75.67(1)(1)In counties having a population of 750,000 or more containing a city authorized to proceed under s. 74.87, whenever either such county or city acquires any property by tax deed or by quitclaim deed or by any other means, the issuance of other tax certificates and the redemption and cancellation thereof shall be as provided by this section.
75.67(2) (2)All tax certificates issued upon such property by such county or city on the same day or subsequent to the date of issuance of the certificate upon which such deed was acquired, and which certificates are owned by such county or city at the time of the acquisition of the property, shall be assigned to such county or city so owning such property. On any issuance of tax certificate subsequent to the acquisition of such property after the first Monday of August in any year, such county or city so owning such land shall be the exclusive recipient of the tax certificates. Any issuance of a tax certificate in violation of these provisions shall be null and void. It is the duty of the city and the county treasurer to give the other, as the case may be, written notice of the acquisition of such property within 24 hours, Sundays and holidays excluded, after such tax deed or other conveyance has been acquired; and upon receipt of such notice it is the duty of such treasurer, as the case may be, to make entry of such notice upon the treasurer's records.
75.67(3) (3)
75.67(3)(a)(a) Whenever such property has been so acquired, the city treasurer shall notify the county clerk and the county treasurer, or the county clerk shall notify the city treasurer, as the case may be, in writing thereof within 24 hours thereafter, Sundays and holidays excluded. The county treasurer or the city treasurer upon receipt of such notice shall forthwith charge the amount, without interest or penalties, of all city, county, state and metropolitan sewerage district current and delinquent taxes, all unpaid installments of special assessments and other assessments, charges and tax certificates which are liens upon the land, and which are held by or due to such county or city, as the case may be, and upon which the time limitations of s. 75.20 have not expired, to a “tax deed in force" account, and such taxes, assessments and certificates shall thereby be considered as paid or redeemed and such taxes shall be marked paid or redeemed on the tax roll, as the case may be; thereafter the amounts thereof owned by or due to such county shall be charged back against such city and such amounts thereof owned or held by or due to such city shall be credited to such city in the next tax levy upon such city by the county.
75.67(3)(b) (b) On or before October 1 of each year, the city treasurer and the county treasurer shall respectively furnish the other with an itemized statement of the amounts so charged by the treasurer, as the case may be, to the city's or county's “tax deed in force" account as a result of tax deeds taken by the city or county. The county clerk shall include an itemized statement of such amounts in the apportionment filed by the clerk. If any such tax deed is set aside, the city treasurer and the county treasurer shall respectively credit the other with the amounts so charged with respect to the deed set aside, and the amounts and entries by either treasurer with reference thereto, comprising said amounts shall be as though no charge had been made to a “tax deed in force" account; and the city treasurer and the county treasurer, respectively, shall, on or before October 1 of each year, advise the other of such credits due.
75.67(3)(c) (c) In the event that such property is so acquired by such city while the county tax roll is in the possession of its city treasurer, the latter shall consider such taxes as paid and mark the tax roll accordingly, and furnish the county treasurer with a statement thereof upon a form provided by the county. The city treasurer shall return such records to the county treasurer with the delinquent county tax roll, and shall receive credit therefor the same as for delinquent taxes. The amount for which such credit is given shall be included in the amount to be charged back to such city in succeeding apportionment of county taxes.
75.67 History History: 1985 a. 135; 1987 a. 27, 378; 2017 a. 207 s. 5.
75.69 75.69 Sale of tax delinquent real estate.
75.69(1)(1)Except as provided in sub. (1m), no tax delinquent real estate acquired by a county may be sold unless the sale and appraised value of such real estate has first been advertised by publishing on the county's website and either by publication of a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, or by advertising on a multiple listing service, no later than 240 days after the county acquires the property or, beginning in 2026, no later than 180 days after the county acquires the property. Any county may accept the bid most advantageous to it but, at the first attempt to sell the property, every bid less than the appraised value of the property shall be rejected. Any county is authorized to sell for any amount any land previously advertised for sale after advertising the sale of such land by publication of a class 1 notice, under ch. 985; except that no property may be sold for an amount that is less than the property's appraised value unless the county board or a committee designated by the county board has reviewed and approved such a sale and no property may be sold for an amount that is less than the amount of the highest bid unless the county board or a committee designated by the county board prepares a written statement, available for public inspection, that explains the reasons for accepting a bid that is less than the highest bid. In this subsection, “appraised value" means the value determined, at the discretion of the county board, by the county board, a committee designated by the county board, or a certified appraiser, as defined in s. 458.01 (7).
