How does my assessment affect taxes?
The assessment is one-third of the information used to calculate your tax bill. The other two-thirds are the Tax-Rate and the Tax Levy.

Your Assessment and the overall Tax-Rate move together like they are on a teeter-totter, staying in balance in order to equal the total amount of taxes your elected officials voted to spend (Tax Levy).

If the Levy stays the same and all Assessments go up, the Tax-Rate will GO DOWN to compensate.

If the Levy stays the same and all Assessments go down, the Tax-Rate will GO UP to compensate.

If they vote to increase the Total Tax Levy, everybody’s taxes go up to compensate.

In a Revaluation, if your assessment changes about the same percentage as everybody else, your taxes should not change any more than they did the year before, as long as spending has not gone up dramatically.

There are 6 taxing authorities that approve a budget each year that together become the Tax Levy:
Common Council, School Board, MATC Board, MMSD Board, County Board & State Legislature

Over time, just as the price of gas, groceries, electricity and insurance goes up, so do the costs of picking up trash, educating our kids, cleaning our water and running our jails.

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1. What does an Assessor Do?
2. What are property taxes for?
3. What do the terms on the tax bill mean?
4. What is a Revaluation?
5. What is a “valid” or Market Sale?
6. How do I know if my assessment is fair?
7. I have recently built a new home. Will cost to build my property be considered when my assessment is calculated?
8. The Estimated Fair Market Value shown on my tax bill is more than I think my house is worth, what do I do?
9. Does the location of my property influence its value?
10. If after discussing my assessment with the Assessor’s office staff I still think the assessment is not correct, what should I do?
11. What happens if you review my property after I buy it or take out a building permit; if you discover something that isn’t on your records, will my assessment increase?
12. Can my assessment change in the years between citywide revaluations?
13. Can the assessment on my property be changed even if the assessor has not been inside my property?
14. How can my assessment change when I haven't done anything to my property?
15. Will I be notified if there is a change in my assessment?
16. I just purchased my home for less (or more) than the assessed value. Will you change my assessment to match my sale price?
17. The family across the street was foreclosed on by the bank who sold their home for a lot less than the assessed value; isn't that proof my assessment should be lowered?
18. If market values do go down, doesn’t that mean our taxes should decrease along with them?
19. What if I think my assessment might not be Correct?
20. Why am I paying taxes on an assessment that's higher than my property is worth?
21. How does the assessor value property?
22. I have a refinance appraisal – Will you change my assessment to the appraiser’s value?
23. Why do assessors avoid considering foreclosure or estate sales when calculating assessments?
24. What will happen to my assessment if I improve my property?
25. Will my assessment go up if I repair my property?
26. How does my assessment affect taxes?
27. Do the market values of all properties change at the same rate and over the same time frame?
28. What happens after the Board of Review makes its decision?
29. What is the Board of Review?
30. What is the Board of Review and what evidence do I need to present during a hearing?
31. I have heard that property values have gone down dramatically all across the Country recently, how does West Allis compare?