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Wisconsin Law requires market value assessments of all property. The City of Brookfield Assessor’s Office is revaluing to keep pace with changes in the market. During a revaluation, all assessments are examined and adjustments are made when necessary to guarantee that all property is assessed at market value. This assures that taxes are distributed equitably and uniformly.
The assessor is a State certified individual whose duties are to discover, list and place a value on all taxable property in the city, in a uniform manner. The assessor is not involved in the collection of taxes.
Assessors consider information from many sources to determine your assessment including:
• Comparable property sales, including recent arm’s-length sale(s) of comparable properties• Current construction costs• Improvements to property• Location• Depreciation• Legal restrictions (ex: zoning ordinances)• General economic changes in the community
The most probable price which a property should bring in a competitive and open market under all conditions requisite to a fair sale, the buyer and seller each acting prudently and knowledgeably, and assuming the price is not affected by undue stimulus. Implicit in this definition is the consummation of a sale as of a specified date and the passing of title from seller to buyer under conditions whereby:
1. Buyer and seller are typically motivated2. Both parties are well informed or well advised, and acting in what they consider their own best interests3. A reasonable time is allowed for exposure in the open market4. Payment is made in terms of cash in U.S.dollars or in terms of financial arrangements comparable thereto5. The price represents the normal consideration for the property sold unaffected by special or creative financing
Yes. We have property records for each property. We update our records whenever permits are taken on your property. If there are no recent permits, we assume our records are still accurate. If you want to check what our records indicate, please contact our assessment staff to review your property record card.
No. Several factors can affect the rate of change such as:
We strongly recommend that you first talk with assessment staff. During this informal session you can learn how your assessment was made, what factors were considered, and what type of records are kept regarding your property.
The next step is to file an objection with the Municipal Clerk. Your objection must be written and must be filed on or before the date specified on the notice. When you receive your tax bill in December, it is too late to file an objection. Paying your taxes under protest does not constitute an assessment objection unless you have first filed an appeal with the Board of Review.
The Board of Review is a citizen panel, appointed by the Mayor. It is the Board's duty to hear evidence by the taxpayer and the assessor and to decide if the assessment is correct.
State law puts the burden of proof on the property owner to show that the assessment is incorrect. Keep in mind that your evidence must be strong enough to prove that the assessor's value is incorrect. Only relevant testimony given at the hearing will be considered by the Board. STATING THAT PROPERTY TAXES ARE TOO HIGH IS NOT RELEVANT TESTIMONY. You should establish in your own mind what you think your property is worth. The best evidence for this would be recent sales prices for properties similar to yours. The closer in proximity and similarity, the better the evidence. Another type of evidence is oral testimony from a witness who has made a recent appraisal of your property.
No. If you do not agree with the Board of Review decision, the next step is an appeal to the Circuit Court.
An appeal to the circuit court must be made within 90 days after notification of the decision of the Board of Review. The court will make a decision based solely on the testimony that was presented to the Board of Review. When your case goes before the circuit court, the court will review the record that was created at your Board of Review hearing and make its decision.
Yes, use the hyperlink and follow the attached instructions.
How to use the web map
We ask for this type of change in writing.
Via US Mail to: Assessor’s Office 2000 N Calhoun Rd Brookfield, WI 53005
Via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In person: Assessor’s office located in City Hall
Any name changes due to marriage/divorce/death must be handled with a document filed with Waukesha County Register of Deeds office, located at: 515 W Moreland Blvd Waukesha, WI 53188.
(website: Waukesha County)
See the Department of Revenue website.
No, the City Prosecutor represents the City of Brookfield in Municipal Court. You will need to appear in court on your scheduled court date to speak with the City Prosecutor. Check in begins at 5:00 p.m.
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Call GFL at (262) 367-6040.
Many business celebrations (grand openings, anniversaries, holiday celebrations, spaparties, customer appreciation events, etc.) that serve alcohol to their customers are doing soillegally under state law.
