What We Do
The duty of the Assessor's Office is to discover, list, and value residential, commercial, agricultural, and business personal property. This information is recorded on each year’s assessment roll.
The City of Fitchburg revalues all real and personal property annually in accordance with Chapter 70 of the Wisconsin State Statutes and under the authority of ss. 943.13 and 943.15. All properties are reviewed and revalued as of January 1 of each new year. If the property value is changed from the previous year, a notice of changed assessment indicating the new assessed value will be sent to the property owner. Dates and times for Open Book and Board of Review will be provided on the notice of assessment.
The purpose of an assessment is to assure that all property in the city is valued fairly and equitably as required by law. Many individuals, such as property owners, prospective buyers, appraisers, real estate agents, builders, title companies, and government agencies may utilize this information for various reasons.
General assessment information for properties in Dane County, such as ownership and a property's assessed value are posted on Access Dane. Lot sizes can be found by selecting the DCiMap option, clicking in the blue 'Identify' button and then on the parcel.
Specific information for properties located in the City of Fitchburg (square footage, year of construction, etc.) can be obtained at the Assessor Data web site or by calling the Assessing Department's main line at 608-270-4235.
Calculating Property Taxes
Generally speaking, property taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value by the mill rate (tax rate). The assessor assigns the assessed value to the property, however the mill rate is controlled by the budgets of the school districts, technical colleges, and at the state, county, and local levels. The assessor is not involved with establishing mill rates or in the collection of taxes. If you have questions about the value of your property, please feel free to contact us.
Manufacturing property is not assessed at the local level. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue assesses all manufacturing property in the State of Wisconsin.