TOWN OF GENEVA
Notice of Board of Review
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the Town of Geneva of Walworth County shall meet BY APPOINTMENT on July 11, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Pursuant to Wis. Statutes Sec. 70.47(1), the assessment roll will be available at the Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours after June 25, 2013. Pursuant to Sec. 70.45 of Wis. Statutes, the Assessor will be available on June 25, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for Open Book. All meetings will take place at the Geneva Town Hall, N3496 Como Road, Lake Geneva, WI.
Call Accurate Appraisal to schedule an appointment (800) 770-3927.
Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board:
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 view such property.
After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to, a member of the Board about that person’s objection except at a session of the Board.
No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under sub. (3) (a), that person provides to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal under sub. (6m) (a) and if so which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take.
When appearing before the board, the 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 that the person used to arrive at that estimate.
No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the board by telephone or object to a valuation; if that valuation was made by the assessor or the objector using the income method; unless the person supplies to the assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under s. 73.03 (2a), that the assessor requests. The Town of Geneva has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the Assessor under this paragraph which provides exceptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determines that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under s. 19.35(1).
The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone.
Debra L. Kirch, Clerk/Treasurer Town of Geneva
This very useful link was compiled by the Wisconsin Association of Assessing Officers. It has links to resources for property owners, assessors, and Boards of Review - all in one place: http://www.waao.org/BOR/BOR_home.htm
Statement of Personal Property Help
Every person, firm or corporate operating a business within the Town of Geneva must file a Statement of Personal Property (Form PA-003) with the Town Assessor's Office each year on or before March 1.
The Town Assessor sends a Statement of Personal Property form to each business owner that has an established account fro the preceding year. These Statements are typically mailed during the last week of December or first week of January.
New business owners who do not have an existing account should contact the Town Assessor's Office to establish a new account or simply submit a Statement of Personal Property on their own by the March 1 deadline. Businesses that do not file a Statement of Personal Property with the Town of Geneva Assessor's Office shall be denied any right of abatement by the Board of Review. Completed Statement of Personal Property forms are confidential and are not available for public inspection.
Property Tax Exemption Request
All real property and business personal property is assessable in the State of Wisconsin unless specifically exempted by state law (s. 70.11. Stats.)
Property Owners seeking an exemption from property taxes must file a Property Tax Exemption Request (Form PR-230) with the local Assessor's Office of the taxation district in which the property is located. The completed form and any attachments must be filed on or before March 1 to be eligible for an exemption for the current assessment year.
Wisconsin Statutes require completion of this form, in its entirety, to be eligible for exemption from the Wisconsin property tax. Failure to do so may result in denial of exemption.