Property Tax Billing and Collection

Property tax bills are prepared and mailed generally around December 10th of each year, following the completion of the annual City budget process (What Does My City Tax Bill Pay For?).

Questions regarding the assessment of your property, including assessed or fair market value, recent sales prices, last time the property was assessed, are best answered by the Assessor's office.

Recent tax and assessment data for City properties can be found by clicking the Tax Bill Information link, and following the onscreen instructions.

Real Estate Tax Billing and Collection

Real estate tax bills are due by January 31st after mailing in December.  Taxpayers have the choice of paying in full, or paying in two installments.  Should you choose to pay in installments, the 1st installment is due to the City of Brookfield by January 31st, and the 2nd installment is due to the Waukesha County Treasurer by July 31st.

Note: Failure to pay at least the 1st installment of a real estate tax bill by January 31st makes the total tax bill due and payable, and subject to interest and penalties.

Personal Property Tax Billing and Collection

Personal property tax bills are due in full by January 31st.  If payment is not paid in full by the due date, penalties and interest accrue at 1.5% per month or portion thereof.

Acceptable Forms of Payment

Payment types accepted by the City include cash or check. Credit cards are accepted for Real Estate taxes only via the Pay Your Tax Bill Online link.  Electronic checks are also accepted for Real Estate taxes only.

Note: Credit card transactions are subject to a 2.39% fee, with a $1.50 minimum transaction fee. Electronic check transactions are $1.50 per eCheck, $10 for transactions $10,000 or greater.

City Hall is open for property tax collection Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  In addition, a drop box for payments is available in the north parking lot of City Hall.  The City also partners with Tri City National Bank to assist with tax collections, particularly on days or hours when City Hall is not open.  You can find information regarding Tri City collection hours in the tax bill envelope, or look on the News and Announcements page starting in early December.

Other Tax Billing and Collection Bodies

In addition to the City of Brookfield, the City collects property taxes for 5 other taxing bodies: Elmbrook or Waukesha Schools (dependent on location of property); Waukesha County; Waukesha County Technical College; and the State of Wisconsin.  Instead of having you pay separate bills to each governmental unit, the levies from all these entities are combined into one bill for your convenience.  After you pay your property tax bill, the money collected is divided and each taxing jurisdiction receives its share.

Lottery and Gaming Credit for Homeowners

Wisconsin law provides a lottery and gaming credit to owners of a home in Wisconsin who use the home as their primary residence on January 1st of the year in which property taxes are levied.  Primary residence is defined as the home where an individual lives more than six months of the year.  The lottery and gaming credit varies from year to year depending on monies available from the state lottery.  The 2018 lottery credit was $164.23 for most Brookfield taxpayers.  If the most recent tax bill for your property did not show a lottery credit and you feel it should have, please contact the Waukesha County Treasurer.  A list of frequently asked questions regarding the lottery and gaming credit is available from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

First Dollar Credit

Wisconsin law provides a first dollar credit to all improved parcels within the state.  The first dollar credit for most improved Brookfield parcels for 2018 was $67.63.

Helpful Information

Please include the tax key number (7-10 digit number preceded by the letters BRC in the upper right hand corner of the bill) on the memo line of your check.

Copies of paid Real Estate property tax bills are available online by clicking the Tax Bill Information link and following the onscreen instructions.

Questions regarding your property tax bill should be directed to the Treasurer's office at 262-796-6640 or via Email.