For questions regarding your property tax bill, please call the Treasurer's Office at 262-796-6640. Copies of paid property tax bills are available online by clicking on the Tax Bill Information link and following the onscreen search instructions.
The City does not perform final readings for utility bills for sales of property; buyers and sellers should have the utility charges prorated as part of the closing process. If you are currently on the Automatic Payment program please notify the Accounting office in writing to ensure that your utility account is removed from direct debit, and the bill is mailed to the correct address. If you utilize the City’s online payment option through PSN, for auto pay please make sure to go online and cancel your recurring payments. If an installment remains due on a property tax bill, contact the Waukesha County Treasurer for payment options. If a parcel is sold, the address change for property tax bills is processed as part of recording the change in ownership of a parcel – no additional action is needed. Changes in mailing addresses for property tax bills not connected with a change in ownership, should be sent to the Assessor’s office at City Hall. Changes in mailing addresses for utility bills not connected with a change in ownership should be sent to the Accounting department at City Hall or Finance Email.
Payment types accepted by the City in the Treasurer’s Office, include cash or check. Payments may be made in person at the Treasurer’s Office in City Hall, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until January 31st. Payments can also be made at one of the four Tri-City Bank branches located in Brookfield during the Tax Collection period. You can find information regarding Tri City collection hours on the tax insert enclosed with the bill, or look on the News and Announcements page starting in early December. In addition, a Payment Drop Box is located in the east parking lot at Brookfield City Hall, adjacent to Brookfield Central High School. Mailed payments are encouraged and should be MAILED EARLY. A return envelope is enclosed with your tax bill for your convenience. Please note: The West Allis PO Box on the return envelope is correct, because it is the location of our bank’s processing center. Any payments that are being mailed without the remittance portion should be mailed directly to 2000 N Calhoun Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005. Please include the tax key number on the check. Credit card and electronic check payments are available for real estate tax bills only, through the City of Brookfield website. Click on the "Payments" link on the home page and follow the onscreen instructions. 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. Taxpayers have the choice of paying in full or paying in 2 installments. Should you choose to pay in installments, the 1st installment is due to the City of Brookfield by January 31st. The 2nd installment is due to the Waukesha County Treasurer by July 31st. Please mail or deliver all real estate tax bill payments made after January 31st, including 2nd installment payments directly to: Waukesha County Treasurer, 515 Moreland Blvd, Room 148 Waukesha, WI 53188 Phone: (262) 548-7029 Fax: (262) 896-8037 or click on the following link to Pay Your Taxes Online.
The property tax bills are typically mailed around December 10th each year, following the adoption of the annual City Budget.
Utility bill payments can be made online with an electronic check or credit card. Otherwise, payments can be mailed, placed in the drop box located in the east parking lot adjacent to Brookfield Central High School, or in person in the Treasurer's Office at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bills are mailed quarterly and become due in the months of January, April, July and October.
Sewer volume charges for metered residential customers are based on actual metered water flows for the first, second and fourth calendar quarters. The third calendar quarter’s sewer volume charge (summer quarter) is based on the actual metered water flow for said quarter, or the calculated average of the three previous quarters, using whichever is less. A minimum calculated average of 8,000 gallons is required for the average to be used for the third quarter. This credit will be given automatically to all residential customers.
Residential customers who have extensive outdoor water usage in early spring, late summer or fall may wish to install a sewer-deduct meter at their cost to measure “non-sewer” usage. Customers wishing to do this must call the Accounting Department at (262) 796-6661 or Finance Email to obtain an application form. Once the deduct meter is installed and inspected, sewer volume charges will be based on the consumption from the primary meter less the consumption from the deduct meter and not the calculated average as outlined above.
