Frequently Asked Questions


When are the real estate property tax bills mailed out each year?

††††† The local municipality mails out the property tax bills by December 15th.

What happens if I donít receive a real estate tax bill?

If you do not receive your tax bill by December 20, please call the County Treasurerís office.Failure to receive a property tax bill does not relieve the taxpayer of the obligation to pay their taxes timely.

When is the first installment or full real estate tax payment due and to whom?

The first installment or full payment option is due on or before January 31 to your Local Treasurer.

What happens if I miss the January 31 deadline?

If the first installment is not paid by January 31, the entire unpaid balance becomes delinquent and is subject to interest and penalty retroactive to February 1 at a rate of 1.5% per month until it is paid in full.Delinquent real estate tax payments are payable to the Washington County Treasurer.

How does the Treasurer determine if a real estate tax payment is considered timely?

Property tax payments are considered timely if they are postmarked on or before the respective due dates according to WI State Statutes.We urge taxpayers to mail several days early to avoid postal delay when mailing from community mail boxes.You may consider going to the Post Office and having them hand-cancel your envelope to assure a timely postmark.

Does the County Treasurer set up repayment plans with taxpayers?

No, but we encourage taxpayers to make whatever payments they can to reduce their outstanding balance as well as the amount of interest and penalties that will be assessed.We will accept partial payments of $50 or more on delinquent property taxes.

When is the second installment of my postponed real estate taxes due?

The second installment of property tax is due on or before July 31 to the County Treasurer.Payments that are mailed must be postmarked no later than July 31st to be considered a timely payment.

If my escrow check is payable to the local treasurer, do I have to get a new check?

No, we can accept the check if we are collecting the taxes. We do not accept checks payable to anyone besides the Washington County Treasurer, the local treasurer, or the deeded property owner.