Under State law, the City’s job is to assign an assessment to each property in a Uniform and Equitable way so that the burden of property tax will be divided fairly between all property owners. Although you pay your annual tax bill to the West Allis Treasurer’s office, the City does not keep most of the money you pay on tax day. In most years, around 2/3rds of each tax bill is passed on to other public entities.
Each autumn six different public entities develop and approve a budget for the upcoming year. Each “taxing authority” must decide what services they will provide in the coming year and how much money they will need to provide those services.
Once these budgets are approved, a “rate of tax” is calculated that will generate the tax dollars needed to meet each approved budget. Your total property tax is then calculated by multiplying the tax rate by your assessment.
West Allis property owners contribute tax dollars to meet the annual budget demands of 6 taxing authorities; the State of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County, the City of West Allis, the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District and Milwaukee Area Technical College.