State Court Calls Major Assessment Law Unconstitutional

7/9/17 –  The Wisconsin Supreme Court has thrown out a state law that forces homeowners who challenge their property tax assessments to let government assessors inside for inspections. The justices voted 5-2 Friday to reverse decisions from two lower courts against Vincent Milewski and Morganne MacDonald of the Racine County town of Dover. They wanted to challenge their assessment from 2013 — but a town review board would not let them do it, as they would not let an assessor inside their house. All five conservative justices called the inspection mandate unconstitutional, saying homeowners should not have to give up their Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches to challenge their taxes. But the court’s two liberal justices say that without the inspections, the town’s duty to make uniform assessments “may become a nullity.”