As much as we greatly appreciate the gesture, we are unable to accept any food donations at the City of Brookfield Fire Department. This includes candies, cookies, cupcakes, pizza, subs, coffee, soda, gift cards, discounts, etc. Even though we are unable to accept these donations, we would still like to thank you for thinking of our firefighters and paramedics. Please do not interpret this message as ungrateful, for we are humbled beyond words at the outpouring of encouragement and support during this pandemic.
Instead, please offer any discounts, gift cards, food or beverages to the families who are struggling to feed their children, the older generation, the self-employed, or to anyone else who is suffering financially from COVID-19 measures.
Thank for your continued support.
The State of Wisconsin has adopted the NFPA 1 (2012) Fire Prevention Code, which restricts the use of cooking grills for residential multi-family buildings (those with three or more units).
Here are a few key highlights from that code for cooking equipment:
For more code information and safety tips.
If a Fire Department or Police Department official determines that any open burning or recreational fire creates or causes a health or safety hazard or otherwise unreasonably interferes with the use and enjoyment of other properties within the City, the official may order the fire immediately extinguished and may extinguish the fire if the person refuses to do so after the extinguishment order.
For a more detailed information on Open Burning and Recreational Fires, please visit the following City of Brookfield Municipal Ordinance website page - Read Ordinance
Observing any violations? Please call the Police Department non-emergency phone number at (262) 787-3700.
Please submit the EMS Records Request Form to the City of Brookfield Fire Department, via mail (2100 N Calhoun Rd Brookfield, WI 53005) or email (email@example.com).
For all ambulance billing payments and questions please contact:
LifeQuest ServicesN2930 State Road 22Wautoma, WI 54982-5267Customer Care/Billing Support: 1.800.786.4911Legal Desk/Records Request: 1.866.987.4911Fax: 1.855.642.7228
Secure Fire & Safety11905 W Ripley AveWauwatosa, WI 53226414-257-4222
Action Fire & Alarm1516 S West AveWaukesha, WI 53189262-521-3340
Great Lakes Fire Protection21850 Watertown RdWaukesha, WI 53186262-798-0443
If you qualify, then call the City of Brookfield Fire Department at (262) 782-8932 and schedule your installation today!
Please submit the Records Request Form to the City of Brookfield Fire Department, via mail (2100 N Calhoun Rd Brookfield, WI 53005) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The City of Brookfield Fire Department does not have information regarding petroleum storage tanks. We recommend you access the information from the State of Wisconsin website at
Survive Alive field trips are arranged by our Community Risk Reduction Officer. Currently, field trips are coordinated together with Elmbrook public and parochial school teachers of 3rd and 5th grade students. Usually contacts are made via email at the beginning of each school year. If you haven’t been contacted, please call our Community Risk Reduction Officer at (262) 787-3643 or email.
Our Community Risk Reduction Officer can schedule this for you. Call (262) 787-3643 or email. Keep in mind that October dates book up very quickly. We will try to accommodate your schedule, but there are a few things we need to consider as well. Please have a couple of dates/times in mind when calling.In addition, we never can anticipate an emergency the day of your tour, so have a Plan B in case we are unable to facilitate a talk during your scheduled time.
Call our Community Risk Reduction Officer at (262) 787-3643 of email. We will try to accommodate your schedule, but there are a few things we need to consider as well. Please have a couple of dates/times in mind when calling. Weekday tours typically work best. In addition, we never can anticipate an emergency the day of your tour, so have a Plan B in case we are unable to facilitate a tour during your scheduled time.
As public employees we cannot, however, accept any goods or services (to include, gratuities, gifts, discounts, rewards, loans, or fees). Public employees must be independent, impartial and responsible to the people; therefore, firefighters cannot use their position for gain that would not also be available to any private citizen. While we gratefully appreciate the gesture of discounts and home-baked goods, we will have to respectfully decline due to our role as agents of public purpose and the conflict of interest that goods and services present.
The Brookfield Fire Department does NOT dispose of medical sharps. Please refer to: Waukesha County or State.
