Wisconsin taxing districts (municipalities, schools, counties, etc.) set their budgets in the fall, usually November. After each district has set its levy for the next year, property taxes are calculated and bills are prepared. This means bills are usually received by taxpayers in early- to mid-December.
This year, due to COVID-19, we strongly discourage you from coming inside the City Hall building to pay your property taxes and ask you to drop your payment in the drive-up payment drop box located in the parking lot or to pay by mail.
Paying via drop box or mail:
Make checks payable to “City of Monona.” Please do not send cash in the U.S. mail.
Endorse escrow checks by all persons named on the check.
Include your phone number on your check so we can call you if there are any problems.
If you’d like a receipt for your payment, you have 3 options:
Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment and we will mail you a receipt.
Include a note with your email address, and we will email you a receipt.
Please be prepared to wait outside, since the maximum capacity of the lobby with social distancing is 5 people.
If you’d like a receipt, please bring your entire bill; we will stamp the top portion as paid and return it to you as your receipt.
If paying with cash, please bring exact cash; our ability to make change for large bills will be limited.
Paying by credit card:
You can make a debit/credit payment online or by phone only through Official Payments Corporation:
Visit www.officialpayments.com (Monona’s jurisdiction code is 5836)
By phone at 1-800-272-9829
Please note that a convenience fee (a percentage of the total bill) is added to all charges.
Because of the deductability of property tax on federal income taxes, some property owners pay all of the bill by December 31. However, all that is required is that the first installment be paid by January 31. The first installment is usually about one-half of the total due and is paid directly to the City of Monona. For those who choose to pay in two installments, the second installment is due by July 31, and a statement for the installment is mailed in May. The second installment must be paid to the Dane County Treasurer.
Taxes paid on or before January 31 should be made payable to "City of Monona" and paid at or mailed to 5211 Schluter Rd., Monona, WI 53716
All taxes paid after January 31 must be made payable to "Dane County Treasurer" and mailed to P.O. Box 1299, Madison, WI 53701-1299