If you are looking for a form, permit or application, please go to our City Department page - Employment Application
Bird Conservation
Bird-friendly birders do more than observe, they practice wildlife conservation and are aware of issues threatening different species of birds. Learn how to get involved here.
Keeping Birds Safe Around Windows

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “One of the greatest hazards to birds is plate glass, with windows in homes and offices killing as many as one billion birds each year. Glass is invisible to birds, and if it reflects the images of trees, bushes, the sky or other natural habitat, a bird may fly directly into it.” 

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN IS NOW A BIRD CITY USA COMMUNITY!!!!!!!!
* Tues Aug 4th - Redevelopment Authority (6 PM)
* Tues Aug 4th - Finance (6:40 PM)
* Tues Aug 4th - Common Council (7 PM)
* Wed Aug 5th - Board of Zoning Appeals (9 AM)

2015 BUDGET AND FINANCIAL REPORT
 PAY ONLINE
You can still pay in person at the City Hall Monday through Friday from 8am-4pm with cash, credit card or money order. But many people do not always have the time to make it to the office, to get the money together and are looking for that extra convenience. Now for your convenience you can pay online:
* Building Permits
* Municipal Court Citations
* Park Shelter Rentals
* Property Tax Bills
* Water and Sewer Bills
There is a small fee for this service. Once you make a payment, you will receive an immediate receipt of payment. The on-line payment system accepts most major credit and debit cards, and electronic checks.
REMINDER ON SIGN PLACEMENT

The City of Prairie du Chien is reminding residents of the rules and regulations regarding signs. The city has found a number of rummage sale and real estate signs in violation of the right-of-way restrictions:
* No garage sale sign shall be placed closer than fifteen (15) feet to the edge of a road surface.
* No garage sale sign shall be located on city property.
* No garage sale sign shall be located on private property without the consent of the property owner.
* Size of Sign. No garage sale sign shall be more than three (3) feet in height from the ground to the top of the sign, and shall be more than three (3) square feet in size.
* Illegal placement of sign. No signs shall be affixed to a traffic sign, tree, utility pole or any other sign.
* Attachments. No sign shall have any attachments.
* Timing. No garage sale sign shall be placed more than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the sale. No garage sale sign shall remain in place for more than twenty-four (24) hours after the completion of the sale.
* Penalties. Any person found in violation of this subsection shall be subject to a fine of twenty-five (25) dollars per day per sign per violation. Any sign found in violation of the Ordinance will be removed and destroyed. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 326-6406.
WOODRIDGE ACRES OFFICIALLY OPENS
The city of Prairie du Chien’s first-ever municipal subdivision is officially open. Woodridge Acres is located in the southeast section of the city. The nearly 24 acre development contains 36 single-family lots, which have been priced from $11,000 to $25,000, roughly $1 per square foot. The lots range in size from 9,600 square feet to 28,940 square feet.
* For more information, include a subdivision map, the lot prices, and the regulations for the subdivision, please click here.
* For an information packet on the subdivision, click here.
ROUNDABOUTS

We have created a website with informative videos and information on how to safely navigate the new roundabouts in Prairie du Chien. If you have questions or concerns, please contact City Hall at 608-326-6406.
2015 City of Prairie du Chien Brush/Compost Site Hours of Operation

Effective April 6, 2015 the site will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm and Saturday’s from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. These hours will be in effect at least through NOVEMBER 21, 2015. The site is closed on Sundays and Holidays. Please be at the site at least 15 minutes prior to close for disposing of materials.
NO Plastic Bags, only paper lawn bags allowed.
NO other refuse to be disposed of at the site.
NO construction waste or lumber, brush must be dirt free. 
Stump disposal is by appointment only; please call 326-2718 at least 2 days in advance. The brush/compost site is for the residents of the City of Prairie du Chien only.
Click on the above images for a PDF download
LAKE MILLS FIRST IMPRESSIONS PRESENTATION

