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The assessor is a State certified individual whose duties are to discover, list, and place a value on all taxable real and personal property in the city, in a uniform manner. The assessor is not involved in the collection of property taxes.
There is a process called “Open Book” in which you can schedule an appointment with Musser Appraisal Service. The Open Book period is over and the Board of Review convened on May 22, 2019. At this point the 2019 property assessment cannot be changed.
Wisconsin Law requires property assessments based on fair market value. Estimating the market value of your property is a matter of determining the price a typical buyer would pay for it in its present condition. Some factors the assessor considers are: what similar properties are selling for, what it would cost to replace your property, the rent it may earn, and any other factors that affect value. IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THE ASSESSOR DOES NOT CREATE THIS VALUE, BUT RATHER INTERPRETS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE MARKET PLACE.
Market value is defined as the amount a typical, well-informed purchaser would be willing to pay for a property. The seller and buyer must be unrelated, the seller must be willing, but not under pressure to sell, and the buyer must be willing, but not under any obligation to buy. The property must be on the market for a reasonable length of time, the payment must be in cash or its equivalent, and the financing must be typical for that type of property. If all of these conditions are present, this would be a market value, “arm's-length” sale.
Just as in many other fields, computers are useful in the assessment process. Assessors are trained to look for relationships between property characteristics and market value. By coding these characteristics and studying sales prices, assessors can estimate value by developing formulas and models. Computers are much faster and are capable of advanced analysis in this area. But despite these capabilities, common sense and assessor judgment are always required to verify assessments. Assessors most familiar with the neighborhoods and properties review all assessments.
Generally speaking, improvements that increase the market value of a property will increase the assessed value. The following are typical items that will increase the assessed value of your property: Added rooms or garages, Replacing asbestos or wood siding with aluminum or vinyl siding, Substantial modernization of kitchens or baths, Central air conditioning, Fireplaces, Extensive remodeling, etc.
Good maintenance will help retain the market value of your property. Generally, your assessment will not be increased for individual minor repairs such as those that follow; however, a combination of several of these items could result in an increased assessment. Repairing concrete walks and driveways, Replacing gutters and downspouts, Replacing hot water heater, Repairing or replacing roof, Repairing porches and steps, Repairing original siding, Patching or repairing interior walls and ceilings, Exterior painting, Replacing electrical fixtures, Replacing furnaces, Exterior awnings and shutters, Weather stripping, screens, storm windows, doors, Exterior landscaping including lawns, shrubbery, trees, flowers.
General economic conditions such as interest rates, inflation rates, supply and demand, and changes in tax laws, will influence the value of real estate. As property values change in the market place, those changes must be reflected on the assessment roll.
There are differences between individual properties and between neighborhoods. In one area the sales may indicate a substantial increase in value in a given year. In another neighborhood there may be no change in value, or even a decrease in property values. Different types of properties within the same neighborhood may also show different value changes. For example, one-story houses may be more in demand than two-story houses, or vice-versa. Older homes in the same area may be rising in value more slowly than newer homes. There are numerous factors to be considered in each property which will cause the values to differ. Some of the factors which can affect value are location, condition, size, quality, and number of baths, basement finish, garages, and many others.
You should first attempt to decide for yourself what your property is worth. This can be done by looking at area sales, contacting appraisers, and comparing assessments of similar homes. Assessment information is available at www.assessordata.org.
Wisconsin law requires that whenever an assessment is changed the owner must be notified.
Unattached Garages add less value than attached garages by about 25%.
Sheds add value only if they are site built and of a substantial nature with a foundation and made of wood. Metal or PVC sheds you buy at a home improvement store or other location do not add value.
Gazebos add value to the property.
Above Ground Pools add no value.
In Ground Pools add value, but only about 35% of the actual cost to put one in.
Landscaping, trees, and shrubs are not considered. It is assumed everyone has landscaping, trees, and/or shrubs. Value is not added for exceptional landscaping; however, wooded area on a lot does add value.
No, driveway surfacing is not considered.
Fences are not considered in the property valuation.
Building Permits are required for the following types of projects: Remodel of a home, decks, larger windows, sheds, garages, electrical work, plumbing work, HVAC work, pools, and siding.
Pool permits are needed for any type of pool that is over 30 inches in height, measured from the pool floor to the top of the pool, regardless of the depth of the water and regardless of whether said pool is of a permanent or temporary nature. A 5 foot fence is also required around the pool.
Yes, there are several at City Hall. If possible, please call before coming to City Hall to ensure a Notary Public is available.
You may use your debit or credit card to pay for citations and water bills. This service is available in person and online through www.milton-wi.gov/MakeaPayment.
Appointments for city committees or commissions are typically filled in April of every year. The appointments are recommendations from the Mayor and approved by the Common Council. Notice of any vacancies on a committee or commission are noticed in the Milton Courier and also posted on the website. Applications for serving are available at City Hall and on the website.
Zoning maps are available at City Hall to view and on the website. Zoning and regulation questions can be answered by the Public Works Department.
Contact information for the Council members is available on the website. You may also send correspondence to City Hall, 710 S. Janesville Street.
All Council meetings are recorded and posted on the City's YouTube Channel.
There is an opportunity to address the Common Council during the agenda item "Public comments regarding items which can be affected by Council Action." Participation during the meetings is allowed if you address the Council from the podium. The Council meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Agendas are available on the city website.
Information about elected officials can be found on the city website.
Animal licenses are available at City Hall. The current rabies certificate must be presented when applying. Fees are $8 if the animal is fixed, and $15 if the animal is not fixed. Additional information is available on the website.
