Wisconsin property taxes are charged at the local level for the purpose of funding local government, school systems, police and fire support and community colleges. However, unlike many other states, in Wisconsin a portion of your Wisconsin property taxes also fund the state’s government. Tax rates are determined at the local level as well and can vary widely by area. Like in most states, the amount of Wisconsin property taxes you’ll pay is dependent upon two factors: the value of your home and the millage rate.
The local tax assessor will estimate the value of your home and send you a notice regarding the fair market value of your home. If you’re a farmer, your farm land is taxed at its agricultural value, not at its real estate value; providing a tax break to Wisconsin farmers. The valuation of farm land is handled by the state, not by local tax assessors.