Grafton firm owed $94,750 tax refund

By 
CONNOR CARYNSKI
Ozaukee Press Staff

Grafton’s K-Dev, LLC will be refunded $94,708 in property tax after being over billed by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for seven years.

Grafton Finance Director Paul Styduhar said the software and website development company had been overpaying on its property taxes from 2015 through 2020. He noted that because of its manufacturing designation, the tax assessment was performed by the state, not the local assessor.

 K-Dev had contested and appealed the state’s assessment each year from 2015 through 2020 but was repeatedly denied. But in 2021, the company’s appeal was approved by Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

The state found that the company had overpaid $94,708 over five years and directed that the amount be refunded.

While taxing bodies like the state, county and school district will have to refund the village for their portions of the refunded property taxes, the village will have to refund the total sum upfront.

“Since we are the tax collector we have to refund 100% of the bill,” Styduhar said.

Once the funds are returned, the village will request that the state direct the other taxing bodies to refund their shares to the village. Styduhar said because the state issued the return, it is very likely the village’s request for repayment from other taxing bodies will be approved.

The village’s share of the refunded taxes should be between $32,000 and $34,000, Styduhar said.

The Village Board unanimously approved refunding the money.

 

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