Walmart challenging assessments in Mukwonago, Muskego

Freeman Staff

Sept. 23, 2017

WAUKESHA — Walmart has filed a pair of civil lawsuits in Waukesha County Circuit Court this week challenging the 2017 tax assessments levied by Muskego and Mukwonago for its stores in those municipalities.

In the Mukwonago suit, the company said the village assessor’s office set the 2017 total estimated fair market value at $14,637,600 for the property at 250 E. Wolf Run. The company said it should have been set at $9.25 million, and “(a)s a result, the tax imposed on the Property for 2017 was excessive.”

Waukesha County tax records indicate the property had an estimated fair market value of $15.64 million for 2016, and the company paid $183,064 in taxes.

In the Muskego suit, the company said the city assessor’s office pegged its property on Moorland Road at $11,338,500 in estimated fair market value for 2017. But the company said it was worth no more than $7.82 million, creating an excessive tax and violating the uniformity clause in the state constitution that requires similar assessments across the state.

County tax records indicate that for 2016 the estimated fair market value for the property was $11.81 million, and the company paid $16.392 million for taxes on it.