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MAY 31, 2020 PROPERTY TAX INSTALLMENT DUE DATE EXTENDED:  The May 31, 2020 Property Tax installment due date has been extended to September 30, 2020 for those property owners who were current with property tax installments as of April 1, 2020.  The May 31, 2020 installment payment has been extended to September 30, 2020 without interest or penalty.  Payments made after July 31, 2020 must be made to the Milwaukee County Treasurer and not to the Franklin Treasurer.

In April, 2020, the Wisconsin Legislature enacted Act 185, which provided the first step in extending the due date.  Act 185 required the Milwaukee County Board to adopt enabling legislation for the due date extension.  The Milwaukee County Board took that action on May 28, 2020.  Act 185 required the Franklin Common Council to take a similar enabling action subsequent to the Milwaukee County Board action.  As the County did not act until May 28, 2020, the Franklin Common Council met May 28, 2020 and adopted its enabling action, providing this relief.

The City will NOT send any reminder notices on this installment due date.  It is the responsibility of the taxpayer to make timely payments when due.  Failure to make timely payment will incur interest/penalty charges dating back to February 1, 2020.

When are tax bills mailed?

As soon after December 1st that the information from the other taxing districts is received and processed, the tax bills can be produced and mailed.  The City's goal is to have the tax bills in the mail by early in the second full week of December.  Once the property tax bills have been produced, they are also available via the City's Property Tax Web Portal.  

What makes up my tax bill? 

The City of Franklin represents only a portion of each property tax bill, but the City, by statute, has the responsibility to receive tax levy requests from each taxing jurisdiction and send out a combined property tax bill to its citizens. The taxing jurisdictions that levy taxes on all Franklin citizens are the State of Wisconsin (tax for forestry purposes), Milwaukee County, City of Franklin, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), and Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC).  Other governmental bodies that can levy taxes on some of Franklin citizens are the Franklin School District, Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District, and Whitnall School District.

What are the additional charges on my tax bill? 

Tax bills may contain other charges such as solid waste, annual payments of outstanding special assessments, delinquent sewer and water bills as of November 15, and other unpaid miscellaneous bills outstanding at that time. 

What are the credits on my tax bill?  

A lottery credit is provided by the State for qualifying citizens for their personal residence only.  All taxable property with improvements will receive a “First Dollar Credit” based on the equalized value of the school tax rate.  Amounts vary by school district.

How are my taxes calculated? 

The approved tax levies from all of the taxing jurisdictions are divided by the assessed valuation, certified by the Board of Review, to determine the tax rates. Franklin has multiple school districts; therefore, there are three different tax rates that may apply to a citizen’s tax bill. If you compare your tax bill to another, make sure the tax bills have the same taxing bodies before you call to check on your bill.

What are the current tax rates?

View tax rate information.   

What if I do not receive my tax bill? 

Please note that tax bills are sent to the property owner of record. For properties that have been recently purchased in the August—November time period, the City may not have received the transfer information from Milwaukee County and those tax bills will be sent to the seller.  You can view/print your property tax bill information via the City's Property Tax Web Portal, request the bill from the seller, or contact the Treasury Office at 425-4770 to get the necessary property tax information.

When are tax bill payments due and accepted?

Tax bill payments are due either in full by January 31st or in installments with 50% due January 31st, 25% due March 31st, and 25% due on May 31st.  Tax bill payments are accepted as soon as tax bills are available in December and until July 31st of the following year.

Property Taxes
Payment Hours:

M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Finance & Treasury Offices
9229 W. Loomis Road
Franklin, WI  53132

Finance Phone:  414-425-7500
Finance Fax:  414-425-6428
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Treasury Phone:  414-425-4770
Treasury Fax:  414-427-7519
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Paul Rotzenberg,
Dir. of Finance & Treasurer

Rosanne Zimmerman,
Deputy Treasurer

Tom Bakalarski,
Accounting Supervisor


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