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• Added rooms, garages, porches or decks • Aluminum or vinyl siding • Substantial modernization of kitchens or baths • Central air conditioning • Fireplaces • Extensive remodeling • Swimming pool • Basement finish (family room, den, etc.)
Different types of properties within the same neighborhood may also show different value changes. For example, one-story houses may be more in demand than two-story houses, or older homes in the same area may be rising in value more slowly than newer homes.
There are numerous factors to be considered in each property which will cause the values to differ. Some of the factors which can affect value are location, age, condition, size, quality, number of baths, basement finish, and garages.
Computers are much faster and are capable of advanced analysis in this area. But despite these capabilities, common sense and assessor judgment are always required to verify our assessments.
To ensure an accurate assessment, it is to your advantage to allow the assessor inside your property when an inspection is requested. By denying an inspection, you may lose the right to appeal your assessment to the Board of Review.
All sessions of the Board are held in the Council Chambers. By statute, the first session of the Board of Review must be within the thirty day period beginning on the second Monday in May. If there are not many appeals, the Board will usually complete its business during their first session. Once the Board has heard all appeals and adjourned, no further assessment objections can be considered until the following year. When you receive your tax statement in December, it is too late to file an objection for the current assessment. Paying your taxes under protest does not constitute a formal assessment objection.
The best evidence for this would be a recent sale price of your property. The next best evidence would be recent sales prices of properties that are similar to yours. The closer in proximity and similarity, the better the evidence. Another type of evidence is oral testimony from a witness who has made a recent appraisal of your property.
January 31: Full payment of taxes due OR if paying in installments, due date of first tax installment payment (Installment payment option is not available for personal property taxes)
March 1: Last day to file personal property returns and file request for property tax exemption.
Month of April: Assessment change notices are typically mailed during the month of April.
Second Monday in May: Earliest meeting date for the Board of Review. The Board of Review can meet anytime within the thirty-day period beginning with the second Monday in May.
July 31:Final tax installment payment due date.
Market Value The most probable price which a property should bring in a competitive and open market under all conditions requisite to a fair sale, the buyer and seller, each acting prudently, and knowledgeably and assuming the price is not affected by undue stimulus. Implicit in this definition is the consummation of a sale as of a specified date and the passing of title from seller to buyer under conditions whereby:1. Buyer and seller are typically motivated; 2. Both parties are well informed or well advised, and each acting in what he considers his own best interest: 3. A reasonable time is allowed for exposure in the open market; 4. Payment is made in terms of cash in U.S. dollars of in terms of financial arrangements comparable thereto; and 5. The price represents the normal consideration for the property sold unaffected by special or creative financing or sales concessions* granted by anyone associated with the sale. Reappraisal or Revaluation Placing new values on all taxable property for purposes of a new assessment.
Tax Base The total assessed value of all taxable property in the city.
Tax Levy The total amount of property tax money that a taxing unit (such as the schools, city, county, etc.) needs to raise to provide services.
Tax Rate The tax levy divided by the tax base. It is often expressed in terms of dollars per hundred or dollars per thousand. The tax rate is multiplied by the assessed value to determine the amount of tax each property owner must pay.
Register the building with the Building and Inspections Department. Provide minimum 10 days notice of inspection to tenants and provide “PROPERTY OWNER AFFIDAVIT / NOTIFICATION OF TENANTS ” or provide “RESIDENTIAL RENTAL UNIT INSPECTION/ WAIVER OF TEN (10) DAY PRIOR NOTICE PROPERTY OWNER AFFIDAVIT / NOTIFICATION OF TENANTS to the District Maintenance Inspector. Pay $35.00 inspection fee (make check out to the City Treasurer). Make an appointment for a residential rental unit inspection with the District Maintenance Inspector. If repairs are required, complete the repairs and call the District Maintenance Inspector for a reinspection. If the new owner is going to be providing the repairs, make sure that the new owner completes the “RESIDENTIAL RENTAL UNIT INSPECTION NEW PROPERTY OWNER - AFFIDAVIT OF RESPONSIBILITY and present the completed affidavit to the Building and Inspections Department prior to the transfer of the property to the new property owner. Register the building in the new owner’s name with the Building and Inspections Department.
