Country Springs property owner suing city over tax assessments

By Matt Masterson - Freeman Staff

June 9, 2015

WAUKESHA — The parent company of the the Country Springs Hotel filed a civil suit against the city of Waukesha Monday, claiming it had been taxed too much money under an over-inflated assessment of the property’s worth.

According to a civil complaint, Milwaukee-based CIP Equity, LLC filed a claim for “excessive assessment” in January after property at 2810 Golf Road — where County Springs is located — was taxed $408,199.94 based on an assessed property value of $19,518,300.

That claim was denied “in its entirety” by the Waukesha Common Council on March 12, the complaint states.

In CIP’s claim for relief, the company argues that based on an aggregate ratio determined by the Department of Revenue, the correct assessment of the property for 2014 is no higher that $10,792,766.

Based on that assessment, property tax on the location should be no more than $225,717. CIP Equity is seeking a determination that its assessments are correct and judgement in the amount of $182,483 — the difference between what is owed and what the company believes should be owed.

The complaint states that the 2014 assessment of the property was excessive and therefore violated the state constitution’s “Uniformity Clause” — which protects against unequal or unjust taxation.

Calls left for Waukesha City Attorney Brian Running and attorney Don Millis of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. — which is listed as CIP’s legal team — were not returned late Monday afternoon.