Representatives from the City of Lake Mills gave their First Impressions Report on the City of Prairie du Chien Thursday May 21st. Representatives from Prairie du Chien will travel to Lake Mills May 27th to present their findings. According to the UW-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development, “(p)articipants become “secret shoppers” for the day to discover what they can about a similar community or neighborhood… The First Impressions program helps communities learn about existing strengths and weaknesses through the eyes of the first-time visitor and provides a structured opportunity to learn about strengths and weaknesses of similar communities. The results from a First Impressions visit can serve as the basis for community action and as a way to document changes in the community over time.” 

SO WHAT DID LAKE MILLS THINK OF PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AND RECOMMEND - CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT
CITYWIDE REVALUATION TO BEGIN LATER THIS MONTH

The City of Prairie du Chien has contracted with Accurate Appraisal, LLC to conduct a full revaluation of property in the City over the next four years. The purpose of the revaluation is to insure that properties are assessed on a fair and equitable basis. Our goal is to bring assessments to fair market value for the entire city. The last complete physical revaluation of the City took place in 1997. Starting later this month, Accurate Appraisal will begin the process of doing physical inspections of approximately twenty-five (25) percent of the residential, commercial and industrial properties. Properties will be chosen on a random basis.

An appraiser will be going door to door visiting each property to complete a physical inspection of the interior and exterior of the home. Home visits will begin on Wednesday July 29th. Postcards will be mailed to those residents that the appraiser will be going to visit. After the residents receive their post card, they will need to call Accurate Appraisals and make an appointment to walk through their home. The post cards are scheduled to be mailed Friday July 17th. For those that don’t reply to the post card, a second letter will be mailed a few weeks after the initial mailing. It is very important that residents have a walk-through completed on your home or business. Failure to do so could result in the loss of the right to appear before the Board of Review with regard to a new assessment.
The revaluation will continue in quarterly installments through 2018. Therefore, if your property’s value is adjusted as a result of a revaluation in an earlier year, it will not be altered until the revaluation is completed in 2018. Any changes that occur during the period between 2015 and 2018 will not be the result of the revaluation. In 2018, the full effect of the complete revaluation will be implemented.

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact the City of Prairie du Chien at 608-326-6406 or email City Administrator Aaron Kramer at akramer@prairieduchien-wi.gov. You can also contact Accurate Appraisal LLC at 1-800-770-3927 or via email at info@accurateassessor.com.

Common questions with a Revaluation
1. What is a revaluation? - A revaluation is an update of all assessments in a municipality conducted by Accurate Appraisal, LLC. The assessor is a State certified individual whose duties are to discover, list and value all taxable real property in the municipality, in a uniform and equitable manner. The assessor is not involved in the collection of property taxes.
2. Why is the revaluation necessary? - There are many reasons for a revaluation, but one of the main reasons for a revaluation is the inequities within and between classes of properties. When inequities happen, some property owners are paying more than their fair share of the property taxes and some are paying less. A revaluation will ensure that all are paying their full share of property taxes.
3. What is an assessment and what is its purpose? - An assessment is the value placed on a taxable real estate and personal property by the assessor. The value determines the portion of the local property tax levy that the property will bear.
4. Will my property assessment value change? - Most likely - yes! Some neighborhoods and property types may have increased in value and others may have remained the same. One purpose of a revaluation is to make sure that the assessed values reflect the changes that have occurred in property values.
5. How can my assessment change when I haven't done anything to my property? - As property values change in the marketplace, those changes must be reflected on the assessment roll. Economic conditions such as recent home sales in your neighborhood, sales of reasonably comparable buildings, and inflation will influence the value of your real estate.
6. Do all assessments change at the same rate? - There are differences between individual properties and between neighborhoods. In one area, property sales may indicate a substantial increase in value in a given year while in another neighborhood there may be no change, or even a decrease in property values.
7. Will I be notified if there is a change in my assessment? - The State of Wisconsin state statutes require that all property owners be notified if there is a change in the assessed value of their property. You will receive a notice from Accurate Appraisal that shows your new assessed value and last year’s assessed value.
8. What if I don't agree with my assessment? - You can schedule a meeting with the assessor for Open Book. During this informal session, the assessor will explain how your assessment was prepared, view the property record for your property, what factors were considered in determining a value for your property and view comparable house values.
9. What if, after this informal meeting, I still disagree with the assessment? - You can arrange to appear before the Board of Review. To do so, you will be required to complete an objection form, which must be completed in full. You will then be scheduled for a hearing where you will present your case regarding the assessed value of your property.
10. I've been told that everybody's taxes go up after a revaluation. Is this true? - No. If the total levy remains the same, only those properties, which are not presently paying their fair share, will pay more taxes after the revaluation. Properties presently paying more than their fair share will pay less.
11. How will my taxes change as a result of a new assessment? - Though the value of your property affects your share of taxes, the actual amount you pay is determined by the budget needs of the schools, city, county, technical college and state. All of these taxing units decide what services they will provide in the coming year and how much money they will need to provide those services.

