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2023 Open Book Session

The open book session is a period of time scheduled prior to the Board of Review to view the property assessment rolls, sale information, and/or speak with an appraiser regarding your assessment. If you would like to discuss your assessment, please contact us during these dates.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 through Wednesday, June 7, 2023. Weekdays only from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

2023 Board of Review

Board of Review is a quasi- judicial appeal process. To schedule an appointment, please contact the City Clerk at least 48 hours prior to the start of Board of Review. The City Clerk will provide you with the required paperwork.

Friday, June 23, 2023.  8:30 a.m.

2023 Maintenance Assessment Year

Assessments fall into two broad categories, maintenance and revaluation. Maintenance consists of utilizing the assessment roll from the previous year and updating values to the current level of assessment when changes warrant. Examples of changes include new construction, combining or splitting of parcels, remodeling, demolition, annexation and zoning changes, changes in classification, and other occurrences that might affect value or the attributes of the parcel. These changes may, or may not, result in a change in value; nonetheless each of these requires the Property Record Card (PRC) to be updated.

In a revaluation, we still review all the changes that occur in a maintenance cycle except we complete additional steps. We analyze economic changes and apply market updates to set assessments at fair market values.

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. To view the 2022 Assessor's Annual Report,  here.

The City of Fitchburg values all real and personal property 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 valued 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. 

Assessment Information

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.

Ownership information is posted on Access Dane.

Navigating Assessment Information

You can find a video explaining how to navigate the City of Fitchburg Assessing page and the Quick Links here.

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.

To easily search the documents, use "Ctrl F" to search by parcel number, address, or street. 


We view properties for various reasons: 

  • Sale reviews

  • Changes due to Building Permits

  • Fire damage and/or repairs

  • Owner request for review

  • Periodic reviews, etc.

If you receive a letter requesting to view your property, please contact the Assessing Department at 608-270-4235 or schedule online at

The following options are available: 

  • An in-person appointment (offered Monday - Friday)

  • An exterior viewing of your property with information on the interior taken verbally outside (offered Monday - Friday)

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. 

A video explaining how taxes are calculated can be found here.

Personal Property

Statement of personal property forms are mailed to business owners at the beginning of each year.  Forms are due back to the city on March 1 of the same year. For detailed instructions on filling out the form, take a look at our Personal Property form video.

Manufacturing Property

Manufacturing property is not assessed at the local level. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue assesses all manufacturing property in the State of Wisconsin.