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Frequently Asked Questions



Real estate markets are falling, why did your assessment increase?

Most revaluations are conducted between 1 and 5 years. The assessor will state (and often correctly) that the real estate market downturn affects only the last 1-2 years however the revaluation extends back 3 -4 years. Thus, your property increased since the last revaluation. At PropertyTaxBill.com, we carefully examine your specific property and the reasons it may not have increased as much as the assessor suggests. We pinpoint the neighborhood, adjacent properties and property issues unique to your property that the assessor may not have considered in their assessment. This additional information assists the assessor in properly valuing your property.

What does the service cost?

PropertyTaxBill.com offers several services. Each service is identified with an image on the top row of our website. Click on the image that represents your property/situation. For example, if you own an apartment building or a shopping center, click on “Commercial Property Tax”. Our pricing is described in the web page of each service provided and includes a pricing example. If you have a question on your property classification, just call us at (262) 569-1800 or email us at info@propertytaxbill.com and we will answer your question.

What is open book?

Open book provides an opportunity for PropertyTaxBill.com to meet with the assessor one on one and review the computations used in calculating the assessment.

What is board of review?

The Board of Review is a quasi-judicial board charged with the responsibility of raising or lowering assessments proven incorrect as well as correcting any errors in the assessment roll. The Board of Review consists of a clerk and selected municipal officers (other than the assessor) or citizens. The Board of Review hears all objections to the amount or valuation of property if objections are made in writing and filed with its clerk prior to adjournment of public hearings. The Board examines the assessment roll or rolls and corrects all apparent errors in description or computation, adds all omitted property to the assessment roll and determines whether an assessor’s valuation is correct from evidence brought before it.

If the Board decides to uphold the assessed value, what can be done?

If you are dissatisfied with the Board’s determination there are several further options to appeal your assessment. The three methods for challenging a municipal assessment are:

1. Appeal an individual assessment directly to Circuit Court under Section 70.47(13).
2. Appeal to the Department of Revenue. Individual assessments are appealed under Section 70.85.
3. File a claim of excessive assessment with the municipality under Section 74.37.
At PropertyTaxBill.com, we will review these options with you and explain the costs and benefits of each.

Can PropertyTaxBill.com contest last year’s assessment?

Only the current year's assessment may be appealed. However, appeals may be made every year if the property owner feels the assessed value is incorrect.

Do You need an appraisal?

An appraisal is an excellent tool in substantiating your property’s value. If you have one, we will review the appraisal and give you our opinion regarding its validity in contesting your valuation. Considerations include the age of the appraisal, the original intended purpose i.e. re-financing your property or used in the original purchase of your property or fire insurance reasons. If you don’t have an appraisal, we may suggest you consider purchasing one to assist in accurately valuing your property.

Can I buy an affiliate opportunity?

PropertyTaxBill.com has received numerous inquiries regarding affiliate opportunities. Please call us at (262) 569-1800 to learn more about this exciting opportunity.