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I Received a Red Tag.

You may need to call us about your property tax assessment.

Associated Appraisal Consultants (AAC) has been hired by your municipality to assess property values. The advantage of the mass appraisal process is that it produces uniform and consistent appraisal values, which helps to ensure fair and equitable tax distribution. If you received a red tag, that means someone from AAC recently visited your property.

Did You Receive a Red Tag?

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You received a red tag because your municipality has hired us to conduct what’s called an annual maintenance assessment, and we need to talk with you to confirm information about the interior of your property.

Wisconsin law requires that an assessor establish a new assessed value for any property with significant changes during the previous year. This includes new construction, any properties purchased or major improvements completed on an existing home or building.

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Step 1: Contact our office and speak with one of our knowledgeable and friendly staff Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. They’ll simply ask you a few questions to confirm details about the interior of your property.

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Step 2: After the initial call, our assessors will use the information you provided, along with information about other properties in your community to determine if your property value has changed. If it has, you will receive a notice in the mail before your municipality’s Open Book meeting.

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Step 3: If you disagree with the assessed value, you’ll be able to appeal it through Open Book and Board of Review sessions.

Common Questions Related to Our Red Tags

After receiving one of our tags, you may have questions like the ones below about property assessments and how they’re related to property taxes.

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How is my property assessed?

During the property assessment process, assessors will consider all factors that may affect the value of your property as if offered for sale on the open market. Some of the primary factors include the property’s size, construction type, age, amenities, location and condition. They also must consider fair market value (which is what a typical buyer would pay for the property), as well as historical property data, home inspection findings and market trends, like all recent comparable property sales in your community.

Will this impact my property taxes?

Your property tax bill is based on the assessed value of your property, multiplied by the tax rate (aka “mill rate”) for your taxation district. Property tax rates differ for property owners throughout the state due to various tax levies imposed by municipalities, counties, and school districts.

For more information, please visit How is my property assessed page.

What Rights Do I Have as a Property Owner?

Property owners in Wisconsin have several rights related to assessments. AAC also takes precautions to ensure your safety if an onsite inspection of your property is desired.

If your municipality has requested that we inspect the interior of your property during a revaluation year, you will receive written a notice before we arrive. You’ll also see our AAC logo clearly displayed on our vehicles, the apparel our team wears and their name tags.

You don’t have to allow us to come inside, but it’s usually to your advantage to ensure accuracy of your property records. Allowing the assessor to view your property will ensure that the assessor is using current and complete information when making a valuation of your property.

You also have a right to appeal an assessment.

At any time of the year, you can request a property value review of your property. You’ll need to complete and submit a form to start the review process.

You can appeal a changed property tax assessment through Open Book and Board of Review meetings. Exact dates for Open Book and Board of Review sessions vary by year and community, and you need to schedule an appointment ahead of time.

Call Us Today

If you’ve received a red tag, we are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and one of our staff will be happy to help.