Special assessments and charges are levied for improvements made and services provided to real property. They are considered to be liens against the property and are due from the property itself; regardless of ownership. Special assessments and charges are billed during the year and if unpaid, become part of the real estate tax bill issued to the property.

Special Assessment Letter

The City of Madison provides Special Assessment letters for parcels within the City.

Components of Special Assessment Letters

Letters include the following:

  • Assessment values
  • Special Assessment information
  • Tax information

How to Request a Special Assessment Letter

Requests for special assessments must be made in writing or in person at the City of Madison Finance Department. Requests may be mailed or emailed to:

City of Madison Finance Department
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Rm. 406
Madison WI 53703



On January 16, 2018, the City of Madison Common Council approved a $25.00 fee, per parcel, for Special Assessment Letters. The fee is effective for letter requests received February 1, 2018 and thereafter.

For letters requested by mail or in person, the fee must accompany the request. Checks should be made payable to City of Madison – Treasurer. We will bill monthly for emailed requests. Letters are typically processed and sent within 3 to 5 business days.

Outstanding Water Charges

For outstanding water charges, please contact the City of Madison Water Utility at 608-266-4641.

Contact Information

Danah Enright
Finance Department
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Rm. 406
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4008
Fax: (608) 267-8705