At the Common Council meeting on May 19, 2020, the Milton Common Council agreed to delay the Citywide Revaluation that was scheduled for 2020. As the City moved further into the COVID-19 shutdown, staff became increasingly concerned about creating additional uncertainty for the residents of Milton. Although, revaluations are a tax neutral process, staff recognized there is always a time gap between the establishment of new property values from a revaluation and its corresponding effect on a resident’s tax bill. Therefore, City staff recommended to the Common Council that the 2020 Citywide Revaluation be delayed for a minimum of one year. The Common Council unanimously agreed with staff’s recommendation and officially took action to delay the 2020 Citywide Revaluation.
City Administrator Al Hulick noted, “There is a great deal of uncertainty in the marketplace in terms of valuations.” Additionally, he noted, “Many residents may be facing hardships and anxiety they have never experienced before and the City wanted to do its part in alleviating some of their anxiety when possible.” Mayor Anissa Welch stated, “I am concerned that many citizens may be at their capacity to handle uncertainty and the City understands and empathizes with those concerns.” Alderperson Theresa Rusch stated, “The City recognizes the hardships that some citizens may be facing and this is one area the City has control over, and, therefore, I believe this is a prudent move for the City to take.” Alderperson Bill Wilson noted, “What this action does, is it buys certainty for our citizens.”
With the delay of the citywide revaluation, the City will only undertake its standard “maintenance” activities involved with assessments. Maintenance entails adjustments based only on sales, improvements, and building permit issuances. The City will reevaluate the possibility of undertaking a citywide revaluation in 2021 or 2022 once there is more clarity in the marketplace and within the local, regional, and national economy.
This action is one of a series of actions the City has undertaken (reduction of certain fees, extension of certain deadlines, hiring freezes, maintaining services, providing additional guidance for reopening, etc.) in order to recognize these uncertain times and assist citizens both financially and logistically to help ease uncertainty in areas within its control.
For additional information contact Al Hulick, City Administrator, at 608-868-6900 or by e-mail at email@example.com.