Frequently asked questions from County of Racine

When and Where do I pay my property taxes?

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Real estate property tax bills are prepared and mailed mid-December by your local municipality. The first installment is due by January 31 and paid to the municipality. Please note: if the first installment payment is late or short, all taxes become due and interest and penalty starts accruing as of February 1st. Installment options would no longer be valid. For City of Racine properties, the City allows taxpayers to pay in four installments: January 31st, March 31st, May 31st and July 31st to the City. Please contact them at 262-636-9171 for payment information. After July 31st, all payments are payable to the Racine County Treasurer. For all other county municipalities, there are two installments allowed; January 31st and July 31st. Current real estate payments made prior to January 31st are collected by your local municipality. All payments after January 31st are to be paid to the Racine County Treasurer.

Why am I being charged interest and penalty?

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If the entire amount of your first installment is not paid in full to your local municipality on or before January 31st, then two things will occur: First, per Wisconsin State Statue (74.11(7) or 74.12 & 74.85) you will be assessed a 1.5% interest and penalty charge per month beginning February 1st. Second, you will lose the option of paying your taxes in installments for the current year. The entire amount of your taxes would be due and any unpaid balance will continue to accrue interest and penalty until the taxes are completely paid in full.

My payments are delinquent. May I make monthly payments on them?

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Yes. We encourage taxpayers to set up a regular payment plan to assist in getting delinquent taxes paid in full.

Where can I find more information with regards to the Unemployment benefits in the case of COVID-19?

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You can get more information on the Unemployment benefits related to Coronavirus COVID-19 on the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development here.

When can I apply for Unemployment Benefits in Wisconsin?

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You should apply for unemployment benefits online when:

  • You are totally unemployed,
  • You are partially unemployed (your weekly earnings are reduced), or
  • You expect to be laid off within the next 13 weeks and would like to start your benefit year early.

All claims based on work done in Wisconsin are filed through Wisconsin, even if you now live in another state.

Please note that your claim begins the week you apply. To avoid any loss of benefits, apply the first week you are unemployed & do not wait until the week is over.

What information is required to be able to apply for unemployment benefits online in Wisconsin?

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Applying for unemployment benefits is smoother and faster when you have essential information in-hand.

The information you provide will be used to determine your eligibility for Unemployment Insurance benefits. It is important that your information is accurate and complete for all questions asked. The law provides penalties for withholding information or making false statements to obtain benefits in Wisconsin.

You will need the following information to apply for your benefits online: 

  • A valid email or mobile number
  • Your social security number *
  • Your Wisconsin driver license or identification number
  • Your work history for the last 18 months:
    • Employers' business names
    • Employers' addresses (including zip code)
    • Employers' phone number
    • First and last dates of work with each employer
    • Reason no longer working with each employer
  • If not a U.S. citizen, your alien registration number, document number and expiration date
  • Form DD-214 (Member 4 copy), if you served in the military in the last 18 months
  • Form SF-50 or SF-8, if you are a federal civilian employee
  • If you are a union member, the name and local number of your union hall
  • Your current address. You need a valid mailing address to receive important documents about your claim. Make sure you have notified your post office of any recent changes to your address.

How long can I claim UI benefits in Wisconsin?

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You start a benefit year when you file a new initial claim application. A benefit year lasts 52 weeks. When one benefit year ends, the week that you file your next initial claim application will start a new benefit year.

During the 52 weeks of each benefit year, there is a maximum amount of unemployment benefits you can be paid. This is called your “maximum benefit amount” (MBA). The MBA is the lesser of 26 times your WBR or 40% of your total base period wages from all covered employment. Wages that you earn during a benefit year will not increase your MBA or your WBR for that benefit year.

Use your MBA as you would a checking account balance. As you are paid weekly benefits, simply subtract the amount you are paid from your MBA balance to know how much you can still be paid for that benefit year.

What is the weekly benefit rate (WBR)?

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The weekly amount of unemployment benefits you are paid when you have no wages or other income during the week. It is 4% of the total high quarter wages from all covered employment in your base period.

The minimum WBR in the State of Wisconsin is $54, requiring high quarter earnings of $1,350; and the maximum WBR is $370, requiring high quarter earnings of $9,250.

Please note that if you do not have enough earnings for the minimum benefit rate, you do not qualify for unemployment benefits.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Where can I find more about the Coronavirus cases registered in Wisconsin?

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You can find more information about the COVID-19 cases & test results in Wisconsin along with the county wise breakdown here