No, the City of Brookfield Fire Department does not offer CPR classes, but you can contact the Red Cross at (800) 236-8680 for more information regarding CPR classes or
We do not have the proper facilities to have birthday parties at any Brookfield Fire Station. However, we offer the option of scheduling a station tour. To schedule a department tour contact the Community Risk Reduction Officer at 262-787-3643 or email. Station tours last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. We will try to accommodate your schedule, but there are a few things we need to consider as well. Please have a couple of dates/times in mind when calling. In addition, we never can anticipate an emergency, so have a Plan B in case we are unable to facilitate a tour during your scheduled time.
The City of Brookfield Fire Department does not provide uniform patches to those who request, for any reason, due to security protocols.
No, the City of Brookfield Fire Department does not collect old or unused medications. Please refer to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department website for Waukesha County’s Prescription/Over-the-Counter Medicine Collection Program.
Please fill out this application and submit with appropriate fee to our Fire Inspector:
The State of Wisconsin mandates in State Statute 101.14(2)(b) that the Fire Department conduct fire prevention inspections.
City Ordinance 8.16.020 (B) Inspect as often as may be necessary at least once per calendar year and with no interval greater than fifteen (15) months, all public buildings and places of employment for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fire, or any violations of any law or ordinance relating to fire hazards or to the prevention of fires.
Fireworks, for the most part, are illegal to "sell, expose, offer for sale, use, keep, discharge, or explode" within Brookfield without a user’s permit. For more information, read the full Brookfield Municipal Code on fireworks.
No we do not. Residents can bring their yard waste to the Recycling Center or hire a contractor to pick it up and haul it away to a location that accepts yard waste. The City of Brookfield Recycling Center does not accept yard waste from contractors.
It is in the best interest of the adjacent property owner to clear snow from fire hydrants for easy access in case of a fire and to ensure mailboxes are accessible to the mail carrier.
The selection procedure typically consists of a written examination. After this process has been completed, pursuant to City of Brookfield Police and Fire Commission Rules, successful candidates are placed on an eligibility list in rank order for hiring interview consideration. Finalists are subject to an extensive background check, post offer physical ability test, medical examination and drug screen. Current Job Opportunities
To use some features, you identify yourself by logging in. You log in by typing in your library barcode number and your password. Your password is what your PIN was in the old catalog. If you recently applied for a library card, your password is the last four digits of your phone number. You log in only once, and you remained logged in until you log out or until there has been 3 minutes of inactivity on the screen. Follow these steps to log in for your entire session: 1. Click Log In in the My Account menu. The log-in form is displayed. 2. Type your barcode number (from your library card) in the Barcode Number box. 3. Type your account password in the Password box. 4. Click Log In. Your name and the Log Out link are displayed on the left side of the page when you are logged in. 5. Log out by doing one of the following: • Click the Log Out link at the bottom of the account page, if you are viewing information in your library account • Click Log Out in the My Account menu • Click Log Out on the left hand side of the screen Important: Logging out protects your privacy. If you are using the online catalog in the library, be sure to log out.
Want to place holds or access your account without having to remember your library card number? Now you can! Setting up a username is easy and can be done from the comfort of home.
Please contact the Circulation Desk at 262-782-4140 Opt. 3 with any questions.
If you owe fines of $5.00 or more, you can pay online with a credit card. Just log into MY ACCOUNT and click on “Pay Fines Now!” This option only appears if you owe $5.00 or more. A 5% service fee applies.
You may renew items in person, over the phone at 262-782-4140 Opt. 3 or click on the My Account link below. All circulating materials may be renewed three times. Items with holds on them, items previously renewed three times, interlibrary loan items and items from the browsing collection may NOT be renewed.
Click on the following link for details:
Your CAFE library card may be used at any CAFE member library. All public libraries in Waukesha and Jefferson County are CAFE members libraries. Questions? Call the Circulation Desk (262) 782-4140 Opt. 3 for more information.
