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Milwaukee's District 14 hosting property assessments town hall

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Posted at 5:13 AM, May 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-09 08:00:29-04

MILWAUKEE — Homeowners throughout the City of Milwaukee have received their property assessments, with many seeing an increase.

This has left a lot of homeowners with questions about what this means for the value of their homes, taxes, and more.

For those living in District 14, which includes Bay View, Port of Milwaukee and Polonia, tonight’s virtual town hall will allow some time for people to ask their questions about the property assessments.

To register for tonight’s event, click here.

The deadline to appeal is May 16 at 4:45 p.m. You can call 414-286-6565. For more information, visit the Assessor’s Office website.

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If you own your home or property in the City of Milwaukee, you might want to brace yourself. Property assessments get mailed out on Wednesday.

And when you slice open the envelope, you might see a bigger number than you were expecting - and that could mean a future tax increase.

A hot real estate market has home values spiking across the country, and it's the same here in Milwaukee.

In the Sherman Park neighborhood, the new assessment shows property values are up nearly 32 percent in the 7th District. That's the highest in the city.

Compare that to the average increase in assessed value for a residential property in Milwaukee, which went up 17.7 percent this year.

It's increasing in every city district, from a 10 percent jump on up to more than 30.

Now, the bottom line is this: officials say that does not mean your taxes will go up that same amount.

It depends on the tax levy, which will get set in the summer. And you won't officially know until you get your tax bill in December.

"A good rule of thumb is if your assessment is lower than general city wide average, then you shouldn't experience an increase in taxes," said Milwaukee Commissioner of Assessments, Nicole Larsen.

For the first time this year, you can do online. Before you do that, call the appraiser hotline at 414-286-6565.

More information can be found on the city's website.

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