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 Opens a New Window. link, and following the onscreen instructions.
Real Estate Tax Billing and Collection
- May be paid in full by January 31st.
- If using the Installment Method:
- AFTER January 31st payments will notbe accepted at the City of Brookfield Treasurer’s office.
- More information is available in the Real Estate Tax Insert and on the back of the tax bill.
- 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 (Business) Tax Billing and Collection
- Should be paid in full by January 31st.
- Note: If bill is not paid in full by January 31st, penalties and interest accrue at 1.5% per month on the outstanding balance due.
- Any business entity that received a personal property tax bill, and has discontinued doing business or changed their location, should contact the City Assessor’s office at 262-796-6649 or email at email@example.com.
- More information is available in the Personal Property Tax Insert and on the back of the tax bill.
Acceptable Forms of Payment
Online (This option is for Real Estate Tax Bills Only. Not available for Personal Property Tax Bills.)
- Payment types accepted: Credit cards and electronic checks via the Pay Your Tax Bill Online link.
- Note: Credit card transactions are 2.39% fee, with a $1.50 minimum transaction fee. Electronic check transactions are $1.50 per E-Check, $10 for transactions $10,000 or greater.
City Hall 24 Hour Drop Box
- Note: After January 31st Drop Box is for Personal Property (Business) Taxes Only
- Payment type accepted: Check
- Location: Brookfield City Hall east parking lot adjacent to Brookfield Central High School
- Emptied Monday-Friday at 7:45 a.m. and will be processed as of the prior business day.
- Note: After January 31st In Person is for Personal Property (Business) Taxes Only
- Payment type accepted: Cash or check
- City Hall is open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Other Tax Billing and Collection Bodies
- The City of Brookfield collects property taxes for the City and 5 other taxing bodies:
- Opens a New WiInstead of paying separate bills to each governmental unit, the levies from all these entities are combined into one bill. After tax collection the money 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 2020 lottery credit was $172.28 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 Opens a New Window. .
A list of frequently asked questions regarding the lottery and gaming credit is available from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue Opens a New Window. .
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 2020 was $70.30.
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 Opens a New Window. 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 Opens a New Window. .