75.69(1m) (1m)
75.69(1m)(am)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2. and par. (an), if a property is located in a county with a population of 750,000 or more, the county shall advertise the sale of tax delinquent real estate by publishing on the county's website and either by publication of a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, or by advertising on a multiple listing service, no later than 36 months after the day on which the county acquires the property, if the property meets any of the of the following criteria:
75.69(1m)(am)1.a. a. The property is a vacant lot.
75.69(1m)(am)1.b. b. The property is residential property occupied by a person with a valid ownership or leasehold interest in the property at the time of foreclosure but is not a single-family, owner-occupied residence.
75.69(1m)(am)1.c. c. The property is eligible for a redemption or sale-back process authorized by s. 75.35 (3), and set by local ordinance.
75.69(1m)(am)1.d. d. The property qualifies for a raze order under s. 66.0413.
75.69(1m)(am)1.e. e. The county has estimated a cost of repair that exceeds 50 percent of the property's assessed value in the year of the county's acquisition.
75.69(1m)(am)1.f. f. The delinquent property taxes, fees, interest, penalties, and other costs under s. 75.36 (3) (a) exceed 75 percent of the property's assessed value in the year of the county's acquisition.
75.69(1m)(am)1.g. g. The county has reason to believe the property is a brownfield pursuant to s. 238.13 (1) (a).
75.69(1m)(am)1.h. h. The property is subject to s. 75.106.
75.69(1m)(am)2. 2. For purposes of this paragraph, the sale of a single-family, owner-occupied residence is subject to the 240-day and 180-day notice requirements under sub. (1), unless the residence meets the criteria under subd. 1. d. to h.
75.69(1m)(an) (an) With regard to property located in a county with a population of 750,000 or more and obtained by foreclosure prior to March 24, 2024, the county shall attempt to sell such property no later than March 24, 2034. If any such property remains unsold after the expiration of that 10-year period, the county shall advertise the sale of the property by publishing on the county's website and either by publication of a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, or by advertising on a multiple listing service, no later than 180 days after the expiration of that 10-year period, regardless of the property type.
75.69(1m)(b) (b) Notwithstanding sub. (1), any county may advertise the sale of any or all of its real estate that has been tax delinquent for at least 4 years by publishing a class 3 notice under ch. 985, indicating in which municipality or municipalities and in which ward or wards the real estate is located and the place and date for filing written bids but without listing specific parcels or appraised values for the parcels, if the county makes readily available in the courthouse a list of the parcels and the appraised value of each parcel.
75.69(1n) (1n)A county may petition the circuit court that handled the initial tax foreclosure under this chapter for relief from any of the provisions, including the deadlines imposed under sub. (1) or (1m), for cause, for a specific property, if that petition is filed no later than the applicable deadline for publishing notice under sub. (1) or (1m).
75.69(2) (2)This section shall not apply to withdrawal and sale of county forest lands, nor to the sale or exchange of lands to or between municipalities or to the state.
75.69(3) (3)This section shall apply to all tax delinquent lands regardless of the date of acquisition by the county.
75.69(4) (4)No tax delinquent real estate may be sold by a county under this section unless notice of such sale is mailed to the clerk of the municipality in which the real estate is located at least 3 weeks prior to the time of the sale. Any county may sell tax delinquent real estate by open or closed bid.
75.69 History History: 1983 a. 344; 1987 a. 378; 1995 a. 201; 2003 a. 123; 2017 a. 207 s. 5; 2023 a. 207; s. 35.17 correction in (1m) (am) 1. (intro.), c.
75.69 Annotation Counties may not transfer county owned mineral rights, acquired through nonpayment of taxes, to private persons without following the appraisal and public sale provisions of this section. 67 Atty. Gen. 236.
75.69 Annotation When a county proceeds under sub. (1), it can accept a bid it considers, in good faith, to be most advantageous to the county in view of the criteria in the bid notice. 70 Atty. Gen. 1.
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2021-22 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2023 Wis. Act 272 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on June 19, 2024. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after June 19, 2024, are designated by NOTES. (Published 6-19-24)