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The City of River Falls is currently performing a market revaluation. The State of Wisconsin is a market value state which means property values are required to mirror the fair market value of comparable properties to ensure property owners are paying their fair share of taxes. The last time River Falls performed a revaluation of all property was six years ago in 2015. Since then, the market has changed and assessed values no longer reflect the current market.
The fair market value of all property is calculated by reviewing arm’s length sales between a willing seller and a willing buyer on the open market. Assessors consider information from many sources to determine your assessment. Assessors will be reviewing market sales from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. The property tax bill residents will receive in December 2021 will be based on the new assessment value of their property.
Assessors don’t set tax rates. There are no additional taxes collected by the city during a revaluation. The revaluation does not change the amount of tax collected by the city, county, school district or technical college.
Open book is a conference, either face-to-face or over the phone, with an assessor to discuss the value of your property. You have until 48 hours before Board of Review to contact the assessor about your new value. When available, you can set an appointment with an assessor here: https://accurate.rovingcalendar.com/appointments
Board of Review functions like court and is required to evaluate evidence based on facts. You or your representative must provide factual evidence that your property is inequitably assessed. The burden of proof is solely on the taxpayer. The assessor’s value is presumed correct by state law until proven otherwise.
Please attend the Open Board prior to making an appointment for Board of Review. When available, you can set an appointment for the Board of Review here: (link to be added at a later date). All original signed paper Objection Forms Packet must be submitted to the City Clerk no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21.
Search for your property record information here: http://accurateassessor.com/recordsearch/?id=72