Planning & Economic Development
City Assessor, Joan Spencer"Working on behalf of the taxpayers of the City of Marshfield" - Joan Spencer, Assessor
Deputy Assessor, Barry Feig
2013 Assessment Roll:
Notices for real estate values that have changed for 2013 will be mailed April 26, 2012 along with notices of assessed value for personal property accounts. If you are expecting a notice and did not receive it, please contact the Assessor's office to verify that it was mailed to the correct address (715) 384-3856.
The assessment roll will be open for public inspection in the 5th floor Conference Room of City Hall between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 29th through May 21st. You can review the books and/or speak to the Assessor or Deputy Assessor if you have concerns during that period of time.
The official day for commercial conferences is scheduled Wednesday, May 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - and for residential property May 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Conferences will be held in the Assessor's office on 5th floor of City Hall.
The Board of Review will be scheduling hearings on May 22.
Board Of Review - Hearings
After talking with assessment personnel, if you continue to feel your property is not assessed fairly, you may appeal your value before the Board of Review. Board of Review members are local taxpayers serving the community in a quasi-judicial capacity. The Board has the authority to subpoena information that may throw light on the value of the property in question. When appealing an assessed value, an alternative value must be provided, along with evidence to support the value. Foreclosure sales, or sales under duress are not considered arm’s length market transactions for the purpose of establishing assessed values. For amending or correcting a Personal Property Statement, contact the Assessor’s Office to obtain a new form to submit your corrected values to the Board.
To appeal your value before the Board of Review:
Contact the City Clerk’s Office to receive an objection form for appealing the value. An appeals guide for property owners is available from the City Clerk and appeal information is available on the Wisconsin Department of Revenue website.
Return the completed property objection forms to the City Clerk by 9:00 a.m. Monday, May 20, 2013 to receive an appointment for a hearing with the Board of Review.
The City Clerk will schedule appointments and notify you of your hearing date and time. Board of Review Hearings begin Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in the City Hall Council Chambers. Note: The Board will officially adjourn for the year when there are no further appointments scheduled.
Chapter 70.32(1) Wisconsin Statutes
(1) Real property shall be valued by the assessor in the manner specified in the Wisconsin property assessment manual provided under s. 73.03(2a) from actual view or from the best information that the assessor can practicably obtain, at the full value which could ordinarily be obtained therefore at a private sale. In determining the value, the assessor shall consider recent arm's-length sales of the property to be assessed if according to professionally acceptable appraisal practices those sales conform to recent arm's-length sales of reasonable comparable property; recent arm's-length sales of reasonably comparable property; and shall all factors that, according to professionally acceptable appraisal practices, affect the value of the property to be assessed.
The mission of the Assessor’s Department is to prepare the annual assessment roll (the official record of taxable and exempt property within the City of Marshfield), while providing the best possible service. Assessed values determine the amount of general property tax charged to each property owner, while the information gathered provides a historical record and reference base for municipal operations. The primary departmental goal is to reconcile fair and equitable assessments, emphasizing objective, defendable and effective, mass appraisal techniques.
Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 39 (1975) define State certification requirements for assessment personnel to legally perform prescribed duties for the 1,897 jurisdictions in Wisconsin. The City of Marshfield requires an Assessor II certification to sign the tax roll. Continuing accredited education in appraisal, property tax law, and supervisory management, along with mandatory attendance at annual Department of Revenue training sessions, will satisfy re-certification requirements while assuring avenues for proficiency and professionalism.
The Assessor works pro-actively in conjunction with professional organizations and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (on behalf of City of Marshfield property owners) regarding proposed legislation or procedural changes affecting the taxation process. Work programs and services are subject to review by the Department of Revenue and must comply with the "Wisconsin Property Assessment Manual", Wisconsin Laws, and the "Uniform Standards of Professionally Acceptable Appraisal Practices".
The Assessor’s Staff observes the Code of Ethics of the International Association of Assessing Officers, and the Codes of Ethical Behavior defined by Wisconsin Statute, Section 19.59. The codes establish clear and precise ethical and professional guidelines for assessing officers to discharge their duties to the public, while providing standards to judge professional conduct.