From the South Milwaukee Treasurer’s Office …
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wisconsin Legislature enacted Act 185. This law allowed Milwaukee County and the City of South Milwaukee to pass legislation providing relief to South Milwaukee property owners who are experiencing financial hardship with paying property taxes due to the impact of COVID-19.
Resolution 20-12, adopted by the City of South Milwaukee Common Council on June 30, 2020, temporarily waives interest and penalties on delinquent real property tax installment payments due and payable after April 1, 2020 for those property owners who were current with property tax installments as of April 1. Under this resolution, installment payments received after their due date, but paid by October 1, 2020, will be without interest and penalty. Any unpaid balance after October 1, 2020 will become delinquent and accrue interest and penalty from February 1, 2020 until paid in full.
The July 31 tax installment payment may be made to the City of South Milwaukee until the close of business on August 7, 2020, the end of the grace period. Please note, payment must be RECEIVED in the Treasurer’s office BY 4:00 p.m. on this date. Afterward, payment must be made directly to the Milwaukee County Treasurer, NOT the City of South Milwaukee.
All other tax installment payments may be made to the City of South Milwaukee until July 31, after which payment must be made directly to the Milwaukee County Treasurer.
I support this measure, and ended up for voting for it to break a 3-3 Common Council tie. It’s another small way we as a city can step to help those facing financial stress during the ongoing pandemic and recession.
I want to thank the state legislature and Milwaukee County Board for passing the enabling legislation, and am glad we can offer this.