City of
Madison

District 1

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney,
Council Vice President

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Drive
Madison , WI 53719

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

Update from City Treasurer - Tax Bills

December 17, 2017 9:17 AM

First, allow me to apologize for the e-mails and phone calls you might have gotten regarding the tax bills. If you received one-tenth of what we in the treasurer's office have gotten, you got a number of them. In this e-mail, I want to update you on the status and give an abbreviated explanation.

All of the tax bills will have been printed by this afternoon, and the majority will be in the mail today, December 15th. This compares to 2014, 2015, and 2016 when, by coincidence, the bills were put in the mail on December 8th. (The statutory requirement is that they be mailed by the third Monday--this year, December 18th.) In addition, the tax information will be on our website by the end of the day TODAY.

Calculation of the tax and creation of the bills is a multi-step process involving the treasurer, the assessor, the Finance Department and IT. At various steps during the process, we do checks to make sure that the information is correct. If we find at any step that our numbers aren't correct, we need to identify and correct the problem before we can proceed. Sometimes the mistake is easy to identify, but on other occasions it may take hours or even days to find the problem and correct it. In the ten years I have overseen this process, we have had years where we have found no mistakes. More commonly, we encounter a problem, identify it, and correct it. This year, we encountered multiple problems. Some problems were easy, a couple took a lot of detective work. While my "soft" deadline was once again December 8th, it is better to make sure that taxpayers get a correct bill, regardless of the time it might take.

I would be happy to give any of you a more detailed "blow by blow" explanation if you wish. Just give me a call.

Dave Gawenda, Treasurer

City of Madison

608-266-4772

 




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