At the April 8th 2014 Common Council meeting, representatives from the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library and Cameron Aslaksen Architects presented the proposed expansion and upgrades for the Library. This project is targeted for 2017. For more information, click here.
ABOVE - Looking From Teen Area Toward Circulation Desk
LEFT - Looking Into Children’s Area
NEWS AND NOTES
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN TO UNDERTAKE FULL REVALUATION OVER NEXT FOUR YEARS

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 ensure 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 in late spring, Accurate Appraisal will begin the process of doing physical inspections of approximately 25 percent
of the residential and commercial properties per year to ensure the assessment data is correct. The actual revaluation of property
values will be done in 2018. An appraiser will be going door to door visiting each property to complete a physical inspection of the
interior and exterior of the home. If you are not home during the initial visit, an exterior inspection will be completed and a postcard
will be mailed from Accurate Appraisal asking that you schedule an appointment for an interior inspection. If you do not respond to
this postcard a second attempt will be made via certified letter. Appointments can be made by telephone or on their website using
the online appointment scheduler. It is important that you have a walk-through completed on your home to ensure the assessment
is based on the correct data. Failure to allow an interior inspection could result in the loss of your right to appear before the Board of
Review if desired. The inspections will continue in quarterly installments through 2018. Any assessment changes that occur between 2015 and 2017 will be the result of major data changes discovered during the inspections. Building permits, parcel splits, parcel combinations, etc. may also result in value changes during this period in the same manner they normally would. In 2018 all property values will be adjusted to current market value. 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 or even decreased. 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 municipal value be within 10% (higher or lower) of the State's Fair Market Value for the municipality.
Leo J. Ryan (1925–1978)
Ryan was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. Throughout his early life, his family moved frequently through Illinois, Florida, New York, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. He graduated from Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien in 1943.He served as a U.S. Representative from the 11th Congressional District of California from 1973 until he was murdered in Guyana by members of the Peoples Temple shortly before the Jonestown Massacre in 1978. After the Watts Riots of 1965, then-Assemblyman Ryan took a job as a substitute school teacher to investigate and document conditions in the area. In 1970, he investigated the conditions of Californian prisons by being held, under a pseudonym, as an inmate in Folsom Prison, while presiding as chairman on the Assembly committee that oversaw prison reform. During his time in Congress, Ryan traveled to Newfoundland to investigate the killing of seals. Ryan was also famous for vocal criticism of the lack of Congressional oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and authored the Hughes-Ryan Amendment, passed in 1974. He was also an early critic of L. Ron Hubbard and his Scientology movement and of the Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon. On November 3, 1977, Ryan read into the United States Congressional Record a testimony by John Gordon Clark about the health hazards connected with destructive cults. Ryan is the only U.S. congressman ever to be killed in the line of duty. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1983.