Frequently Asked Property Tax Questions

 

 When will my tax bill be mailed?

All tax bills are usually received by the property owner in mid-December.  If your mortgage company needs a copy of your tax bill, they can search the La Crosse County Land Records site for the information they need or you may send them a copy of your tax bill when you receive it in the mail.

 When are my taxes due?

Tax bills are usually received by the property owner in mid-December each year.  The first installment must be paid on or before January 31st in order to have the opportunity to pay the second installment on or before July 31st.  If the first installment is not paid on or before January 31st, the option for the installment payment plan is void and the entire bill is due and payable.

For real estate taxes (not personal property taxes), the City provides the option of paying in full or paying in two installments.

      Real Estate Taxes

  • Payment in full on or before January 31st
  • Installment payment due on or before
    • 1st Installment -- January 31st
    • 2nd Installment -- July 31st

      Personal Property Taxes

  • Payment in full on or before January 31st
  • Installmen plan NOT available

 Where do I pay my taxes?

All payment made on or before January 31st should be made payable to the City of Onalaska and can be paid:

  • By Mail to:

City of Onalaska Treasurer
415 Main Street
Onalaska, WI 54650

  • In Person at:

City Hall - Clerk Counter
415 Main Street
Onalaska, WI 54650
**During normal business hours(Monday-Friday 8-4)
 

  • Using the 24-hour drop-box located at:

City Hall - East Side Parking Lot
415 Main Street
Onalaska, WI 54650

All payments made after January 31st should be paid to:

La Crosse County Treasurer
Administrative Center - Room 1900
212 6th Street North
La Crosse, WI 54601-3200

 Am I eligible for the Lottery Credit?

To qualify for the Wisconsin Lottery and Gaming Credit program, you must own a home in Wisconsin and use the home as your primary residence on January 1 of the year in which the property taxes are levied.  Primary residence is defined as the home where an individual lives more than six months of the year.  Only one primary residence may be claimed and renters do not qualify.  If you qualify for this credit and it is not on your real estate tax bill, you may claim the credit until January 31 following the issuance of the tax bill.  You will need to complete a Lottery and Gaming Credit Application  and submit it to the La Crosse County Treasurer if it is prior to the printing of the tax bills.  If is after the tax bills are printed, please submit the form to the Onalaska City Treasurer to review.

For more information regarding the Lottery and Game Credit program, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Revenue website.

 Do I need to endorse my escrow check?

If your mortgage escrow check is made payable to both you and the City of Onalaska, you must endorse the check and submit the check with your tax bill.  All parties listed on the check must sign it before it can be deposited.  If your check is made out payable to only you, you should deposit the check in your account and write out a check payable to the City of Onalaska.

 What if my escrow check is more than my tax payment?

If your mortgage escrow check is larger than the amount of your tax bill, the full amount of your check will be credited against the tax bill and a refund check will be issued.  Refunds are generally issued within 30 days of payment.

 What is the First Dollar Credit?

The First Dollar Credit was created by the 2007 Legislature.  The first payment was made in the 2008/09 property tax year.  The credit is funded by the state general fund.

The First Dollar Credit is paid on every taxable parcel in the state of Wisconsin provided that the parcel contains a real property improvement.  This includes business, commercial and private property.  Unlike the Lottery and Gaming Credit, the property does not need to be the primary residence of the owner. 

The First Dollar Credit is shown on the property tax bills as a reduction of property taxes due.  For taxpayers who pay their taxes in two installments, the credit is applied equally to each installment. 

For more information regarding the First Dollar Credit, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Revenue website.