Property Values Steady in Dodge County, Positive Increases in Columbia, Washington and Fond du Lac Counties

(Juneau) Property values in Dodge County have held steady in spite of a statewide and nationwide decline. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue reports that residential home values dipped by just over one percent last year, making it only the second time in 50 years Wisconsin property values have fallen. Nationally, average home values dropped by more than 7%. According to revenue department figures, equalized values in Dodge County bucked the trend and increased by point-six-nine (.69%) over last year. Positive increases were also seen in Columbia, Washington and Fond du Lac counties. The biggest declines were seen in Pierce and St. Croix counties, which each dropped over 5%. A quarter percent drop was seen in Jefferson County. The last time Wisconsin had an overall decline was 1986 — at a time when the agricultural economy was slumping.