A major function of the Assessor's Office is to discover, list, and value uniformly all taxable property in the City. This work is done to ensure the equitable distribution of the total tax burden within the community. It does not determine the total amount of revenues to be raised. The tax levy is established independently by the state, county, municipality, school districts, and sewer district, to cover their expenses. The total tax levy is then divided among all owners in proportion to the amount of property they own. An assessment will affect your property's share of the levy, but it will not change the total amount of dollars collected. Your municipality is required by law to collect that total amount of tax dollars - no more, no less.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has prepared a helpful Guide for Property Owners (PDF) that provides more information about property assessment and taxation in Wisconsin.
If you have further questions about property assessment and taxation, the first person to contact is your local assessor. The City of Glendale has contracted with Accurate Appraisal, L.L.C. for all of our assessment services.