Open Book Session
City of Fitchburg Open Book will be Wednesday, July 22, 2020 through Friday, August 7, 2020 weekdays from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm. City Hall is currently closed due to Covid-19. For questions or to discuss your assessment, please call the Assessing Department main number at (608) 270-4235.
Board of Review
Board of Review will meet Friday, September 18, 2020 at 9:00 am.
2018 Sale Information
We often are asked how we determine assessed value. This is done by analyzing sales that took place in the previous year, reviewing them to determine if they are arms length transactions (willing buyer and willing seller on the open market), and applying market trends to neighborhoods and similar property characteristics. You can find the 2018 valid sales here. To easily search the document, use "Ctrl F" to search by parcel number, address, or street.
This will be updated to reflect 2019 sale information once the 2020 assessment roll is complete.
What We Do
The duty of the Assessor's Office is to discover, list, and value residential, commercial, agricultural, and business personal property. This information is recorded on each year’s assessment roll.
The City of Fitchburg revalues all real and personal property annually in accordance with Chapter 70 of the Wisconsin State Statutes and under the authority of ss. 943.13 and 943.15. All properties are reviewed and revalued as of January 1 of each new year. If the property value is changed from the previous year, a notice of changed assessment indicating the new assessed value will be sent to the property owner. Dates and times for Open Book and Board of Review will be provided on the notice of assessment.
The purpose of an assessment is to assure that all property in the city is valued fairly and equitably as required by law. Many individuals, such as property owners, prospective buyers, appraisers, real estate agents, builders, title companies, and government agencies may utilize this information for various reasons.
Specific information for properties located in the City of Fitchburg (square footage, year of construction, etc.) can be obtained on the Assessor Data web site.
Calculating Property Taxes
Generally speaking, property taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value by the mill rate (tax rate). The assessor assigns the assessed value to the property, however the mill rate is controlled by the budgets of the school districts, technical colleges, and at the county and local levels. The assessor is not involved with establishing mill rates or in the collection of taxes. If you have questions about the value of your property, please feel free to contact us.
Manufacturing property is not assessed at the local level. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue assesses all manufacturing property in the State of Wisconsin.