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The City of Sun Prairie’s Open Book process — by which property owning residents meet with the city’s contracted assessor to examine their property tax assessment and discuss how the city arrived at the assessed value — will be held from June 22-July 10, 2020.

Often, issues can be resolved during the Open Book period eliminating the need to further appeal their assessment before the Board of Review. Board of Review hearings -- a formal process whereby a property owner can contest an appraised value -- are expected to start on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020.

Notices of change in value will be mailed to real estate owning residents in the City of Sun Prairie on June 15, 2020.

Because of COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, the following changes will apply to Open Book meetings:

• All meetings must be scheduled before-hand; and

• Meetings will either be virtual or via phone.

In the case that meetings must be held in person at the request of the resident, the following measures will be taken to limit the spread of COVID-19:

• Mask and gloves will be encouraged for residents and always worn by staff;

• Six-foot social distancing will be maintained in a space provided by the staff; and

• Portable plexiglass shields will be present between resident and staff.

“We’re reevaluating the way we do everything here at the city and that includes critical meetings with residents like Open Book. These measures will increase accessibility, safety and efficiency for our team and for Sun Prairie residents,” said Director of Administration for the City of Sun Prairie, Connie DeKemper.

While all residents who have access to phone or internet are encouraged to engage in the Open Book process digitally or by phone, the city is working diligently to clean all surfaces and areas prior to residents being invited residents back into city buildings.

For more information about the City of Sun Prairie’s Assessing deadlines, go online to https://cityofsunprairie.com/166/Assessing-Dates-Deadlines.

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