Open Book and Board of Review are usually held in late April to beginning of June. (updated 12/8/2021)
These meetings will be posted according to law.
Any assessment questions should be directed to the Town’s Assessor, Walt Hughes of Associated Appraisal Consultants, INC. 906-285-2291.
Each municipality in Wisconsin is required to have an Open Book and Board of Review (BOR) session.
Open Book takes place first. This is the time when the municipality’s assessment roll – which lists all the properties – is open for examination.
This allows the property owner to informally discuss the property value with the local assessor. If the property value is changed at Open Book, the assessor corrects the assessment roll.
If the property owner is not satisfied with the assessment after attending Open Book, he/she can bring their concerns to the Board of Review.
The Board or Review is a statutorily-required local board. It is a quasi-judicial (court-like) board. The Board hears assessment appeals from property owners. After review, if the Board agrees with the property owner’s evidence, it can amend the assessment to reflect those changes.
If you intend to file an objection, you must file a written or oral notice of intent to appeal with the BOR clerk at least 48 hours before the first scheduled BOR meeting
Property Taxes: Only Washburn County Real Estate Taxes and Personal Property Taxes for buildings on leased lands can be paid in 2 installments. All other taxes must be paid in full.
Interest on delinquent taxes begins on February 1st and accumulates the total amount of your remaining unpaid taxes at the rate of 1% per month until paid (fraction of a month counts as a whole month). Payments must be postmarked no later than January 31st for first installment and July 31st for second installment to avoid interest. Tax information is usually available after the 2nd week of December and tax bills are generally mailed out the beginning to middle of December.
First installment or full payments are due to the Town of Birchwood Treasurer by January 31st by check or money order (no cash will be accepted). Provide/include a copy of your tax bill, payment stub or tax ID number with your payment. If you want your taxes receipted in 2021, it must be postmarked or processed by December 31, 2021. Please pay careful attention to the amounts and the due dates printed on the front of your tax bill.
NO RECEIPTS WILL BE SENT UNLESS A SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE IS PROVIDED.
A receipt may also be printed from the Washburn County Website at www.co.washburn.wi.us/. Town of Birchwood accepts all tax payments through January 31st of each year either:
By mail with check, M/O or cashiers check made payable to the Town of Birchwood and mailed to N1549 Co. Hwy. T, Birchwood, WI 54817.
Drop Box located outside the Town Hall door available 24/7, with check, M/O or cashiers check made payable to the Town of Birchwood and mailed to N1549 Co. Hwy. T, Birchwood, WI 54817.
In Person Call Nicci at 715-651-3864 to set up an appointment.
If making payment by check, your tax receipt is not valid until the check has cleared all banks.
Town of Birchwood Town Hall: (715) 354-7047,
Town Treasurer: (715) 651-3864,
Town of Birchwood website: www.townofbirchwood.net
Town of Birchwood email: [email protected]
Second installment (if remaining) is due to the Washburn County Treasurer by July 31st.
Any tax payment made after January 31st should be mailed directly to the Washburn County Treasurer at P.O. Box 340, 10 Fourth Avenue, Shell Lake, WI 54871-0340, 715-468-4650, NOT THE TOWN OF BIRCHWOOD TREASURER except for Personal Property payments.
Information for second installment, delinquent taxes or payment details, please contact:
Personal Property Taxes, except improvements on leased land, must be paid in full on or before 5 working days after January 31st or the taxes are delinquent. All Personal Property Payments are paid to the Town of Birchwood.