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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Village Assessor Update - Open Book 8/25 and Board of Review 9/15

Each spring, the Village Assessor provides an assessed value of each property in the Village for property tax purposes. By law, the  assessed values must reflect as near as possible the “market value” of the property as of January 1st of the current year.  Residents will be able to view the Tax Assessment Roll for all properties in Richfield beginning the week of August 17th, 2020, at Village Hall from 8 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday or on the Village’s website. If your assessment has changed from the  previous year, the  Assessor will mail a “Notice of Assessment”  to notify you of the changed  assessment and provide you with instructions on how to make an  appeal.  If you have questions or concerns about your assessment, you are encouraged to speak to the Assessor at any time. Property owners may meet with the Assessor at the upcoming Open Book meeting to  discuss their assessment and review the publicly  available assessment roll. Most assessment  concerns are resolved at the Open Book. Any resident that does not agree with their assessment and cannot have it resolved at the Open Book is given the opportunity to make a formal objection to the Board of Review. The Board of Review, a panel of seven (7) Richfield residents who have been trained by the State to hear such  cases, will have a  meeting on September 25, 2020 in the Lower Level of Village Hall to hear formal objections. 

UPCOMING DATES

Open Book : August 25th, from 3 PM—7 PM

Prior to the Open Book, property owners will receive a Notice of Assessment if their assessment has changed from last year. The Open Book is your time to sit down with the Assessor one-on-one to discuss your assessment here at Village Hall.  The  Assessor can explain what factors were considered in determining your assessment value. If you meet with the Assessor and you still do not agree that your assessment is correct, you can appeal the decision to the Board of Review. This must be done at least 48 hours prior to the start of the meeting. 

Board of Review:  September 15th at 5 PM

An appointment is strongly suggested at least 48 hours in advance. Only in extenuating circumstances may the Board of Review hear a case without adequate notice given. There is an “Objection Form” that must be submitted in order to make a formal appeal. Please first contact the Assessor to attempt to resolve your dispute prior to making a formal objection. You may contact Deputy Clerk Donna Cox for more information on how to schedule a hearing at the Board of Review.

Assessor Dean Peters , can be reached via phone at  1-800-721-4157 or by email at  Info@apraz.com. If you would like to review the 2020 Guide for Property Owners follow this link to the Department of Revenue Website:

https://www.revenue.wi.gov/DOR%20Publications/pb060.pdf


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