TOWN OF WESTFORD, DODGE COUNTY
OPEN BOOK NOTICE
Instructional material will be provided at the open book to persons who wish to object to valuations under Wis. Stat. 70.47. For more information visit townofwestfordwi.gov.
Notice is hereby given this 3rd day of May, 2022 by:
Gail White, Town of Westford Clerk
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. It hears all objections to the amount or valuation of property if objections are made in writing and filed with its clerk before adjournment of public hearings.
The Board examines the assessment roll or rolls and corrects all apparent errors in description or calculation, adds all omitted property to the assessment roll, and determines whether an assessor’s valuation is correct from evidence brought before it. It cannot determine exempt or taxable status of property.
The Town of Westford Board of Review meets annually, anytime during the 30-day period beginning on the second Monday in May.
Any person that owns land in the Town of Westford has the right to contest their Property Assessment
NOTICE OF THE BOARD OF REVIEW TWO-HOUR MEETING STATE OF WISCONSIN
Town of Westford, Dodge County
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for the Town of Westford of Dodge County will hold its first meeting on Thursday, June 2, 2022 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at the Town Hall, W11101 County Highway G, Beaver Dam, WI. Anyone wishing to appear before the Board of Review should call Gail White, Town Clerk at 920-285-0755 for an appointment and objection form.
Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board:
1. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board of Review’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review many contact or provide information to a member of the Board of Review about the person’s objection, except at a session of the Board of Review. Open book shall occur no less than 7 days prior to the Board of Review.
2. The Board of Review may not hear an objection to the amount or valuation of property unless, at least 48 hours before the Board of Review’s first scheduled meeting, the objector provides to the Board of Review Clerk written or oral notice of an intent to file an objection, except that upon a showing of good cause and the submission of a written objection, the Board of Review shall waive that requirement during the first two hours of the Board of Review’s first scheduled meeting, and the Board of Review may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session, or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days, with proof of extraordinary circumstances for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and failure to appear before the Board of Review during the first 2 hours of the first scheduled meeting.
3. Objections to the amount or valuation of property shall first be made in writing and filed with the Board of Review Clerk within the first 2 hours of the Board of Review’s first scheduled meeting, except that, upon evidence of extraordinary circumstances, the Board of Review may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session, or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days. The Board of Review may require objections to the valuation of the property to be submitted on forms approved by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, and the Board of Review shall require that any forms include stated valuations of the property in question. Persons who own land and improvements to that land may object to the aggregate valuation of that land and improvements to that land, but no person who owns land and improvements to that land may object only to the valuation of that land or only to the valuation of improvements to the land. No person may be allowed in any action or proceedings to question the amount or valuation of property unless the written objection has been filed and that person in good faith presented evidence to the Board of Review in support of the objections and made full disclosure before the Board of Review, under oath, of all of that person’s property liable to assessment in the district and the value of that property. The requirement that objections be in writing may be waived by express action of the Board.
4. When appearing before the Board of Review, the objecting person shall specify in writing the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information used to arrive at that estimate.
5. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board of Review by telephone, or object to a valuation if that valuation was made by the assessor or the objector using the income method of valuation, unless no later than 7 days before the first meeting of the Board of Review, the person supplies the assessor with all the information about income and expenses that the accessor requests, as specified in the Assessor’s Manual under Wis. Stat. 73.03 (2a). The Town of Westford has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the assessor under this paragraph that provides exceptions for persons using information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or the duties of their officer or by order of a court. The information that is provided in this paragraph, unless a court determines that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Wis. Stat. 19.35 (1).
6. The Board of Review shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse prescriber certified under Wis. Stat. 441.16(2) that confirms their illness of disability. No other persons may testify by telephone unless the Board of Review, in its discretion, has determined to grant a property owner’s or their representative’s request to testify under oath by telephone or written statement.
7. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board of Review by telephone, or contest the amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board of Review, or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under Wis. Stat. 70.47(3)(a), that person provides notice to the Board of Review Clerk as to whether the person will ask for the removal of a member of the Board of Review and, if so, which member, and provides a reasonable estimate of the length of time the hearing will take.
8. No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to enter onto property to conduct an exterior view of the real or personal property being assessed.
Notice is hereby given this 3rd day of May, 2022.
Town of Westford Clerk
If you feel your property assessment is incorrect or if you just want to gain knowledge about the procedure of assessments and the Board of Review please click on the links above to view the guides.
If you choose to challenge your assessment and appear before the Board of Review
- You must provide written or oral notice of your intent to file an objection to the town clerk, [email protected] at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled Board of Review date
- You must also file a completed objection form with the town clerk, [email protected] before or during the first two hours of the Board of Review which must include an estimate value of your property