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No. In 2010 the State of Wisconsin set limits on the amounts taxing jurisdictions can impose each year. Currently those limits restrict taxing jurisdictions ability to increases taxes to the percentage of net new construction. This includes new houses and building projects that added completely new value to the Village. There are exceptions to the levy limit that include new debt service, annexations, and a variety of other exceptions. The full list of exceptions can be found in Wisconsin State Statute 66.0602(3).
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The Village contracts with Accurate Appraisal for all assessment services. All notices from Accurate Appraisal should contain their logo:
If you are unsure if a letter/document received is legitimate, please contact Accurate Appraisal directly at 800-770-3927 or the Village Administration office at 608-838-3153.
The Village conducts full value maintenance. This means that every property has their assessed value reviewed annually and potentially changed based on market conditions. This ensures that the village maintains 100% value each year and stays up on current market conditions. This means every property has their property value looked at annually and adjusted for market conditions.
Not necessarily. There two components that drive your tax bill: your assessed value and how much each taxing jurisdiction imposes. Essentially assessed value tells us how to distribute the taxes. If everyone’s assessed value goes up 3%, and the amount of taxes imposed by each jurisdiction stays the same, everyone’s taxes remain the same.
In 2017 the Village of Sparta has three houses does their full value maintenance and assessed value are as follows:
If the Village of Sparta’s tax levy for the year is $300, here is what the property taxes look like on those same three houses:
This breaks down as follows:
In 2018, the Village of Sparta does their full value maintenance and assessed value go up as follows:
If the Village of Sparta’s tax levy for the year is again $300, here is what the property taxes look like on those same three houses:
The example illustrates two important points:
Yes. State Statute requires property owners be sent a notice indicating any changes in property value.
Yes. The Village’s contracted Assessor, Accurate Appraisal, sends a sales questionnaire to recent sales of residential properties. Additionally for the sale of commercial property, they will send a questionnaire to both the buyer and seller; view an Example Sales Questionnaire Letter (DOC). If you have questions about the questionnaire, or want to verify the letter is legitimate, contact Accurate Appraisal directly at 800-770-3927.
Yes. Each tax bill includes a section on the additional taxes, and how long the referendum will be on the taxes.
The Village recommends each and every resident review their notice of assessed value every year in the Spring. If you have any questions about your assessment, or want to understand how it was calculated, make an appointment to sit down with the assessor at Open Book. Each year the Village holds two days in which the assessor is available to sit down with you and review your assessment. This is also your informal opportunity to dispute your assessment or review the assessment for errors. The assessor can correct your value at Open Book. Your change of assessment notice will contain information on making an appointment.
If you have any questions about this process, contact the Clerk/Treasurer at 608-838-3153. If, after Open Book, you still do not agree with your assessment, you will want to schedule a hearing to appear before the Board of Review to present your case.
Your assessed value is comprised of two parts, land value and improvement value. The land value refers to the value of the land, and the improvement value refers to an improvements or structures on the property such as a house or a shed. So an increase in your improvement value often means market conditions have indicated those improvements, such as your house, are now worth more.