Yes. The City rents out the Community House, Lamar Park, Central Park, and South Goodrich Park. Fees are based on your residency in the City or the surrounding townships. Applications can be found on the City website or at City Hall. Please call City Hall to verify the availability, (608) 868-6900 ext. 2.
To obtain a bartenders license in the City of Milton, you will need to complete the Beverage Server course and provide proof of completion of the class along with $30 and a completed application. The application is available on the city website or at City Hall. Additional information can be found on the website.
All businesses, including non-profits, must apply for a City Business License. Applications are available on the website and also at City Hall. The license is a one-time fee of $25.
Agendas and minutes are available on the website and at City Hall. Agendas are posted at Dave's Ace Hardware, Piggly Wiggly, and City Hall.
Current ordinances are available on the website.
Milton Police Department at (608) 868-6910 and the Milton Water Department at (608) 868-6900 ext. 1.
Contact the City Clerk at City Hall at (608) 868-6900 ext. 2.
Yes, Milton Community Action Center, 36 Hilltop Drive, houses the food pantry. Information is available on the website.
Town of Milton, 23 First Street, (608) 868-2465.
Trick-or-Treating in Milton is typically on Halloween, regardless the day of the week. Hours for 2021 will be 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 31.
The Fourth of July festivities include a carnival for kids, adult and children softball tournament, a Walk-Run, parade, and fireworks. The Walk-Run is the morning of the 4th, the parade is always at 1 p.m. on the 4th, and the Fireworks are always at dusk on the 4th. The parade begins at Lamar Park/Milton West Elementary School and heads east on Madison Avenue and continues south on Hilltop Drive.
The City-Wide Rummage Sale in Milton is always on the first Saturday in June. You are not required to register or sign-up. This is not a city sponsored function, all are welcome to participate/set-up.
The Annual Chicken BBQ and Arts & Crafts on the Lawn is always on the third Sunday in August on the Milton House and North Goodrich Park grounds. Contact the Milton Area Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism (MACCIT) at (608) 868-6222 for information about the Chicken BBQ and the Milton Historical Society at (608) 868-7772 for information about the Arts & Crafts on the Lawn.
Tax bills, payment history, assessment information, legal descriptions, and more is available through the Rock County Treasurer's Tax Database.
The city's budget is available on the website.
The monthly bill you receive from the Milton Water Department is for water, sewer, stormwater, and fire protection. The bill lists each charge for the month individually.
Tax bills are mailed in the middle of December.
All property tax payments are made through the Rock County Treasurer's Office. Tax payment information is available on the Rock County website.
If you find an issue like a broken link or information to correct on the website, please complete the form available on the City's website or call (608) 868-6900 ext. 5.
Library cards are free. Identification and proof of residence are required for adults when the card application is completed. Minors (16 years old and younger) need a parent's or guardian's signature on their application. There is no minimum age requirement to obtain a library card. You can fill out and print an application ahead of time (you will not be able to save a filled-in version of the form). Bring the application(s) to the Checkout Desk to get your library card; be sure to bring your photo ID and proof of address as well.
Photo Identification may be provided with any U.S. state driver’s license or identification card, a passport, a school ID, or any official picture ID.
Proof of address may be provided on the same driver’s license or identification card if it is current.
Also accepted are:
Milton Public Library maintains the following hours year-round:
Milton Public Library has book lockers for after-hours pickup of reserved materials. Call the library at 608-868-7462 to make arrangements.
Yes! Milton Public Library is part of the Arrowhead Library System and SHARE Consortium, which together include 28 locations in Rock County, Racine County, Kenosha County, and Walworth Counties (covering all the public libraries in these counties). You are welcome to use your card at any of these libraries and to return borrowed materials to any of these libraries or their drop boxes.
Yes! SHARE is the name of the catalog for all the public libraries in the SHARE Consortium (Counties of Rock, Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth). Visit SHARE [https://ent.sharelibraries.info/client/en_US/mil/] to browse and search the catalog. Log in using your library card barcode and PIN to place holds on materials, join the Favorite author club, pay overdue fines online, update your contact information, and more.
You can also browse and reserve materials using the BookMyne mobile app – log in using your library card barcode and PIN, then select the library from which you would most often like to pickup your reserved items.
SHARE Catalog [https://ent.sharelibraries.info/client/en_US/mil/]
Wifi is also available for patrons to use with their own wifi-enabled devices.
Schedules of events, a list of holiday closings, library policies, and more can be found on the Milton Public Library website.
By City Ordinance, the owner of the property is responsible for the trees on their property and the adjacent terrace. The City takes care of the trees on property owned by the City of Milton such as parks and open spaces, City buildings, and undeveloped public property.
Property owners. The City does not plant trees in terraces in front of private property.
Property owners of hazardous trees are sent a letter for removal. Most letters are sent on a complaint basis. If you are concerned about a hazardous tree, contact the public Works Department at 868-6914.
The Emerald Ash Borer situation will eventually create more dead and / or hazardous trees. The property owner is responsible for the removal or treatment of their trees. If branches start dropping in the street or over sidewalks, the property owner will likely receive a letter for removal. The City is trying to allow property owners to use their trees as long as possible. More information about Emerald Ash Borer is available on the City's website.
The Public Works Department removed trees on City owned property due to Emerald Ash Disease as well as other hazardous trees. The City is planting replacement trees in various locations.
The City is currently accepting tree donations. Contact the Public Works Department at 868-6914 for details.