Notice of Open Book/Notice of Board of Review

Notice of Open Book

STATE OF WISCONSIN
Town of Weston
Marathon, County

Pursuant to s. 70.45, Wis. stats., the Town of Weston assessment roll for the year 2019 assessment will be open for examination on the 13th day of July, 2021, at Town of Weston Office, 5209 Mesker St, Weston, WI 54476 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Instructional material about the assessment, how to file an objection, and board of review procedures under Wisconsin law will be available at that time.

Notice is hereby given this 28th day of June 2021.

Notice of Board of Review Meeting

 Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for the Town of Weston, Marathon County, Wisconsin, shall hold its first meeting on July 20th, 2021, from 4:30 p.m., at 5209 Mesker St Weston, WI 54476.

Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the board of review and

procedural requirements if appearing before the board:

1.   *No person will 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 enter onto property to conduct an exterior view of such property being

assessed.

2.   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 the person’s objection,

except at a session of the board. Open book shall occur no less than 7 days prior to the

board of review.

3.   The board of review may not hear an objection to the amount or valuation of property

unless at least 48 hours before the board’s first scheduled meeting, the objector provides

to the board’s clerk written or oral notice of an intent to file an objection, except that upon

a showing of good cause and the submission of a written objection, the board shall waive

that requirement during the first 2 hours of the board’s first scheduled meeting, and the

board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the

end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days with proof of

extraordinary circumstances for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and

failure to appear before the board of review during the first 2 hours of the first scheduled

meeting.

4.   Objections to the amount or valuation of property shall first be made in writing and

filed with the clerk of the board of review within the first 2 hours of the board’s first

scheduled meeting, except that, upon evidence of extraordinary circumstances, the board

may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of

the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days. The board may require

objections to the amount or valuation of property to be submitted on forms approved by

the Department of Revenue, and the board shall require that any forms include stated

valuations of the property in question. Persons who own land and improvements to that

land may object to the aggregate valuation of that land and improvements to that land, but

no person who owns land and improvements to that land may object only to the valuation

of that land or only to the valuation of improvements to that land. No person may be

allowed in any action or proceedings to question the amount or valuation of property

unless the written objection has been filed and that person in good faith presented

evidence to the board in support of the objections and made full disclosure before the

board, under oath, of all of that person’s property liable to assessment in the district and

the value of that property. The requirement that objections be in writing may be waived

by express action of the board.

5.   When appearing before the board of review, the objecting 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.

6.   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 of valuation, unless no later than 7 days before the first meeting of the

board of review the person supplies the assessor with all the information about income

and expenses, as specified in the assessor’s manual under s. 73.03 (2a), Wis. stats., that

the assessor requests. The Town of Weston has an ordinance for the confidentiality of

information about income and expenses that is provided to the assessor under this

paragraph that provides exceptions for persons using information in the discharge of

duties imposed by law or the duties of their officer or by order of a court. The information

that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determines before the first meeting of

the board of review that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and

copying under s. 19.35 (1), Wis. Stats.

7.   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 unless the Board, in its discretion,

has determined to grant a property owner’s or their representative’s request to testify

under oath by telephone or written statement.

8.   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 s.70.47 (3) (a), Wis. stats., that person provides to the clerk of the board of review

notice as to whether the person will ask for the removal of a member of the board of

review and, if so, which member, and provides a reasonable estimate of the length of time

the hearing will take.

Notice is hereby given this 28th day of June 2021.

Robin Huempfner

Town Clerk/Treasurer