Walworth County Treasurer’s Office
The office of County Treasurer is a constitutional office elected to office by the voters of
Walworth County. Mr. William Hollinshead of Delavan was elected in 1838 as the first
treasurer of Walworth County for a term of one-year to begin in January 1839. The term of
office was changed to two years in 1893 and remained as a two-year term until a
constitutional amendment ratified on April 5, 2005 changed all elected county officers to
four-year terms. The treasurer was first elected to the new four-year term in the November
Until 1863 the treasurer’s salary was defined by state statute as a percentage of the money
led. In 2008, the treasurer’s office receipted both general and taxes in excess of $190
million. If today’s salary was still calculated as the percentage of receipts, the treasurer’s
salary would be quite substantial.
The 2009 mission statement states
that the duties of the treasurer’s office are “to accurately
and efficiently perform the statutory functions of county tax collector and financial
depository while providing excellence in public service”.
The functions of the county treasurer are numerous and complex and are governed by
Wisconsin Statutes. The duties are much more than “just collecting taxes”. Some of the
serves as the county’s bank, verifying departmental deposits and deposits the funds with
the county’s w
custodian of the tax rolls
responsible for foreclosure actions due to unpaid real estate tax liens where collection
efforts have failed
responsible for the administration and applications for the Lottery and Gaming Credit
sells plat books, county street maps and copies
bills and collects the Ag use Conversion fee
August tax settlement with all taxing jurisdictions.
collect state mandated funds and remit same to the state (i.e. Marriage and License Fees,
Dog Licenses, Probate, Managed Forest)
One of the duties of the treasurer was the investment of county funds. This task was
transferred to the Finance Department in 2008.
The 1991 tax roll included the Lottery and Gaming Credit for the first time. The credit was
first applied to all improved parcels. The credit was removed for the 1996 tax roll and
brought back for the 1997 tax roll available to Wisconsin homeowners who used their
property as their primary residence.