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Open Book & Assessment Appeals

Assessment Notices

2022 Assessments will be live on our website April 29. We expect assessment notices to be mailed between April 29 and May 2.

Open Book: Correct assessment record with appraiser

The Open Book period is an opportunity to review your property characteristics (e.g. square feet of living area or number of bathrooms) with an appraiser. If there is an error in our assessment records, we can make an adjustment and correct the error during this period.

During this period, our appraisal staff is available to explain the methodology and facts used to determine the assessed value shown on the Assessment Notice.

The 2022 Open Book Period to correct assessment records is May 2 – May 6, 2022.

The deadline for filing an objection form (or providing notice of intent) is Friday, May 13, 2022.

To correct an assessment record, property owners must contact the Assessor's Office:

Timely submission of objection form (or notice of intent) by Friday, May 13, 2022 required to move to Board of Assessors.

Board of Assessors: File an objection to assessed value

Board of Assessors (BOA) is an opportunity to discuss the value of your property. This is particularly important for property owners who believe the market value of their property differs from the assessed value and have information to share with the appraisal staff.

A review of your property by the Board of Assessors requires a timely filed objection form no later than Friday, May 13, 2022.

The 2022 Board of Assessors meetings begin June 1.

Property owners must contact the assessor’s office to timely file an objection (or provide notice of intent) no later than Friday, May 13, 2022:

Steps to File an Appeal

  1. File an Objection

    At the conclusion of open book, if your opinion of value still differs from our assessment, you may file a formal objection. This must be filed by May 13, 2022 at 4:30 pm. Please contact our office at 608-266-4531 or openbook@cityofmadison.com for access to the objection form. Please note that providing your opinion of market value is required.

  2. Board of Assessors

    Per Wis. Stat. § 70.075, all objections to valuations filed are reviewed and processed by the Board of Assessors. Assessments in the City are established through mass appraisal. The objection process triggers an individual appraisal of that property with the Board of Assessors. To that end, the Board reviews all adjustments to arrive at market value.

    The Board of Assessors meets weekly throughout summer and early fall to review the hundreds of objections filed in a City with 90,000 parcels.

  3. Board of Review

    If you disagree with the determination of the Board of Assessors, the final municipal review of assessments is the Board of Review. The Board of Review is a quasi-judicial body comprised of appointed City residents who hear the cases and make final determinations on value. The Board of Review meets as needed throughout mid-summer and early fall.

Additional Filing Requirements for Commercial Properties

In order to proceed through the objection process, commercial property owners (or their authorized agent) must also provide income and expense information pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 70.47(7)(af). This information must be submitted with the Objection Form.

All residential rental properties must complete a gross rent statement and provide it with the Objection Form.

If an agent is representing the property owner, an agent authorization form is required.

Questions

What if I missed the May 13 filing deadline?

If you did not provide notice of intent or file your objection form by 4:30 pm on Friday, May 13, 2022, you will need to request a waiver from the Board of Review.

To request a waiver from the Board of Review, you must appear during the first two hours of the first meeting of the Board of Review. The Board's first meeting is Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 4:30 pm. Incomplete objections cannot be accepted.

What if I have questions about the assessment process?

Please see a brief and informative video on this topic here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4rmbIgsfKo.

Contact Us

If you have any questions during this process, City Assessor staff is happy to provide information and resources to help. Contact us at: