Madison mayor asks Wis. legislature for financial relief

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway at a press conference on Oct. 23.
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MADSION, Wis. (WMTV) -- Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway has asked the Wisconsin legislature to provide city residents and businesses financial relief, in a statement on Wednesday.

“Our residents and businesses are pleading for relief from these unprecedented economic conditions,” Rhodes-Conway said. “The governor led the way by providing emergency relief from late payments of utility bills. The legislature needs to follow suit to waive interest and penalties for late property tax installment payments.”

Rhodes-Conway is asking the state legislature to enact legislation after Evers emergency "Safer at Home" order by waiving interest and penalties for deferral of property tax installment payments, according to a statement on Wednesday.

The property tax payment process for all taxing jurisdictions in Wisconsin, including interest and penalties for late installment payments, is set in state law, according to the release.

“We want to give our residents the financial flexibility they need to help weather the severe economic conditions brought on by this unprecedented public health emergency,” Rhodes-Conway said, “but we cannot act without a change to state law.”

City of Madison ordinances allow property taxes to be paid in four installments. State law only allows changes to those ordinances prior to the year property taxes are collected, according to the release.

State law requires that interest at a rate of 12 percent annually be charged on late payments; waivers are not allowed. The next property tax installment payment is due March 31.