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The process of vacant property registration undergoes the following general steps:
Owners of vacant residential and commercial properties must register by the earliest of the following three events:
Property is considered "vacant" if:
Applicants must fill out an application form for a Vacant Property Registration Certificate. The bank, lender, or other financial institution or its responsible agent or servicing company shall submit a $250 registration fee and register the property in the name of the lien holder on the application form.
Property owners can consult Section 39-4 - Minimum requirements for vacant property for the Village codes to familiarize themselves with the exterior and interior maintenance standards needed to keep a property in good standing.
Applicants for a Vacant Property Registration Certificate must submit a $250 application fee upon submission of the application.
Certificates are valid for one year from the date of issuance. The annual renewal fee is $250.
Issuance of a Vacant Property Registration Certificate does not excuse owners from normal obligations in regards to property maintenance. Citations arising from code violations may be issued independently by Police Officers, Building Inspectors, or other code enforcement officers if code violations are not addressed promptly.
Fees that are left unpaid will be attached to the current tax bill for the unregistered property.
In 2021 the Village of Brown Deer added three 0’s to the end of the parcel numbers. There should be 10 numbers in the parcel number. Please add the zeros and try again. The portal often brings up the prior years first. You might have to scroll down several pages before you find the most recent information. Please do not use the ‘name’ search field. It is not very reliable as it requires everything to be entered exactly as it was imported. If you hit more search fields, you will be able to search by address. It is recommended that you use only the 4 digits for the number portion of your address and put it in where it says house #. The most reliable method is probably using the ten-digit parcel number. This can be found on your tax bill.
Any home improvement would increase the value of the property. However, the most common reason is because the state of Wisconsin wants assessed values to be close to the actual fair market value. Homes are being assessed higher because real estate sales are providing factual data that tell the assessors what similar homes in the area are selling for, and these amounts have been increasing in recent years.
The purpose of Town Hall meetings is for elected officials to hear the community’s views on public issues. There are no specific rules or guidelines for holding a Town Hall meeting. The format of the meeting can vary. Usually, the elected officials, along with Village staff, will make opening remarks and presentations. Following the presentation and remarks, the floor is opened up to questions and comments from the audience. Attendees generally present ideas, voice their opinions, ask questions of the elected officials and Village Staff.
In contrast, the purpose of a Village Board meeting is to conduct business of the Village. It is a formal process with specific agenda items that must be followed and where motions are made and voted on. There are limited opportunities for the public to make comments during a Village Board meeting. It is not an open format like Town Hall meetings.
Please read requirements and instructions before clicking on link below to the web portal.
Visit the Brown Deer Property Tax Web Portal
Trouble navigating the web portal? Contact the Treasurer's Office at (414) 371-3046 or email@example.com during business hours (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday).
Visit the Milwaukee County Web Portal
For additional questions about property taxes, please go to the Property Tax Information Page.
This is a very complex question. It requires the public to answer the following question. What level of risk are the citizens willing to take and how much should local government get involved in the private market?
Here are the ways the Village has tried to get involved in the private market.
Yes, you need to register to vote every time you move within Brown Deer or Wisconsin. Also, if you have a name change, you also need to register to vote under your new name.
You can request a ballot here: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/Vote-Absentee-By-Mail
Zoning laws regulate how land is used and how buildings are constructed. Zoning is a powerful tool but limited. Zoning can’t do everything, and it’s misused far too often.
Many community members think zoning legislation can be used to coax developers in a different direction and to address community complaints about lack of development.
Unfortunately, zoning codes are not a vehicle for forcing desired changes in a community. Here is a breakdown of what zoning can actually do well and what it can’t do.
The best way to explain this complex issue is with an example. Let’s suppose we create a Tax Incremental District (TID) of one property. This one property is currently assessed at $100,000. A developer proposes to develop this one property and build a new store. After they complete the project the new value on the property adds an additional $900,000 to the assessed value. This makes the assessed value on the newly developed property now worth $1,000,000. Who gets the taxes from the newly developed property? All the taxing entities (village, school, county, state, MMSD, etc.) would continue to receive taxes as if the property were assessed at $100,000. This is called the "tax base".
The new taxes that created an additional $900,000 in assessed value would stay within the TID. This is called the "increment". What does the municipality do with this new "increment" tax? The municipality can use the money to make additional improvements within the TID or it can help the developer. If the developer requests funding to help them complete the project, then state law allows a municipality to help developers using this new "increment" tax. The developer must sufficiently prove they would not be able to complete the project without TIF help because of higher than normal project costs. The state calls this the "but-for test". This new development would not occur ’but-for’ the use of TIF. The municipality then uses the new "increment" tax to help the developer over the course of the life of the TID. The maximum statutory life of a TID is 27 years. The "tax base" taxes would continue to go to all the taxing entities.
