The Board of Review is a quasi-judicial body that hears formal objections to property assessments. It is a fundamental part the objection process designed so that property owners may express their concerns about the value of their property.
Consisting of five (5) members and one or more alternate member(s) who are citizens of the city, none of whom can occupy any public office. The alternate member(s) act with full power whenever any of the five members are absent, refuse, recuse, or are otherwise unavailable to hear an objection.
One member is be appointed annually by the Mayor, subject to the confirmation of the City Council, for a term of five years. The Mayor also appoints one alternate member for a term of five years subject to confirmation of the council, The Mayor may appoint and designate additional alternate members subject to the confirmation of the City Council.
The City Clerk is charged with keeping an accurate record of all its proceedings.
Duties of the Board
A Board of Review operates like a court, but isn’t quite as formal. It can hear only sworn oral testimony from you or your official designated representative and from the Assessor. The Board of Review’s function is not one of valuation, but of deciding the validity of the facts presented orally before them. You or your official designated representative may testify concerning your assessment objection. You must prove that your property is inequitably assessed when compared to the general level of assessment within your tax district.
Sections 70.46 and 70.47 of the Wisconsin Statutes
Chapter 2.72 of the Sun Prairie Municipal Code of Ordinances
The Board meets annually as prescribed by state statutes, and is noticed, published, and conducted pursuant to state statutes.