Property Tax FAQ

General Questions:

What are your office hours?
Where are you located?
How can I get tax information online?

How to Make Payments:

Who do I make my check out to, and where do I send it?
What forms of payment do you accept?
How can I pay my taxes by credit card?
What if I can't mail the payment in time or make it in person before you close?
Do I need to endorse the back of my escrow check?
What do I do if my escrow check from my mortgage company is not enough (or too much) to cover the amount due?
How can I get a receipt for my property tax payment?

Property Tax Questions:

When will I receive my tax bill?
How are my taxes determined?
What taxes are included on my Property Tax Bill?

Responsibilities of Property Owners:

I'm not sure if I am supposed to pay my property taxes, or if my mortgage company is paying them. How do I find out?
I recently purchased this property. I thought the taxes were already paid. Why am I getting this bill?
How can I change the ownership name on the bill?
How can I change my mailing address?

Due Dates and Penalties:

When are my property taxes due?
What determines a timely payment?
How do I qualify for the installment option?
If I choose the installment option, can I pay more than the installment amount due?
What if I can't pay the amount due?
How is penalty and interest calculated?
How do I pay delinquent taxes?

Lottery Credit:

Who qualifies for the Lottery and Gaming Credit?
What if I purchased my home after January 1st?
What if my tax bill doesn't have the Lottery and Gaming Credit listed?

Personal Property Taxes:

What are personal property taxes?
When are personal property taxes due?


What are your office hours?

Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Village Offices are closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1 for the Christmas and New Year Holidays.
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Where are you located?

We are located at the Pleasant Prairie Village Hall, 9915 39th Avenue, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158.
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How can I get tax information online?

Tax information can be accessed online at www.co.kenosha.wi.us/apps/propinq/.
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Who do I make my check out to, and where do I send it?

Make checks payable and mail to: Village of Pleasant Prairie Treasurer, 9915 39th Avenue, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158.
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What forms of payment do you accept?

Checks or cash are acceptable payment methods. Credit cards are not accepted at the office, but can be used on-line or by phone through Official Payments Corp.
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How can I pay my taxes by credit card?

You can either call Official Payments Corp. at 1-800-2PAY-TAX (1-800-272-9829), use jurisdiction code 5862, or pay online at www.officialpayments.com. Official Payments Corp. charges a convenience fee averaging 2.5-3% for processing the transaction. The fee for each transaction is disclosed to the payer before the payment is finalized.
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What if I can't mail the payment in time or make it in person before you close?

You may deposit your payment in our 24-hour drop box. It is located on the north wall of the Village Hall to the right (west) of the main entrance at 9915-39th Avenue. Please enclose your payment stub along with a check (no cash please) in an envelope before depositing. The drop box is emptied at 8:00 a.m. each work day and payments received by that time are dated for the prior working day.
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Do I need to endorse the back of my escrow check?

If you are listed as the payee or co-payee on your escrow check, you must endorse the check. If more than one payee is listed, each payee listed must endorse the escrow check.
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What do I do if my escrow check from my mortgage company is not enough (or too much) to cover the amount due?

If the check is not enough to pay the first installment, you are responsible to pay the difference by January 31. However, if it covers more than the first installment, you may pay the balance of the second installment by April 30, and the amount of the third installment by July 31. If it is more than the first and second installments, you may pay the balance of the third installment by July 31. If the check is more that the total amount due, you will receive a refund. Please allow 10-14 working days to receive the refund check by mail.
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How can I get a receipt for my property tax payment?

Property tax receipts will be given if payment is made at the Village Hall finance counter or mailed to those not paying their tax bill in person. The receipts will identify how much of you payment is sent to each of the taxing bodies. Residents do not need to enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. This new procedure will start with payments made in December, 2012.
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When will I receive my tax bill?

Each year tax bills are mailed to property owners around December 15. It is the property owner's responsibility to obtain and pay tax bills on their properties. The mailing of tax bills is for your convenience and according to Wisconsin Statutes Section 74.09(6). Failure to receive a bill does not exempt any property owner from paying penalties and interest in event of late payment.
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How are my taxes determined?

The Total Assessed Value of Your Property (as of January 1 of the tax year) x the Tax Rate (the mill rate / 1,000) = Your Real Estate Tax.
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What taxes are included on my Property Tax Bill?