Roundabouts, rotaries, or traffic circles as they are called in other parts, are increasingly being constructed at U.S. intersections and are quickly becoming a major part of the American landscape, including here in Brown Deer. Twenty-five years ago, the U.S. tallied about 300 roundabouts nationwide. Now, the United States has about 9,000.
Wisconsin has fully embraced the roundabout concept. Our state has 495 roundabouts, behind only Florida, Indiana, and Washington in total number. Wisconsin ranks 2nd in the number of roundabouts per person, with Nebraska at Number 1, and ranks 8th in the number of roundabouts per mile, just behind Hawaii and ahead of North Carolina.
Vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians can all benefit from roundabouts. Vehicles can keep moving through traffic, reducing commute time, and easing driver aggravation. Also, the starts and stops and idling at traditional traffic intersections cause vehicles to emit more gas and diesel so roundabouts are more environmentally friendly. Roundabouts also always have a center island, which can be a place of refuge for pedestrians. This provides a place of safety when crossing a busy intersection.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, roundabouts have been shown to significantly decrease the number of crashes, particularly those with serious injuries. Roundabouts make violent and deadly T-bone and head-on collisions unlikely. The collisions that do occur tend to be minor.
Although roundabouts reduce the number of traffic accidents overall, many Americans are still unfamiliar with these types of intersections, and a lot of motorists have difficulty navigating them. In a roundabout, drivers are to yield at entry to traffic from the left, then enter the intersection and exit at their desired street.
Common Reasons for Collisions at Roundabout Intersections
Accidents at roundabouts usually happen because of reckless driving, a lack of understanding of the rules for navigating a roundabout intersection, and similar factors. Some of the main reasons that roundabout accidents occur include:
The presence of roundabouts is likely to continue to grow. Local municipalities, including Brown Deer, and the state Department of Transportation are always looking for ways to ease road congestion, improve safety, and lower maintenance and operational costs.
There are things you can do to stay safe in roundabouts such as avoiding lane changes, avoid passing other vehicles when there are multiple lanes, not stopping once in the traffic flow except for accident avoidance, using turn signals, and being cautious of bicyclists and pedestrians in the intersection. This can help make traffic circles safer for all.
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The Brown Deer Park and Recreation Department office is located in the Department of Public Works building at 8950 N Arbon Drive.
Registrations take place at Village Hall at the main desk at 4800 W Green Brook Drive.
The Village Hall is located one block north of W Brown Deer Road at N Arbon Drive in Brown Deer.
Our office hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card. Checks are to be made payable to the Village of Brown Deer or the Brown Deer Park and Recreation Department.
The Brown Deer Pond is open seasonally, mid June to mid August, from 11 am to 5 pm daily, weather permitting. The Pond is closed on July 5th. For information related to the weather conditions, please call the Brown Deer Pond at 414-357-0119 during season hours.
A resident is an individual who resides in the Village of Brown Deer. Non-residents may register but must pay an additional fee for each program.
Resident ID cards may be obtained at the Brown Deer Park and Recreation Department or Village Hall reception desk during regular office hours.
The Brown Deer Golf Course is operated by Milwaukee County Parks. For information or reservations, call 414-352-8080.
Algonquin Park is operated by Milwaukee County Parks. For wading pool information, call 414-257-6100.
To reserve a Milwaukee County Parks facility, call 414-257-8005.
To obtain a copy of your crash report, please visit the link below.
Accident Report Information
No person, firm or corporation shall park or cause to be parked any automobile, truck trailer or motor vehicle on any state, county or village road or highway, or on the shoulder thereof, between the hours of 2:00 AM and 6:00 PM without permission. Permission is granted by the police department for up to five nights per calendar month. For more information, click on the link below to make an overnight parking request or visit the Village of Brown Deer Ordinances Page.
Overnight Parking Request
To obtain a copy of a police report, please complete the form below. Completed forms can be submitted in person at the Police Department, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Records Request
Payments for parking tickets can be made by using Village of Brown Deer Point & Pay. To pay your Municipal Citations go to Village of Brown Deer Court.
Payments can also be made by phone by calling 1-844-435-3982. For more information, visit Village of Brown Deer Citation Payments.
Yes, an Officer will respond to all alarms but homeowners and business owners should be aware that they could be subject to a service charge as established by the Village Board for repeated false alarms.
