74.69(3) (3)County determination of postal service delay or error.
74.69(3)(a)(a) In this subsection, "late payment" means a payment required under s. 74.11 or 74.12 which is not timely made under sub. (1).
74.69(3)(b) (b) Any person required to pay interest or a penalty because of a late payment may, within 10 days of payment of interest or a penalty, but not later than December 1 of the year that the general property tax, special tax, special charge or special assessment was due, file a written request with the county treasurer requesting that the county board find that the late payment was timely under sub. (1) because the sole reason it was not timely was a delay or administrative error on the part of the U.S. postal service. The county board shall act on the request within 30 days after receipt of the request by the treasurer.
74.69(3)(c) (c) The county board shall find that a late payment was timely under sub. (1) if it determines that the sole reason the payment was not timely was a delay or administrative error by the U.S. postal service. If it so finds, the county board shall direct that any interest or penalty paid because of the late payment be reimbursed to the taxpayer by the taxation district or county which collected the interest or penalty. A taxation district treasurer or county treasurer shall comply with a directive issued under this paragraph within 10 days.
74.69(3)(d) (d) The county board may delegate the authority to make a determination under this subsection to any committee of the county board or committee or official of the county.
74.69(3)(e) (e) This subsection does not affect the authority of a taxation district treasurer or county treasurer to consider payment timely under sub. (1) if the treasurer concludes that the payment fails to satisfy the requirements of sub. (1) solely due to a delay or administrative error by the U.S. postal service.
74.69(3)(f) (f) This section does not apply to a city authorized to proceed under s. 74.87.
74.69 History History: 1987 a. 378.
74.71 74.71 Treasurer's receipts. When a taxation district treasurer pays money to a county treasurer under this chapter, the county treasurer shall give the taxation district treasurer a receipt prescribed by the department of revenue for the amount paid.
74.71 History History: 1987 a. 378; 1991 a. 39.
74.73 74.73 Rights of occupant or tenant who pays taxes. An occupant or tenant of property who pays real property taxes, special assessments, special charges or special taxes levied against the property, including any interest or penalties, may recover the amounts paid, plus interest at the rate of 1.0% per month or portion of a month, from the person under whom he or she is an occupant or tenant. Unless otherwise agreed between the parties, the occupant or tenant may deduct the amounts paid, plus interest, from rental payments otherwise due to the person under whom he or she is an occupant or tenant.
74.73 History History: 1987 a. 378.
74.75 74.75 Vacancies in office; how taxes collected. If property within a taxation district is not assessed because of a vacancy in a county, city, village or town office, the department of revenue shall appoint a person certified under s. 73.09 to perform the functions of the office of assessor. If property taxes, special charges, special assessments or special taxes are not collected on property because of a vacancy in a city, other than a city authorized to proceed under s. 74.87, village or town office, the county treasurer shall perform the functions of taxation district treasurer.
74.75 History History: 1987 a. 378.
74.77 74.77 Effect on lien of payment of taxes by lienholder.
74.77(1)(1) Payment increases lien. A person who holds a lien on real property and pays real property taxes, special assessments, special charges or special taxes levied against the property or any interest or penalty increases the amount of his or her most senior lien against the property by the amount paid, plus interest at the rate of 1.0% per month or fraction of a month. An increase in the amount of a lien by this section does not affect the priority or enforcement of the lien.
74.77(2) (2)Applicability. This section applies to all payments made by lien holders, regardless of whether they are made against current amounts, delinquent amounts or in redemption under ch. 75.
74.77 History History: 1987 a. 378.
74.79 74.79 Lienholder may contest tax.
74.79(1) (1) Any person who holds a lien on real property has the remedies of a property owner to contest, as to that property, the legality or validity of any real property tax, special assessment, special charge or special tax or the validity of a tax certificate issued under s. 74.57.
74.79(2) (2) A county to which a tax certificate has been issued under s. 74.57 has the remedies of a property owner to contest, as to any property included in the tax certificate, the assessed value of the property and the legality or validity of any real property tax, special assessment, special charge or special tax.
74.79 History History: 1987 a. 378; 1993 a. 453.
subch. IX of ch. 74 SUBCHAPTER IX
EXCEPTIONS FOR 1ST CLASS CITIES
74.81 74.81 Procedure in authorized city. In any city authorized by its charter to sell land for nonpayment of city taxes, the provisions of this subchapter relating to the time and place of payment and returns and settlements of the taxes and charges in the duplicate county tax roll shall apply in order to conform as nearly as may be to the procedure prescribed and followed under that charter, but otherwise the provisions of this subchapter shall govern.
