Will property taxes be increased as a result of historic designation?
The Village of Whitefish Bay’s tax assessor does not consider historic designation as a factor when computing property tax assessments. It is sometimes the case that historic designation coincides with a general increase in property values in a neighborhood, but historic designation alone does not increase taxes. Property is revalued for tax purposes only as a result of an increase or decrease in what buildings in a particular area are selling for or, in the case of some commercial property, are renting at.

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1. What properties are eligible for designation as local historic structures or sites?
2. How are structures and sites designated?
3. What are the advantages of having a property declared historic by the Village of Whitefish Bay?
4. What is the purpose of the design review responsibility by the Whitefish Bay Architectural Review Commission and how does the review process work?
5. Can designated historic properties be demolished?
6. Will owners be forced to restore or improve their historic properties if they are designated?
7. Will new construction be prevented at historic sites?
8. Will property taxes be increased as a result of historic designation?
9. How does one obtain an application to have a building or site dedicated historic or request permission to make a change to an already designated property?