Yes, all dogs and cats five months of age or older that are kept within the Village require a license. For more information, click on the link below to visit the Village of Brown Deer Ordinances Page.
Unreasonable loud and raucous noises, whether from loudspeakers, public address system, yelling, shouting, and similar activities are generally prohibited between the hours of 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM on weekdays, and 11:00 PM and 10:00 AM on weekends and holidays. For more information, click on the link below to visit the Village of Brown Deer Ordinances Page.
Generally, signs are not permitted in single-family dwellings with some exceptions. Temporary signs, such as political signs, for sale signs, and rummage signs, are allowed as long as they meet the guidelines established in the Village Code of Ordinances. For more information, click on the link below to visit the Village of Brown Deer Ordinances Page.
Yes, but you must obtain a permit from the Village. Sales shall be conducted only between the hours of 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM and no more than three rummage sales in one calendar year may be conducted from any premises. For more information, click on the link below to visit the Village of Brown Deer Ordinances Page.
Some of the first radio-controlled airplanes (drones) were developed in the 1930ʼs by the Radioplane Company. The military used these aircraft as flying targets to train and hone the skills of anti-aircraft gunners. During World War II, the Radioplane Corporation produced over 15,000 of these aircraft for the U.S. Army. Since then technology has improved greatly, and although the term "drone" is still commonly used in the military, we prefer to use the more current, and more descriptive term, Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
Very simply stated Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) fly using a sophisticated autopilot system that assists the pilot when flying the aircraft manually, or has the ability to fly the aircraft by itself using a pre-loaded flight plan designed by the pilot for that specific mission. Our aircraft is powered by a clean, efficient battery system, and during flight the aircraft sends a constant stream of information to the pilot indicating the:
If there is a loss of communication or the batteries are getting too low, the aircraft has the ability to execute a "fail-safe" procedure and automatically return to the point of take-off for landing or gently land immediately.
They will be used in a variety of incidents, the use of which will increase the safety of the officers on scene and the general public. Incidents in which the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Unit may be deployed include:
Our UAS will not be used to pursue vehicles, carry weapons of any kind, or conduct general surveillance.
At this point, the aircraft can only be flown during daylight hours and less than 400 feet above the ground. The small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) must be flown within line of sight of the officer who is remotely piloting the UAS, which essentially means it must be flown in the general area where it takes off. The equipment has to be driven to the incident scene and unloaded. The police department is not allowed to fly directly over crowds such as football games or parades.
No, your privacy will not be impacted. Maintaining an individual’s privacy and protecting the civil liberties of all persons is of paramount importance to the department. The Brown Deer Police Department is bound by federal law and the laws of the State of Wisconsin that direct the use of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) systems of all types and sizes, as it relates to the privacy of citizens. This same case law that applies to manned-helicopter programs that are used in many urban police departments across the country is the same case law that applies to these unmanned systems as well.
Both statutory laws and case laws dictate when search warrants must be obtained and provide limits on the use of technology by law enforcement to investigate suspected criminal activity in our community. In other words, if a search warrant is needed to access private property now such as looking in a backyard, then a search warrant would also be needed for accessing private property with our UAS. Again, our UAS program will not be used for arbitrary surveillance and must comply with all federal regulations and laws.
Your water bill is based on actual consumption. If it is noticeably higher and you are unaware of a reason for higher usage (such as watering lawns, filling pools, or more people living in the residence) you probably have a leak.
Over 95% of leaks occur at the toilet. These leaks can be very expensive if left unfixed. Many toilet leaks are silent. Very often you do not hear the water dripping or running. Even a pinhead size drip can account for over 17,000 gallons in a quarter.
If you have food coloring put several drops into the toilet tank. Do not flush. Wait ten to twenty minutes. If the color appears in the bowl - you have a leak.
You can also read the meter in your basement before you retire for the night (or sometime when you know no water will be used for several hours). Reread the meter first thing in the morning before any water has been used. If the numbers on the meter have changed that means water has moved through the meter. Our service employees can not repair leaks but they would be glad to come by and help locate it.
View the How to Read Your Non-Digital Meter (PDF) for more information.
Yes, a one-time late payment charge of 3% but not less than $0.50 cents will be applied to any unpaid balance for the current billing period’s usage. An additional 10% penalty will be charged if the utility has to transfer any unpaid delinquent balances at the end of the year to the tax roll.
Per Public Service Commission guidelines, the Utility is not allowed to reverse or waive late fees.