A Certificate of Inspection will be issued after the residential rental unit inspection has been completed or after repairs (if any) are completed.
Register new owner with building and inspections department
An original certificate of occupancy/compliance is issued on any day in 2004 for a new residential rental unit. This unit is exempt from mandatory residential rental unit inspection requirements until December 31, 2009. In order to remain in compliance, this unit requires its first residential rental unit inspection and a valid Certificate of Inspection prior to December 31, 2009.
A Certificate of Compliance issued on any day in 2004 is valid through December 31, 2009. In order to remain in compliance, reinspection of the unit and issuance of a new Certificate of Compliance for that unit is required prior to December 31, 2009.
For commercial and high life safety buildings the fee is based on the square footage of the building. The larger the building the larger the fee. Refer to the fee schedule and square footage table to determine your fee.
For apartments there is a flat fee of $10.00 per building.
For hotels and motels, there is $5.00 charge per room.
If you are not sure who to contact, please use the form provided here:Contact Us.
Our general phone number is (608) 789-7533.
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2) Walk into Parks & Rec Office on 1st floor of City Hall, 400 La Crosse St., La Crosse, WI 54601. More Information...
A. Youth Programs: are fully subsidized through the City budget (taxes) in most cases.
B. Adult/Youth (Family) Programs: are partially subsidized through the City budget. Family programs produce approximately half the required revenue needed to implement the program.
C. Adult Programs: are FULL revenue producing. In other words, they pay for themselves at a nominal cost to the participant. Based on the above criteria, each program fee is assessed taking into account the various program costs (e.g., instructors, equipment, special needs, maintenance, etc.). In the cases of non-resident participation, it is generally accepted that non-resident users should contribute an additional fee in order to off-set their non-tax status. This fee may vary according to the specific nature of the program.
2. Refunds: Refunding or registration fees will only be made in the following cases:
1) Program is completely canceled.
2) Change in the original scheduled activity.
3) Cancellation by applicant:
a) Prior to start of program, 100%.
b) prior to second half of program, 50%.
c) After first half of program, 0%-no refund. More Information...
Capacity for Centennial Hall is 75 people. More...
Capacity of the the Board Room is 10 people. More...
Contact the non-emergency police number at 608-785-5962 and request to speak with the shift commander who will process your complaint.
Submit a letter of complaint directly to the Chief of Police:
Attn: Chief of Police La Crosse Police Department 400 La Crosse StreetLa Crosse, WI 54601
Complaints can also be filed directly with the City of La Crosse Police and Fire Commission.
Attn: Police & Fire CommissionHuman Resources 400 La Crosse StreetLa Crosse, WI 54601
Formal Complaint forms can be obtained in person at the La Crosse Police Department, 400 La Crosse St. La Crosse, WI or can be mailed at your request. It is not necessary in most cases to complete a formal complaint form to file a complaint. Complaints will be accepted in person, over the phone or in writing.
The Department is required by State Law to inform complainants that "whoever knowingly makes a false complaint regarding the conduct of a law enforcement officer is subject to a Class A forfeiture" Wisconsin State Statute 946.66(2).
AGES 12, 13 & 14SEPTEMBER 1 thru MAY 31 Sunday thru Thursday: 10:00p.m. - 5:00a.m. Friday and Saturday: 11:00p.m. - 5:00a.m. JUNE 1 thru AUGUST 31 Sunday thru Saturday: 11:00p.m. - 5:00a.m.
AGE 12 and UNDERALL DAYS, ALL YEAR 10:00p.m. - 5:00a.m.
First Sunday in April: advance one hour Last Sunday in October: set back one hour
In an effort to meet increasing demands for service with decreasing resources, the La Crosse Police Department findsit necessary to transition from having its Lobby or Front Desk open 24/7/365 to a practice of closing this area for selecttimes. The new hours for the Sixth Street entrance will have the front desk ClosedMonday through Friday 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.All Saturdays and SundaysAll HolidaysOr as necessaryThere will be signs posted at the entrance of the police department displaying the hours of operation and what acitizen needs to do if service is necessary
Mail to: La Crosse Police Department Attn: Community Services Bureau 400 La Crosse StreetLa Crosse, WI 54603