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City of Milwaukee Board of Review Extends Property Tax Notice of Assessment Objection/Appeal Deadline to June 8, 2020

By: Christopher J. Jaekels and Ryan M. Spott

On Friday, May 15, 2020, the City of Milwaukee Board of Review voted to extend the deadline for filing assessment objections for 3 weeks to Monday, June 8, 2020, at 4:45 p.m. The Board of Review extended the deadline to assist residential property owners, many of whom saw assessment increases, additional time to review their assessments, and communicate with City assessors in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Milwaukee previously made changes to its “Open Book” review process, with which in-person Open Book review is not available to property owners and communications via the web, email, or phone is encouraged (see our May 5th article, City of Milwaukee Property Tax Notice of Assessment Objection/Appeal Deadline).  The 3-week extension will allow residents additional time to review their assessments and navigate the Open Book review process and will allow assessors time to process the 5,171 objection forms (up from 2,085 objections in 2019) the Assessor’s Office has already received.

If you have received a Notice of Assessment increase and desire to object to the increase, contact your Davis|Kuelthau attorney, the authors linked above, or the related practice group co-chairs linked here. Other municipalities release their Notices of Assessment at varying times throughout the year and have varying deadlines for objection, and we would be happy to review Assessments from other municipalities, as well, when they arrive.

We will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and provide guidance to businesses via our Coronavirus Legal and Business Resource hub.