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The City solicited proposals during the Fall 2016 for assessment services including a full revaluation for assessments in 2018. Musser Appraisal Services provided the most comprehensive analysis with the most affordable solution.
No, you are not required or forced to let an assessor into your home. If you choose to not allow the assessor into your home, the evidence allowed at Board of Review (if a homeowner wishes to contest the assessment) may be limited.
When an interior inspection is not allowed, the assessor will attempt to update the records by looking at the outside of the property and use of any other available information. To ensure an accurate assessment, it is to the homeowner’s advantage to allow the assessor inside your property when an inspection is requested. Due to the Supreme Court decision in the Milewski v. Town of Dover case, the Department of Revenue is still determining what evidence could be presented in a Board of Review hearing. If a homeowner allows the assessor to do an interior inspection, the type of evidence will not be as restricted.
To make a proper assessment on a building, it is desirable for the assessor to see the inside and the outside of the property. The law requires that property be valued from actual view or the best information available. The assessor keeps records on the physical characteristics of each property in the municipality. Even though the assessor may have been unable to go through your property, the assessment will still be reviewed, based on the existing records and the sales of similar properties.
Wisconsin Law requires market value assessment of all property. The City of Milton revalues all property each year to keep pace with changes in the market. During a revaluation all assessments are examined and adjustments are made where necessary to guarantee that all property is assessed uniformly. This is done to assure that taxes are distributed equitably and uniformly.
Unattached Garages add less value than attached garages by about 25%.
Sheds add value only if they are site built and of a substantial nature with a foundation and made of wood. Metal or PVC sheds you buy at a home improvement store or other location do not add value.
Gazebos add value to the property.
Above Ground Pools add no value.
In Ground Pools add value, but only about 35% of the actual cost to put one in.
Landscaping, trees, and shrubs are not considered. It is assumed everyone has landscaping, trees, and/or shrubs. Value is not added for exceptional landscaping; however, wooded area on a lot does add value.
The assessor is a State certified individual whose duties are to discover, list, and place a value on all taxable real and personal property in the city, in a uniform manner. The assessor is not involved in the collection of property taxes.
No, driveway surfacing is not considered.
Fences are not considered in the property valuation.
There is a process called “Open Book” in which you can schedule an appointment with Musser Appraisal Service. The dates have not been finalized yet, but will be in June 2018. If you still disagree with the assessment after discussing it with Musser Appraisal Service, you can present a case before the Board of Review. The date will be in most likely be in July 2018.
Wisconsin Law requires property assessments based on fair market value. Estimating the market value of your property is a matter of determining the price a typical buyer would pay for it in its present condition. Some factors the assessor considers are: what similar properties are selling for, what it would cost to replace your property, the rent it may earn, and any other factors that affect value. IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THE ASSESSOR DOES NOT CREATE THIS VALUE, BUT RATHER INTERPRETS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE MARKET PLACE.
Market value is defined as the amount a typical, well-informed purchaser would be willing to pay for a property. The seller and buyer must be unrelated, the seller must be willing, but not under pressure to sell, and the buyer must be willing, but not under any obligation to buy. The property must be on the market for a reasonable length of time, the payment must be in cash or its equivalent, and the financing must be typical for that type of property. If all of these conditions are present, this would be a market value, “arm's-length” sale.
Just as in many other fields, computers are useful in the assessment process. Assessors are trained to look for relationships between property characteristics and market value. By coding these characteristics and studying sales prices, assessors can estimate value by developing formulas and models. Computers are much faster and are capable of advanced analysis in this area. But despite these capabilities, common sense and assessor judgment are always required to verify assessments. Assessors most familiar with the neighborhoods and properties review all assessments.
Generally speaking, improvements that increase the market value of a property will increase the assessed value. The following are typical items that will increase the assessed value of your property: Added rooms or garages, Replacing asbestos or wood siding with aluminum or vinyl siding, Substantial modernization of kitchens or baths, Central air conditioning, Fireplaces, Extensive remodeling, etc.
Good maintenance will help retain the market value of your property. Generally, your assessment will not be increased for individual minor repairs such as those that follow; however, a combination of several of these items could result in an increased assessment. Repairing concrete walks and driveways, Replacing gutters and downspouts, Replacing hot water heater, Repairing or replacing roof, Repairing porches and steps, Repairing original siding, Patching or repairing interior walls and ceilings, Exterior painting, Replacing electrical fixtures, Replacing furnaces, Exterior awnings and shutters, Weather stripping, screens, storm windows, doors, Exterior landscaping including lawns, shrubbery, trees, flowers.
General economic conditions such as interest rates, inflation rates, supply and demand, and changes in tax laws, will influence the value of real estate. As property values change in the market place, those changes must be reflected on the assessment roll.
There are differences between individual properties and between neighborhoods. In one area the sales may indicate a substantial increase in value in a given year. In another neighborhood there may be no change in value, or even a decrease in property values. Different types of properties within the same neighborhood may also show different value changes. For example, one-story houses may be more in demand than two-story houses, or vice-versa. Older homes in the same area may be rising in value more slowly than newer homes. There are numerous factors to be considered in each property which will cause the values to differ. Some of the factors which can affect value are location, condition, size, quality, number of baths, basement finish, garages, and many others.
You should first attempt to decide for yourself what your property is worth. This can be done by looking at area sales, contacting appraisers, and comparing assessments of similar homes. Sales and assessment information will be available in the on the City’s website in late 2017, once the interior inspections are completed.
Wisconsin law requires that whenever an assessment is changed the owner must be notified. It is anticipated that Musser Appraisal Service will send notification to all property owners of the new assessment in April/May 2018.
The new assessment will be reflected on the 2018 tax bill (sent in December 2018).
The assessor has several dates available when you call and they are trying to provide evening and weekend appointments. If the dates they are booking out do not fit your schedule, leave your name and phone number with them and they will contact you when they know of other dates that will be available. They will be scheduling appointments through at least the end of 2017.
You can call 608-931-8561 and provide them with your address.