Madisonians to hold meeting to discuss property assessment hikes

MADISON, Wis. - North side neighbors are banding together over a hike in property assessments. 

Gail Grubis is one of those neighbors. She has lived on Nevada Road for the past 10 years and considers her community as part of her family. When she received her tax assessment in the mail, though, she was floored -- it was up $14,000. 

"There's no way I can afford whatever taxes are going to increase from $14,000," she said. 

Grubis is one of several residents who will be attending a Wednesday meeting to discuss the assessment hikes. The city’s assessor and finance director will be present, as well as State Rep.

Melissa Sargent to talk about potential state tax credit programs that might be able to help. 

City tax assessor Mark Hanson said homes sales are helping to push up assessments. The average across Madison is just over 7 percent. In neighborhoods with many starter homes, including Grubis's, the increase is closer to 14 percent.

But Hanson says that doesn't necessarily mean a tax hike, as the area continues to see lower rates.

"So maybe assessments go up 7 percent this year, and tax bills go up an average of half that amount," he said.

"We don't want to push people out of their homes," Grubis said. 

Grubis is also appealing her assessment. Residents have until the end of the week to do so. 

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Vera Court Neighborhood Center. 

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