The Brookfield Public Library provides access to Overdrive downloadable collections. The link to this site can be found on the Brookfield Public Library website – Subscription Databases page. Overdrive is collection of eaudio books, evideos and eBooks that are compatible with a variety of devices including the iPad, the Nook, iPods, Kindle and a variety of MP3 players and more! All you need is your Library card.
Yes. Internet access is available to anyone using the Brookfield Public Library. Special restrictions apply to persons aged 17 and under using one of the library's 28 Internet stations. Wi-Fi access is open to all. Printing from the library's computers as well as remotely is $0.15/page. The Internet stations also have access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
Yes, the Brookfield Public Library has a scanner for the public to use.
No - Court costs are already included in the fine amount stated on your citation. There are also no additional costs to have your case heard by the Judge at trial other than your time off of work, etc. to attend the trial. There may be additional costs involved in subpoenaing a witness or hiring an expert witness to appear on your behalf to testify at trial should your case demand the same. Instructions for subpoenaing witness are provided by the court. All costs associated with preparation for trial are your sole responsibility.
No - The City Prosecutor is only available in the courtroom on your scheduled court date.
You can either pay online, by mail or drop off your payment to the City of Brookfield Police Department at 2100 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield, WI 53005. Make checks payable to "City of Brookfield". If you are paying in person the City accepts Master Card or Visa. Out of state checks are not accepted. Please do not send cash through the mail.
Pay online, pay in person by cash, check, money order or Master Card, Visa. Pay by mail in the form of a check or money order. (Out of state checks are not accepted) The City does not accept payments over the phone. 2100 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield, WI 53005 ** Do not send cash in the mail **
If you appear at an Initial Appearance/Pre-trial Conference with a citation for Operating After Suspension/Revocation, the City Prosecutor will review your driving record with you to determine if you are suspended for non-payment of a Municipal Citation. If that is the case, the City Prosecutor may propose a settlement that allows you to follow a specific procedure to reinstate your driver's license. If, after the conference with the City Prosecutor, you are still unsure as to what you need to do to reinstate your driver's license, ask the City Prosecutor to re-explain your settlement proposal or ask the Judge when your case is called.
When you appear on your court date, you will have the opportunity to discuss programming options with the prosecutor. However, It is up to the prosecutor to determine whether a specific program or class is appropriate for your offense.
Click on link for IID information.
A defendant has the right to reopen any municipal case based on the factors and requirements stated in the Wisconsin Statutes. There is a nonrefundable fee for requesting a reopen in the City of Brookfield Municipal court in the amount of $25.00. The Judge makes the final decision on whether or not to allow the reopening of a case. Please see the link below for further information regarding the request to reopen a case.
Use this link.
The City typically owns property adjacent to roadways which is referred to as the Right of Way (ROW). This area is where most utilities are located. The pruning or removal of trees located in this area is performed by the City. Residential streets typically have a ROW of 30’ from the center of the road. Arterial streets have a greater ROW. The Right-of-Way can vary greatly on both residential and arterial streets.
City owned trees are pruned on a city-wide programmed cycle. The City is divided into six forestry management units. Within each unit, all public trees in parks, street right-of-ways and public grounds are pruned. After all six units are pruned, the cycle will start over. Stated simply, all City trees will be pruned once every six years. This is the most effective process to care for City trees.
Annually, the City arborist conducts a city-wide tree removal survey of public trees. This usually occurs in September. Trees identified for removal will be marked with an orange dot. All dead or hazardous trees marked will be scheduled to be removed over the winter months.
Trees on Private Property
If you have questions about trees on your property, there are a number of ways to get information. The UW-Extension Horticulture Helpline can be called at (262) 548-7779 to answer your tree or horticulture questions.
On the web you can also access the University of Wisconsin’s urban horticulture site @ http://uwex.edu/ces/wihort/. There is an abundance of information in all areas of horticulture located there.