ASSESSED VALUE VERSUS FAIR MARKET VALUE
Assessed Value - This is the dollar value placed on a parcel of property by the Assessor. It is computed by analyzing individual sale transactions and inspections of property within the municipality. This value is important because it establishes and maintains equity between and among all taxpayers in the municipality. This is the value that is used to calculate your tax bill.
Estimated Fair Market Value: (a.k.a. Equalized Value) - This value estimate is determined by the State of Wisconsin - Department of Revenue. It is used to apportion tax levies among municipalities and is used in the distribution of shared revenues. State law requires that assessor's be within 10% (higher or lower) of the State's Fair Market Value.
The City of Prairie du Chien has determined that eight (8) parcels shall be sold via a sealed bid process.

* Any interested party should submit a sealed bid, containing the following information, no later than Friday August 14th 2015 to the office of City Administrator Aaron Kramer in person, by email (akramer@prairieduchien-wi-gov) or by mail (214 East Blackhawk Avenue, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821)
* All bids shall clearly indicate what parcel is being bid upon and the price being offered for each parcel. A form to be submitted with the bid can be found on Page 2.
* The sealed bids shall be opened on Monday August 17th 2015 at 1:30 PM at City Hall.
* The Public Works Committee shall review the bid results on Tuesday August 18th, and make a recommendation to the Common Council, which shall approve or disapprove the sale of each parcel at its regularly scheduled meeting of Tuesday August 18th.
* The Common Council reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
* All closing costs shall be borne by the purchaser of a particular parcel.
* The City shall assume no liability or obligations related to any parcel sold via this process following the closing of the sale of the parcel.

The document with the parcel information and minimum bid prices can be found here
JOB OPENING - Street Department Operator

The City of Prairie du Chien (Population 6,000) seeks an operator of Public Works Department. Qualifications: High School Diploma, Valid Wisconsin driver’s license with Commercial Driver’s License with air brake endorsement, or ability to obtain CDL with such endorsement. Experience in maintenance of streets, parks, and other public grounds within the City. Work involves repair and construction of streets and related facilities, parking lots, curbs and gutters, medians, parks, public buildings and other public grounds. Perform snow plowing and removal, and all phases of snow, ice, high water/flood control on City streets, alleys sidewalks and public parking lots. Experience in operating power equipment and heavy equipment in connection with City maintenance and repair projects. Employment is subject to background investigation and drug and/or alcohol testing. Applications are available at the Prairie du Chien City Hall, 214 East Blackhawk Avenue, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821. (608) 326-6406. Deadline: August 10th, 2015. For any questions please call Co-Public Works Managers, Larry Gates at (608) 326-8213 or Terry Meyer at (608) 326-8534