Michael L. Grota, Grota Appraisals, LLC
The purpose and function of the Assessor's Office is to provide an effective Property Assessment Administration System to establish and maintain equitable and uniform valuations for all taxable Real Estate and business Personal Property assets as mandated by the Wisconsin State Statutes. The Assessor's Office also maintains all annual assessment records relative to changes from the prior year and many associated legal documents. We provide reports as required by Statute and the Wisconsin Property Assessment Manual (WPAM) to the Department of Revenue and various other governmental departments and divisions.
One of the most important functions of the Assessor's Office is to provide the public with information on ad valorem valuation (assessments), mass appraisal assessment practices and procedures. The Assessor's Office also supplies various City and County Departments with an assortment of assessment data and details related to City services and the year-end tax bills.
The Assessor's Office gets its authority and instructions from the Wisconsin Statutes in Chapter 70, the Department of Revenue and the Wisconsin Property Assessment Manual (WPAM), and via decisions rendered by the Wisconsin Court System. Our work is also conducted in association with the guidelines and standards of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) Standard 6.
In accordance with the Wisconsin Statutes and the WPAM, the City of Fond du Lac conducted a Market Update Revaluation for the 2010 Assessment Year. All real estate values were reviewed and adjusted to reflect an estimated 100% of market value as of January 1, 2010 based on actual sales data from within the city. Additional review and considerations were made for income producing commercial parcels for that revaluation.
The years 2011 and 2012 have not been revaluation years for the City. Thus, most individual assessments throughout the City have not changed since January 1, 2010 unless there have been physical or functional changes to a property in the interim. Currently, the City is considering another City-wide market update revaluation for the January 1, 2014 Assessment Year. Please see the associated Wisconsin Department of Revenue article "Property Assessments in a Declining Market" on the PROPERTY ASSESSMENT APPEAL GUIDE tab for further information on multi-year assessment cycles.
The 2013 Assessment Roll has been closed for the year by the City's Board of Review and the Assessor's Office has begun work on the 2014 roll. The Board of Review (BOR) held its initial meeting on May 29 to review all official objections filed with the City Clerk and to schedule subsequent hearings for those objections. The Board conducted those formal hearings on June 13, 14 and 15.
Please contact our main office telephone number at 920-322-3410 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions related to the pending 2014 Assessment Roll.
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