2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
November 30, 2017 - Offered by Representative R. Brooks.
AB386-ASA1,1,2 1An Act to create 70.32 (1b) of the statutes; relating to: property tax
2assessments based on comparable sales and market segments.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB386-ASA1,1 3Section 1. 70.32 (1b) of the statutes is created to read:
AB386-ASA1,1,64 70.32 (1b) (a) To determine the value of property using generally accepted
5appraisal methods, the assessor shall consider all of the following as comparable to
6the property being assessed:
AB386-ASA1,1,87 1. Sales or rentals of properties exhibiting the same or a similar highest and
8best use with placement in the same real estate market segment.
AB386-ASA1,2,29 2. Sales or rentals of properties that are similar to the property being assessed
10with regard to age, condition, use, type of construction, location, design, physical
11features, and economic characteristics, including similarities in occupancy and the

1the potential to generate rental income. For purposes of this subdivision, such
2properties may be found locally, regionally, or nationally.
AB386-ASA1,2,43 (b) For purposes of par. (a), a property is not comparable if any of the following
AB386-ASA1,2,85 1. At or before the time of sale, the seller places any deed restriction on the
6property that changes the highest and best use of the property, or prohibits
7competition, so that it no longer qualifies as a comparable property under par. (a) 1.
8or 2. and the property being assessed lacks such a restriction.
AB386-ASA1,2,139 2. The property is dark property and the property being assessed is not dark
10property. In this subdivision, “dark property” means property that is vacant or
11unoccupied beyond the normal period for property in the same real estate market
12segment. For purposes of this subdivision, what is considered vacant or unoccupied
13beyond the normal period may vary depending on the property location.
AB386-ASA1,2,2114 (c) For purposes of par. (a), “highest and best use" means the specific use of the
15property as of the current assessment date or a higher use for which the property may
16be used as of the current assessment date, if the property is marketable for that use
17and the use is legally permissible, physically possible, not highly speculative, and
18financially feasible and provides the highest net return. When the current use of a
19property is the highest and best use of that property, value in the current use equals
20full market value. In this paragraph, “legally permissible” does not include a
21conditional use that has not been granted as of the assessment date.
AB386-ASA1,3,222 (d) For purposes of par. (a), “real estate market segment” means a pool of
23potential buyers and sellers that typically buy or sell properties similar to the
24property being assessed, including potential buyers who are investors or
25owner-occupants. For purposes of this paragraph, and depending on the type of

1property being assessed, the pool of potential buyers and sellers may be found locally,
2regionally, nationally, or internationally.
AB386-ASA1,2 3Section 2. Initial applicability.
AB386-ASA1,3,44 (1) This act first applies to the property tax assessments as of January 1, 2018.