Finally, it may be best to call in a professional to evaluate your trees. A certified arborist can give you recommendations on the core of your trees. A list of certified arborists for hire can be found at the Wisconsin Arborist Association website @ http://www.waa-isa.org/
Fox Brook Park is managed and operated by Waukesha County Parks & Land Use Department. Link to their site.
Link to Community Recreation Group page.
No person shall park any vehicle on any street in the city between two a.m. and six a.m. of any day except with express permission of the police department.
Accident reports are available at the police department 3 to 4 days after the date of occurrence. Please call the Records Department at 262-787-3702 to request your report. Records will have your report available for pick up or the report can be mailed to you. There is a charge of 15 cents per page.
Call the Police Department Records Division at 262-787-3702 to request a copy. A record request will be processed for review to determine if it may be released. Some records cannot legally be released: cases which are still under investigation, cases currently pending before the courts, juvenile cases, cases in which release might endanger victims/witnesses, cases in which victims/witnesses have requested confidentiality, etc. You will be notified by phone about your request. Reports may be picked up at the police station front desk or may be mailed out. There is a 15 cent per page charge.
You can either pay online, by mail or drop off your payment to the City of Brookfield Police Department at 2100 N Calhoun Rd. Brookfield, WI 53005. Make checks payable to "City of Brookfield". If you are paying in person we accept Master Card or Visa. No out of state checks are accepted. Please do not send cash through the mail. You must keep your receipt to present to the Department of Motor Vehicles if you wish to reinstate your license.
Click on Recycling Center link to view.
No we do not. Residents can bring their yard waste to the Recycling Center or hire a contractor.
Click on this link - Burning.
A: The Contractor will collect one bulky item curbside weekly on the resident’s regularly scheduled collection day for no additional cost. Resident should call GFL, (262) 367-6040, before the collection day to inform them of the bulky item placed at the end of driveway for pick-up and to get any additional information necessary for collection and disposal of the item.
Bulky Items includes the following items generated at residential premises with no one item exceeding 50 pounds in weight:
Bulky items do not include any of the following:
GFL is the contracted residential waste hauler for our City. Call Customer Service at (262) 367-6040 for missed pickups, questions, arrange for appliance pickup, and complaints.
The Recycling Center is open year round on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. In addition, from April through November, the Center is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Click on link to Carpeting and Construction.
Click on link to Major Appliances.
In Brookfield, we have good records of what the City installed, but limited records detailing the pipes that lead into homes as well as those pipes inside each home. While the City does not believe there are lead water service lines in Brookfield, we need your help to confirm that.
This information is provided so you can begin planning now for this future water main assessment. The assessment may be paid in a lump sum or in a ten year timeframe at a 7% interest rate.
It must be stated that these are only examples of what the assessment could be, based on averages and bids received on projects in the past few years. Actual assessments will vary in the future as construction costs vary and the frontage of properties vary. These costs are meant to be representative only and in no way provide a guarantee of a maximum cost for the water main assessment. There are other rules that apply for oddly configured or small lots that affect the assessment costs. For further details, please contact the Engineering Division on rules for calculating water main assessments.
These sample assessments do NOT include the cost for property owners to install water service from the lot line to the house. These costs can range from $3,000 to $6,000 or more depending on internal plumbing, distance from the lot line to the house, trees or patios that may need to be restored, etc.
These water sprinkling regulations apply to all properties in the City, whether on private wells or the municipal system.
Exceptions: The Utility will allow exceptions to the policy if the property owner contacts the Utility to describe the condition for which an exception is sought and if the request fits into the following categories:• watering of newly established lawns, shrubs, or trees,• irrigation of crops,• commercial car washes that recycle their water,• golf courses that draw water from on-site retention ponds.
Additional restrictions may be placed on water sprinkling based on the need to conserve water resulting from dry conditions, mechanical failure of the wells/pumps or other emergency.