Officials agree to settle dispute over property assessment

Village will refund nearly $5,000 in 2017 taxes
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Grafton Village Board on Monday agreed to settle a challenge to the 2017 assessment of a building on its east side by refunding almost  $5,000 in  property taxes to  owner 1245 Building LLC.

The  board unanimously approved the settlement agreement following a closed session.

The building at 1245 Cheyenne Ave. is currently occupied by Shorewest Realtors.

“The property owner challenged our assessment for a litany of reasons, and we settled somewhere in the middle,” Village Administrator Jesse Thyes said, adding the settlement stipulates that the assessed value of the property is not to exceed $1.675 million. 

According to Village Attorney Michael Herbrand, the owner offered as evidence offers to purchase the property that justified the lower valuation.  

He said the owners paid the 2017 property taxes based on the village’s original assessment in order to file a protest.

“The theory dictates that if you want to challenge your assessment, you have to pay your taxes,” Thyes said. “You cannot refuse to pay your taxes.”

Thyes said the village will pay the settlement from its general fund balance, but will apply to the state for a partial refund from other taxing jurisdictions, including the Grafton School District, Ozaukee County and Milwaukee Area Technical College.

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