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What is the Board of Review
The Board of Review is made up of 5 citizens appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Common Council. It is the Board's duty to hear verbal testimony presented by the taxpayer, the assessor’s office and other expert witnesses. Cross-examination may occur by the Board or by parties in attendance.

The Board’s responsibility is to consider the evidence presented to determine whether the assessment calculated by the Assessor is incorrect.

State law places the burden of proof on the property owner under 70.47(8)(i) to demonstrate through sworn testimony that the assessor’s value is not correct. Under law, the Assessor’s value is presumed to be correct. The objector must clearly demonstrate that the assessor’s value is in error; a simple demonstration that other potential values are reasonable is not sufficient.

Only relevant verbal testimony given at the hearing will be considered by the Board. Stating that property taxes are too high is not considered relevant testimony. Exhibits may also be entered into evidence to support any verbal testimony that is provided.

Frequently Asked Assessor Questions

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1. What does an Assessor do?
2. How does the assessor value property?
3. What if I think my assessment might not be correct?
4. How do I know if my assessment is fair?
5. If after discussing my assessment with the Assessor's office staff I still think the assessment is not correct, what should I do?
6. What is the Board of Review
7. What happens after the Board of Review makes its decision?
8. What is a "Valid" or Market Sale?
9. Do the market values of all properties change at the same rate and over the same time frame?
10. Why do assessors avoid considering foreclosure or estate sales when calculating assessments.
11. What is a Revaluation?
12. Will I be notifieed if there is a change in my assessment?
13. How can my assessment change when I havn't done anything to my property.
14. Can my assessment change in the years between citywide revaluations?
15. What will happen to my assessment if I improve my property?
16. I have recently built a new home. Will cost to build my property be considered when my assessment is calculated?
17. I have a refinance appraisal- Will you change my assessment to the appraiser's value?