Welcome to the Village of DeForest's Property Assessment page, where transparency and accuracy meet to ensure a fair and equitable assessment process for all residents. Here, you'll find valuable information about how property assessments are conducted within our community, the role they play in determining property taxes, and resources to help you better understand your assessment. Whether you're a homeowner, business owner, or simply curious about the assessment process, we're here to provide clarity and support every step of the way.

Open Book

  • Property owners are encouraged to attend Open Book if they have any questions on how their assessment was determined and the factors that were taken into consideration in arriving at your assessment. Examples of some of these are: sales of comparable properties, current construction costs, improvements to property, location, depreciation, legal restrictions such as zoning ordinances and general economic changes in the community.
  • The Assessor conducts an Open Book meeting by phone. You may call anytime after receiving your assessment notice, but no later than 3 days prior to the Board of Review to conduct your Open Book meeting. Please contact the assessor to schedule an appointment.
  • If you have any questions regarding the Open Book process, please call the Village Clerk at 608-846-6751.

Board of Review

  • The Board of Review is a formal, quasi-judicial process for appealing the assessment of real property. The Board of Review is comprised of five members who receive sworn testimony and evidence, from both the protesting property owner and the Assessor, and make a determination on the validity of the facts presented, under oath, before it. The Assessor's value is presumed to be correct and is changed only if the Board of Review determines that the sworn testimony and evidence presented by the protesting property owners proves otherwise. Board of review is by appointment only.
  • If you have any questions regarding the Board of Review process, please call the Village Clerk at 608-846-6751.

How Property Assessment and Taxation Works