Town of Milton, Buffalo County
Dear Property Owner,
A Revaluation of all Real and Personal Property for theMunicipality will be conducted from June 1, 2018 through October 1, 2018. Please note the following from the WisconsinDepartment of Revenue:
Section70.05(5)(b), Wis. Stats. – Trespass
The trespass bill, which was signed November 12, 2009,states in part “Before a city, village, or town assessor conducts a revaluationof property under this paragraph [Section 70.05(5)(b) Wis. Stats.], the city,village or town shall publish a notice on its municipal Website that arevaluation will occur and the approximate dates of the property revaluation.The notice shall also describe the authority of an assessor, under Section943.13, Wis. Stats. And Section 943.15, Wis. Stats., to enter land. If amunicipality does not have a Web site, it shall post the required informationin at least 3 public places within the city, village or town.”.)
The trespass law entitles the assessor to enter a propertyonce during an assessment cycle unless the property owner authorizes additionalvisits. If the property owner denies the assessor access to the property, theassessor must maintain a list of denied entries. Sections 943.13 and 943.15pertain to the entry onto the property. Assessors and their staff shouldunderstand the conditions included in these statutes. The major conditions forentry are listed below:
-The reason for the entry must be to make an assessment onbehalf of the state or a political subdivision.
-The entry must be on a weekday during daylight hours, or atanother time as agreed upon with the property owner.
-The assessor’s visit must not be more than one hour.
-The assessor must not open doors, enter through open doors,or look into windows of structures.
-If the property owner or occupant is not present, theassessor must leave a notice on the principal building providing the ownerinformation on how to contact them.
-The assessor may not enter the premises if they havereceived a notice from the property owner or occupant denying them entry.
-The assessor must leave if the property owner or occupantasks them to leave.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact ouroffice. Sincerely,
Eric Kleven, Assessor
217 Skyline Drive
Eau Claire WI 54703