The Pleasant Prairie Village Treasurer bills and collects taxes for the following governmental units: the local school districts (either Kenosha Unified or Bristol/Westosha depending on where you are located), Kenosha County, the State of Wisconsin, Gateway Technical College, and the Village of Pleasant Prairie.
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I'm not sure if I am supposed to pay my property taxes, or if my mortgage company is paying them. How do I find out?

The property owner is responsible for paying the bill. If you have an escrow account and don't know how payment from the escrow account is handled, you should contact your mortgage company or lender.
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I recently purchased this property. I thought the taxes were already paid. Why am I getting this bill?

You should read your closing documents to determine if any portion or pro-ration of the taxes were credited to you by the previous owner. You are responsible for any taxes which were not paid or credited as of closing.
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How can I change the ownership name on the bill?

Contact the Kenosha County Register of Deeds, 1010 56th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140, 262-653-2441.
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How can I change my mailing address?

You can check the box on your property tax bill remittance stub and write in the correct address, or you can contact the Kenosha County Land Information Office at 1010 56th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140, 262-653-2622. There is also an address change form available online at http://www.co.kenosha.wi.us/documentcenter/view/1153.
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When are my property taxes due?

Payment in full or the first installment payment is due on or before January 31.
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What determines a timely payment?

To be considered a timely payment, your tax payment must be received by the Village Treasurer on or before January 31, or your mailing envelope must be postmarked no later than January 31. Do not depend on your mailed payment being postmarked on the day you deposit it in the mailbox.
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How do I qualify for the installment option?

To qualify for the installment option, total real estate property taxes must be at least $100. The first installment payment must be made on or before January 31, or the installment option is lost. The total tax becomes delinquent and is subject to interest and penalty charges. The second and third installment payments must be made on or before April 30 and July 31 respectively, whether or not you receive a billing notice from this office. Please remember: If any portion of any installment is paid late, the ENTIRE balance of the real estate tax bill becomes delinquent, and will accrue penalty and interest until it is paid in full.
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If I choose the installment option, can I pay more than the installment amount due?

Yes, anything over the amount of the installment due would be applied toward the next installment.
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What if I can't pay the amount due?

If the full payment is not received by January 31, or any installment is not paid by the appropriate due date, the total remaining unpaid balance of the bill is delinquent. The unpaid balance will accrue penalty and interest until it is paid in full.
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How is penalty and interest calculated?

Delinquent real estate taxes are subject to interest of one percent (1%) and penalty of one-half percent (1/2%) per month or fraction of a month, computed back to February 1. If any installment is delinquent, the total remaining unpaid balance becomes delinquent (Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 74.47, 74.12(10), 74.12(7)(8)).
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How do I pay delinquent taxes?

Payments are collected for the current year's taxes at the Village of Pleasant Prairie from December through July 31. After that date, the real estate tax records are turned over to the Kenosha County Treasurer, 1010 56th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140, 262-653-2542. The County Treasurer collects all delinquent real estate taxes from previous years. The Village Treasurer collects personal property taxes (business-related), current and delinquent, year-round.
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Who qualifies for the Lottery and Gaming Credit?

Homeowners in Wisconsin who use the home as their primary residence on January 1 for the year in which property taxes are levied qualify for the Lottery and Gaming Credit. Primary residence is defined as the home where an individual lives more than six months of the year. If temporarily absent, it is the home to which the owner returns. Only one primary residence may be claimed. Renters do not qualify.
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What if I purchased my home after January 1?

If you purchased a home after the January 1 date, you may claim a State Lottery and Gaming Credit provided that you are able to attest that, to the best of your knowledge, the previous owner used the home as their primary residence as of January 1 and you continue to use the home acquired as your primary residence.
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What if my tax bill does not have the Lottery and Gaming Credit listed?

If an owner, who qualifies for the Lottery and Gaming Credit, but whose tax bill does not reflect the credit, may claim the credit until January 31, and the Village of Pleasant Prairie Treasurer will deduct the Lottery Credit off of your bill. There is a form you must sign attesting you are eligible for the credit that needs to be returned to the Village. The form is available at the finance counter where tax bills are paid, or online at http://www.co.kenosha.wi.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/148.
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What are personal property taxes?

This type of tax usually pertains to a business. It is based on assessed value of tangible items, for example, furniture and machinery. Please see Wisconsin Statute 70.04.
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When are personal property taxes due?

Personal property taxes are due in full on January 31. There is no installment plan available for personal property taxes.
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