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The City of Wauwatosa begins calculation of the tax rate when three major components are finalized – final overall assessment values, certified tax levies from each taxing jurisdiction and tax credit information from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Only then, can the mill rate calculation be made.
The final Statement of Assessments is not typically completed until mid November.
The tax levies from the individual taxing jurisdictions, which include the State of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County, City of Wauwatosa, MATC, Metro Sewer District and the Wauwatosa School District, are finalized in mid to late November.
The Department of Revenue has a deadline of November 20 to communicate all tax credit and estimated state aid information to the City of Wauwatosa.
Previous rates were:2013 - $23.74*/thousand of assessed value2012 - $22.70*/thousand of assessed value2011 - $21.91*/thousand of assessed value 2010 - $21.84*/thousand of assessed value2009 - $21.15*/thousand of assessed value2008 - $20.32*/thousand of assessed value2007 - $20.03*/thousand of assessed value2006 - $19.28*/thousand of assessed value 2005 - $26.08*/thousand of assessed value
* These amounts are rounded to the nearest cent.
City Website: Payments can be made using either a credit card or e-check option. Taxpayers can utilize this payment option from Wauwatosa property tax web portal, which is accessible by either clicking either the Property Tax or the Online Bill Pay button on the home page of the website. The taxpayers should follow the on screen instructions to display the tax information page for the property and then click 'Make an Online Payment' button. User fees do apply. Credit card fees are 2.39% of the transaction, while e-checks are $1.50 for a transaction under $10,000 and $5 for a transaction over $10,000. Once the payment process is completed, the taxpayer will receive an e-mail confirmation and the transaction will be displayed on the web portal in pending status with a receipt date equal to the date the transaction was completed.
24 Hour Night Depository: Payments can also be placed in the 24-hour depository located on the southwest end of city hall near the employee entrance. A deposit made prior to midnight will be receipted using that day’s date.
In Person: Payments can be made in person by cash or check during posted business hours. Please bring tax bill so that receipt information can be validated directly onto the bill. As a courtesy to your fellow taxpayers, please have checks prepared prior to appearing at the collection window.
Make a Website Property Tax Payment
Go to the Wauwatosa Property Tax Web Portal
Additionally, the Treasurer's Office can take in-person credit card payments for property taxes during business hours. The same user fees above apply.
Make A Website Payment
Second, it would be extremely cost prohibitive for the City to absorb these fees. If the City were to absorb the 2.39% charge, this would equate to a $239,000 expense for each $10 million in taxes collected. As a reference, the City collects approximately $125 million in property taxes annually. As about 70% of the City budget is funded through property taxes, in essence it is primarily other taxpayers who would be funding this expense. Hence, the fees are passed off to those who utilize the service.
Again, our office strongly urges taxpayers not to use this method, but if the taxpayer does they should know the following:
- the taxpayer's bank will produce and mail a physical check- the taxpayer should not use the PO Box as the address, but rather the 7725 W. North Avenue address so that this physical check gets sent directly to the Treasurer's Office- the taxpayer should allow ample processing and mailing time, a minimum of 5 business days, for the payment to arrive at the Treasurer's Office- finally and most importantly, the payment will be receipted on the day it was received at the Treasurer's Office (not the date it was initiated by the taxpayer on their bank website) - the taxpayer bears responsibiltiy (or entrusts their bank) to ensure timely payment.
Additionally, some of the larger national banks receive Wauwatosa's tax information electronically through a third party vendor, Escrow Pro. The taxpayer can monitor the status of the payment using the Escrow Pro website which is linked to the City website. For a list of participating banks and more information, please access the Escrow Pro section of the City Treasurer webpage. Again, the taxpayer is responsible for knowing the terms and conditions surrounding the payment of the property taxes by their mortgage company.
Once the payment is made, the Wauwatosa Web Portal will reflect the transaction.
Payments received from a private courier such as Fed Ex or UPS are not considered postmarked on the date sent, rather are receipted on the date received by our office.
The 1st installment is calculated by: Take the net tax prior to the lottery credit and first dollar credit, subtract (if applicable) the first dollar credit, add any special assessments (listed as street improvements, sidewalk, alley, resurface work), and multiply by 34%.Take that amount and add any delinquent utility, interest and any other special charges. Subtract (if applicable) the lottery credit.
The 2nd and 3rd installments are calculated by:Take the net tax prior to the lottery credit and first dollar credit, subtract (if applicable) the first dollar credit, add any special assessments (listed as street improvements, sidewalk, alley, resurface work), and multiply by 33%.
The state school tax levy credit provides direct relief to taxpayers by reducing the amount owed on their property tax bills. The school levies credit is allocated to municipalities based on their share of statewide school levies during the previous three years. Municipalities allocate the credit to individual taxpayers in proportion to the taxpayer's share of the municipality's total assessed value.
The first dollar credit is paid to the owner of any real estate parcel on which at least one improvement owned by the land owner is located. The credit equals the school property tax on a certain amount of the value of the improvements. The “credit value” is calculated every year by the Department of Revenue. If the value of the parcel exceeds the “credit value”, a full credit is paid. However, if the value of the parcel is less than the “credit value”, the credit is paid on the actual value of the parcel.
The lottery and gaming credit provides direct property tax relief to homeowners as a credit on their property tax bills. In August 1991, the lottery tax credit was created to distribute most of the lottery's net proceeds to property taxpayers. Beginning with the 1999/00 property tax year, the Legislature amended the law so that the credit would be paid only on primary residences.
Once you receive the lottery credit on your tax bill it will be issued yearly and you do not need to reapply for it. However, if you become ineligible for the lottery credit (for example, if a property is no longer your primary residence), you need to fill out a lottery and gaming credit removal request. This form is located at: http://www.revenue.wi.gov/forms/lottery/lc-400.pdf
Because of the volume of property owners who request reviews, the City Assessor has established a standard process for the reviews. More information on the process can be found on the City Assessor section of the city website.
After July 31st, delinquent taxes should be paid to the Milwaukee County Treasurer, 901 N. 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233. The phone number for the Milwaukee County Treasurer is (414) 278-4033.
To gain Overnight Parking permission-Option 1: From a LANDLINE, permission can be obtained by calling 1 (900) 388-2800 prior to 3:00 am. The 900 number is $1.50 per call.Option 2: In addition, you may prefer to call the non-emergency number at (414) 471-8430.
Overnight Parking Permission is limited to: * guests* stalled vehicles* vehicles affected by a construction project which makes off street parking impossible
Overnight parking is available in the Hart Park Lane Parking Area as provided by sec.11.32.300 of the code of the City of Wauwatosa, between 2:00 am and 6:00 am. A parking permit is required. You may purchase this parking permit at the treasurer’s office in City Hall.
Where to purchase:
• Treasurer’s office• Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission office located at 3839 W Burnham St West Milwaukee, WI 53215. • You may apply for licenses online through the MADACC website (www.madacc.com) • Mail in a Pet License Application to MADACC. The City of Wauwatosa does not issue licenses through mail.
For more information, please contact the treasurer’s office at (414) 479-8960.
BOERNER BOTANICAL GARDENSVISITOR CENTERWHITNALL PARK9400 BOERNER DRIVE(414) 525-5601 | phoneWinter: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Mon. - Fri.)Summer: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm (Sun. - Sat.)
WILSON RECREATIONCENTERWilson Park4001 S. 20th Street(414) 281-6289 | phoneHours: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Sun. - Sat.)