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Mequon Property Tax

Mequon, WI: (Sep-29-07) Several Mequon property owners brought a lawsuit against the city, alleging that they overpaid property taxes because the city's former assessor, Jim Siebers, over assessed the value of their properties. The suit claimed that Siebers assessed the two dozen large parcels as completely residential even though only a small number of acres were used for residential purposes and the rest remained open space.

As part of a settlement reached, the city agreed to pay $510,000 in property tax refunds and interest, which will be shared by about 20 Mequon property owners. The $510,000 settlement includes $404,000 in property tax refunds for 2002 through 2006 and $106,000 in interest. The city will pay all of the interest and a portion of the refunds for a total of $194,000. Other taxing bodies, including the Mequon-Thiensville School District and Ozaukee County, will share the cost of the remainder of the refunds. Siebers left his job in January with a $33,700 buyout from the city. The city now uses Grota Appraisals, a Menomonee Falls firm. [JOURNAL SENTINEL: PROPERTY TAX]

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Published on Oct-1-07


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