74.81 History History: 1987 a. 378.
74.83 74.83 Agreements. Any 1st class city may enter into agreements to pay delinquent state, county, metropolitan sewerage district and technical college district real or personal property taxes, including accrued interest and penalties thereon, applicable to property located in that city at any stage in the proceedings for collection and enforcement of those taxes and thereafter collect and enforce those taxes, including interest and penalties on them, in its own name in accordance with any of the procedures or remedies applicable to the collection and enforcement of delinquent city, state, county, metropolitan sewerage district and technical college district taxes under this chapter and ch. 75.
74.83 History History: 1987 a. 378; 1993 a. 399, 491.
74.87 74.87 Payments in authorized cities.
74.87(1) (1) Definition. In this section, "city" means a city authorized by its charter to sell land for nonpayment of taxes.
74.87(2) (2)When payable generally. Except as provided in subs. (3) and (4), in a city, general property taxes, special charges and special assessments shall be paid to the city treasurer on or before January 31.
74.87(3) (3)Optional payment schedule.
74.87(3)(a)(a) The common council of a city may, by ordinance, permit payment in 10 equal installments, without interest, of general property taxes, special charges and special assessments of the city, other than for special assessments for which no payment extension is allowed. Each installment shall be paid on or before the last day of each month from January through October. Taxes on personal property may be paid in installments under this subsection if, on or before January 31 of the year in which the tax becomes due, the taxpayer has first paid to the city treasurer taxes on personal property levied by all taxing jurisdictions other than the city. The amounts and time of payment of city general property taxes, special assessments and charges in the city tax roll shall be as provided in the charter of the city.
74.87(4) (4)Optional payment schedule for certain taxes and charges. The common council of a city may, by ordinance, permit the payment in 7 equal installments, without interest, of a portion of all general property taxes and special charges in the duplicate county tax roll or of any tax or charge levied by a metropolitan sewerage district under ss. 200.21 to 200.65. Each installment shall be paid on or before the last day of each month from January through July.
74.87(5) (5)Exercise of installment option. The taxpayer may exercise the option provided under sub. (3) or (4) by making the first installment payment on or before January 31 of the year in which the general property taxes, special assessments or special charges are due.
74.87(6) (6)Late payment of installments.
74.87(6)(a)(a) If one installment only is not paid on the due date, that installment is not delinquent and does not render the unpaid balance delinquent, but the installment shall be collected, together with interest and penalty as provided under s. 74.47 from the day following the due date.
74.87(6)(b) (b) If a 2nd installment under sub. (3) is not paid on the due date, the city treasurer shall declare the unpaid balance delinquent and the general property taxes, special assessments and special charges shall be collected by the city treasurer together with interest and penalty as provided under s. 74.47 from the preceding February 1.
74.87(6)(c) (c) If a 2nd installment under sub. (4) is not paid on the due date, the entire unpaid balance is delinquent and shall be returned to the county treasurer for collection.
74.87(6)(d) (d) If the final installment is not paid by the end of the month following the due date, the delinquent unpaid balance shall be collected, with interest and penalty as provided under s. 74.47, from the preceding February 1.
74.87(7) (7)Payment considered timely. A payment is timely under subs. (2) to (4) under any of the following conditions:
74.87(7)(a) (a) It is mailed in a properly addressed envelope and received by the city treasurer with postage prepaid and the envelope is postmarked before midnight of the last date prescribed for making the payment.
74.87(7)(b) (b) It is received by the city treasurer by mail or otherwise within 5 days of the prescribed date.
74.87(7)(c) (c) If the only reason that the requirements of par. (a) or (b) are not met is delay by, or an administrative error of, the U.S. postal service.
74.87(8) (8)Return of tax roll. On or before February 25, the treasurer of a city acting under this section shall return the duplicate county tax roll to the county treasurer. The city treasurer shall collect delinquent city general property taxes, special assessments and special charges as provided in the city charter, except that the city treasurer shall certify all delinquent taxes levied by a metropolitan sewerage district that is created under ss. 200.21 to 200.65 to the county treasurer for collection.
74.87 History History: 1987 a. 378; 1991 a. 39; 1999 a. 150 s. 672.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Sept. 3, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Sept. 3, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 9-3-14)