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Special Assessments
Definition
Special assessments are charges for a portion of the cost of street, alley, drive approach, and sidewalk improvements that are assessed, per State Statute, to abutting properties by action of the Board of Public Works and the Common Council.

Notification Process
The notification process is as follows:
  1. As prescribed by State Statute, owners of property abutting a proposed street or alley improvement are first notified of the city's intent to make such an improvement and are informed of the date on which a public hearing before the Common Council will be held
  2. A public hearing is held and the Common Council votes at their next meeting on proceeding with the proposed improvements
  3. Property owners are notified of Common Council action and the estimated cost of the improvement

Billing
Property owners are billed for improvements in late February / early March of the year following that in which the work is done (i.e., bills for work done in 2009 would be issued in February / March 2010; work done in 2010 would be billed in 2011, etc.).

Payment Options (After Bills Are Issued)
  • Payment by the due date (30 days after billing date) without interest
  • Payment by November 1 of the billing year without interest (subject to filing of a provided form by the due date)
  • Installment payments of principal and interest added to the property tax bill over a five-year period

Contact
For more information about special assessments, please contact the Treasurer's Office
at (414) 479-8960.  |  Email  

For more information about your special assessment project, please contact the Engineering Department at (414) 479-8927.  |  Email

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