you must tell the Board of
Review in your own words why you believe the assessment of your
property is in error. This is your chance to tell the Board of
Review your complete story.
Do plan on being fully prepared to present your case, including
the presentation of your witness to collaborate the circumstances
involved in your objection. I.e., if you are basing your objection
on a prior year transaction, be prepared to present documentation
substantiating that purchase (to prove an arms length transaction).
The Board of Review members can only act on sworn oral testimony
presented to them at the Board of Review meeting proving the
assessment is in error. The Board of Review may call in witnesses
to support or deny the assessment.
Do not try to question the Assessor first. State law says: "The
taxpayer shall first be heard."
Do speak slowly and clearly. Remember that what you say is being
taken down by a recorder or stenographer.
Do not say, "the taxes are too high" on my property. This is not
evidence that the assessment is too high. The Board of Review deals
only with assessments, not taxes.
Please contact the Town Clerk with any questions.
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