Board of Review Training

2017 Board of Review Training DVD

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The 2017 Board of Review Training DVD and Materials are now available.

The cost for the DVD and one set of materials is $35.00
Additional sets of materials are $10.00 each.

The Department of Revenue has issued the following guidance regarding persons seeking a hearing
who has denied the assessor access to view their property’s interior:

Access the guidance at:

To pay by check, please download and complete the order form and return to us via U.S. Postal Service or email.
To pay with a credit card, please call the UW-Extension’s Local Government Center directly at 608-262-9960 or 608-262-9961,
Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
For your protection do NOT email, fax, or write down your credit card number on an order form.


Local Government Center
Phone: 608-262-9960 or 608-262-9961
610 Langdon Street, Room 229 Lowell Center
Madison, WI 53703


This year training focuses on how to conduct the statute mandated 2-hour first meeting of the Board of Review.  The Board of Review of a fictional Wisconsin village is portrayed in the video and a panel of experts comment and provide information about each phase of the meeting.  Certification of completed training requires completing a written examination, and the video provides and reviews the answers to the exam.

The Board of Review is a panel of local officials whose job it is to hear property owners’ objections to their tax assessments. Wisconsin Law requires that at least one member of the Board of Review obtain a Wisconsin Department of Revenue-approved training within two years of the Board of Review’s first two-hour meeting. It is recommended that all Board of Review members be trained, but the law requires only at least one member to do so. The Department of Revenue requires taking the current program, and will not certify attendance at training using materials or content dated prior to 2017. This is to ensure Board members have the best and most up-to-date information.

Prior training for Board of Review has focused on conducting the appeal hearing.  The focus in 2017 on the first 2-hour meeting shows what the law requires a board to accomplish at that meeting and how best to use the board’s time to fulfill the board’s duties.  Some communities may have no appeal hearings in a given year, but every city, village and town board of review must conduct a first 2-hour meeting.


After viewing the DVD and completing the written materials, complete the affidavit from the materials. Complete the exam (answers will be given during the program) and attach the exam to the affidavit. Your affidavit and completed test will be filed with the municipal clerk. Next, have your municipal clerk file an affidavit online (PA-107) with the Department of Revenue indicating that you have completed the training. Instructions for online filing are in the materials.

Script of Opening Meeting

Here is a link to the script of the opening meeting from the 2017 Board of Review Training DVD. You may use it as a guide to open your own Board of Review.