The property tax process begins with the assessment which is conducted by the local assessor. The assessment represents the value of the property as of January 1 of each year. Property tax is calculated based on the assessed value.
How Assessments Determine Taxes
Many taxpayers fear that a higher assessment will automatically mean higher property taxes. But contrary to popular belief, higher assessments do not guarantee higher property taxes. In fact, it is even possible for an individual’s assessment to rise and property taxes to fall.
This can better be seen by understanding the role assessments play in figuring property taxes. Property assessments are used to apportion the total property taxes to be collected - the tax levy - among a community’s property owners. An owner’s share of the total tax levy is the same as the property’s share of total assessed value. For example, if an individual property’s assessed value represents 1% of a community’s total assessed value, the owner will pay 1% of the community’s property taxes.
If total assessed values in a community rise 10% and if the total tax levy remains unchanged, an increase greater than 10% will mean a tax hike, while an increase smaller than 10% will mean a tax reduction. Ultimately, it is increases in government spending and higher property tax levies-not higher assessments-that will most directly affect the property tax bill.
Tax Bills Involving Divided/Split Parcels
Property assessments are used to apportion the total property taxes to be collected. The tax roll lists the property as it was described on January 1 (one parcel) of the current tax year. If a property owner sells property he has divided into two or more parcels, he should refer to the property closing statement from the sale of the property which provides information regarding prorated taxes. Questions regarding the closing statement should be directed to the closing agent. If no closing took place, the new owner may request a valuation of the divided parcel(s). A written request shall be submitted to the Town, City or Village Treasurer.
To Whom Must I Pay My Property Taxes?
Current real estate tax payments made prior to January 31st for all municipalities, with the exception of the City of Fond du Lac and Village of North Fond du Lac, are collected by the appropriate City, Town or Village Treasurer.
Payments for parcels located in the City of Fond du Lac (all parcels beginning with FDL) and the Village of North Fond du Lac (all parcels beginning with V05) are collected by the Fond du Lac County Treasurer’s Office. Payments should be made payable and mailed to: Fond du Lac County Treasurer.
Payment amounts are included on the payment stub(s), located at the bottom of your tax bill. Enclose appropriate payment stub(s) with your payment. Mail payment(s) to appropriate location listed on the real estate payment stub. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, if return receipt is requested. Do not enclose the original tax bill.
Verify that an escrow check meets or exceeds the real estate tax bill amount and endorse escrow check. Over payments will be refunded within four weeks of payment. Current real estate tax payments made after January 31st, as well as delinquent real estate tax payments for all municipalities are collected by the Fond du Lac County Treasurer's Office.
If you have further questions related to your property tax bill, click on side menu option Frequently Asked Questions.
Fond du Lac County Real Estate Tax Payment Options
Payments payable to Fond du Lac County Treasurer may be made in person at the City-County Government Center, 160 South Macy Street, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holiday hours.
For your convenience, a payment drop box is located outside the north entrance of the City-County Government Center, inside the main entrance of the City-County Government Center and near the exit of the Sheriff’s Office parking lot, located at the corner of Macy Street and Western Avenue.
You may pay your real estate property taxes online or through an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) service, using a credit or debit card. Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service also allows the opportunity to pay real estate taxes over the counter, at the County Treasurer’s Office, using a credit or debit card.
There is a 2.39% convenience fee associated with this service; a minimum $1.50 fee will be applied. Pay taxes online at www.fdlco.wi.gov, select Property & Tax Data, Pay Taxes Online or call 1-855-844-7563.
There are limitations on processing real estate credit card payments during the months of January and December.
Fond du Lac County has tax collection agreements in place with the City of Fond du Lac and the Village of North Fond du Lac which allows consumers within those municipalities the capability of utilizing the service year round. Consumers within other municipalities will not have the capability of utilizing the service during the months of January and December.Duplicate copies of real estate tax bills and payment history is available on our website at www.fdlco.wi.gov.