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Counties Not Keen To Take On Property Assessments

Officials Point To Staffing And Costs In Opposition To Walker Plan


Wisconsin’s county governments are balking at the idea of taking on responsibility for property assessments as proposed in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget.

The Wood County Board is set to go on record opposing the assessment mandate, according to Chairman Lance Pliml, who is worried that counties won’t be adequately reimbursed for the new expense.

“Certainly from an immediacy standpoint, it would almost be impossible to assemble a staff and do that, but some of the greater concerns are just the cost,” Pliml said.

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Pliml is also the vice president of the Wisconsin Counties Association, which has a board of directors meeting Friday.

“I think it’s fair to say that the Wisconsin Counties Association is going to take a stance that we certainly need much more research on this issue before we would be willing to take this on as a county-run program,” he said.

Pliml said better training for city, village and town assessors could achieve the desired goal of more consistency in property assessments.