Property Listing FAQ

My spouse and I have divorced. Why does his/her name keep appearing on the assessment notices and tax bills?

Our office is required to list the owners of real estate according to the recorded documents in the Register of Deeds office. If there was no type of documentation to change the ownership in the property (quit claim deed, divorce judgment, etc.) we do not have any way of changing the names. In this case, you may wish to check with the attorney handling the divorce about transferring the property.

My spouse has passed away, but the assessment notice and tax bill still shows the name. How can I get their name removed?

It depends on how the title to the property was held. If the property was held in joint tenancy or survivorship marital property, you can file a Termination of Decedent’s Interest form with the Register of Deeds office. This form is available at the Register of Deeds office and the staff can provide you with instructions on filling out the form. If the property was not titled this way, you may wish to contact an attorney to help transfer the property, especially if the property needs to go through probate.

I was married recently. Why hasn’t my name been changed on the tax bill and assessment notice?

If you haven’t recorded any document to transfer the title to your property since your marriage, the name reflected on the tax bill and assessment notice will be the same as listed on the conveyance where you took title. To change the ownership, you may contact an attorney to prepare the documents. Or, if you feel comfortable doing it yourself, you may download the deed forms (currently available online from Chicago Title) at http://www.wi.ctic.com/realestatelibrary.htm.

I don’t believe my property assessment is correct. Can you change it?

Our office is required to maintain the values established by the assessor for your municipality. If you do not agree with your values, you should first contact your assessor to discuss it. A good source of information is the state Department of Revenue website at www.dor.state.wi.us/, which contains information on property owners’ rights and information about the assessment process in the forms and publications sections.

I would like to obtain a survey of my property. I want to know what the lot dimensions of my property are. Does your office have this?

Check with the Surveyor's Office.

Can you tell me what my property is zoned?

The county zoning division has information on zoning for properties in the rural part of the county. If the property is located within an incorporated city or village, you will need to contact the appropriate department in that municipality.

What are the taxes on my property?

For first installment amounts, you should check with the treasurer for your municipality. After that, check with the county treasurer’s office.

Tax information for Dane County properties can also be found online using AccessDane. Taxes may be paid online. See the Dane County Treasurers webpage for more information.

I get several tax bills for adjacent parcels of land. Is there any way to combine them?

If you would like the properties to be assessed together, you may contact the assessor for your municipality. If the properties are assessed together, you will get one assessment notice and one tax bill, but the properties will continue to be listed individually in the assessment roll. If you want the real estate parcels combined to create one assessment parcel, please contact our office so we may review the parcels. Sometimes, due to taxing district boundaries, such as school or tif districts, we are not able to combine parcels for taxpayers.

We just bought a brand new lot this year, but the tax bill came in the previous owner’s name. Why didn’t you update this?

When new lots, or parcels are created during the year, new parcel numbers are assigned. However, the thing to keep in mind is that assessments are based on how the property existed on January 1 of the given year. How the property existed on January 1 is how the tax bill will be printed at the end of the year. If a new subdivision or csm or deed creates new parcels during the year, those parcels will not be assessable and taxable until the following year. What can you do to receive your tax bill? Contact the treasurer for your municipality, who is authorized by statute to split the tax bill for you upon your request. PLEASE NOTE: Some counties process splitting of tax bills differently – check with your county’s Property Lister for information.

Revised: September 1st, 2009