The Brown Deer Water Utility does not perform final readings for utility bills for sales of property. The buyers and sellers should have the utility charges prorated, you should contact the Finance Department ted as part of the closing process. If you are currently signed up for automatic withdrawal payment, you should contact the Water Department to make sure this is removed and the bill is mailed to the correct address moving forward.
Depending on what type of service you have with the village, you may have one or more of the following charges.
See a typical residential bill breakdown (PDF).
There are many factors that go into determining what the average consumption should be, so it is difficult to give an average amount for a residential home. Some factors include household size, if guests are visiting, if you have filled or are maintaining a pool or hot tub, or if you irrigate or water your lawn. A good rule of thumb is approximately 6,000 gallons per person per quarter.
The water meter is typically located in the basement towards an outside wall with pipes coming from both sides. If you do not have a basement, the meter could be located in a utility closet. The water meter is the property of the Water Utility, so access to the water meter must be maintained.
The meter in your basement should be replaced or tested every fifteen to twenty years. This meter accuracy test is a requirement of the Wisconsin Administrative Code section Public Service Commission (PSC) 185.65.
In order for us to comply with this state code and to best serve your needs, we simply remove your old meter and replace it with a new one. The procedure takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and is done at no charge to you.
The Department of Natural Resources requires that all wells be properly abandoned if they are not operational. If the well is being used, the homeowner must have a permit. Ground water preservation is a major concern. One improperly abandoned or unsafe well can compromise ground water quality over a significant area. When a well is abandoned, a form must be submitted to the state and village verifying proper abandonment.
If you are using your well a permit must be issued. There is no charge for the permit. And it is good for five years.
The water in Lake Michigan is very cold. At certain times of the year water comes into the mains and service lines at a cold temperature but warms up as it travels through the distribution system. Cold water captures extra oxygen. As the water warms, the extra oxygen is released. However, while the water is in a pipe there is no place for this oxygen to go. When you fill your glass from the tap and it appears milky or cloudy this is the extra oxygen in the water escaping.
Do you have galvanized steel plumbing? If so, some of the pipes in your home may be obstructed with corrosion deposits - limiting the flow of water. If you have a drop in pressure at a specific faucet, check the screen on the spigot, it may be filled and slowing the stream of water.
Is the pressure at neighboring residences also low? If so, contact the Utility at 414-371-3080. There may be a main break in your area temporarily reducing pressure in your neighborhood.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) governs all the water utilities in the state. Visit the PSC Homepage for general questions and contact information, or peruse the Rules and Regulations.
A cross connection is a direct or potential connection between any part of the public water supply system and a source of contamination or pollution. The most common form of cross connection is a garden hose, which is easily connected to the public water supply system and can be used to apply a variety of potentially dangerous substances, including chemicals and fertilizer. Other common cross connections include:
Water normally flows in one direction, from the public water system through the customer’s cold or hot water plumbing system to a faucet or other plumbing fixture. Under certain conditions, water can flow in the reverse direction. This is known as backflow, and it occurs when backsiphonage or backpressure is created in a water line.
Back-siphonage may occur when there is a drop in the supply pressure of the water distribution system. This can be caused by a water line break, water main repair, or during a rapid withdrawal of water from a fire hydrant. This creates a vacuum, which may pull or siphon contaminants or pollutants into the drinking water supply.
Backpressure may be created when a source of pressure, such as a pump, boiler, or other building creates a pressure greater than that supplied from the water distribution system; this may force water to reverse direction.
Yes. The Public Service Commission (PSC) requires the Brown Deer Water Utility to change out meters on a 20-year replacement schedule per PSC 185.76(6). This gives the Utility legal authority to access and change out the meter. Failure to allow the Utility to access and replace the meter can result in disconnection.
There are several ways to schedule the meter change appointment. You may call our office at 414-371-3081 during normal business hours. If you reach the answering machine after hours you can leave a message with your name and telephone number where you can be reached during the day. Appointments can also be made online.
A typical meter replacement takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
Appointments are scheduled between 7:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Friday.
Your meter will be replaced at no cost to you.
The location of each water meter varies but is usually located in the basement of the home. Typically, it will be along the outside wall closet to the street where the water main is located. In side by sides, water meters may be in each basement, or both water meters may be located in a single unit.
Yes. Water service will be turned off inside the home during the meter replacement. Interrupted service should last less than 30 minutes, and service will be turned back on once the meter has been changed.
Brown Deer Water Utility employees will complete all meter replacements. Brown Deer Water Utility employees carry photo IDs with name, the Brown Deer Water Utility logo, contact information, and position. Please ask for identification before letting any employee into your residence.