City Clerk - Treasurer's Office

City Clerk – Treasurer’s Office


The Clerk-Treasurer’s office is the legal custodian of official city records and acts as liaison between the public, city departments, and the Common Council. This office is responsible for administrating elections and maintaining the Statewide Voter Registration System.  Additional responsibilities of the Clerk-Treasurer’s office include:

  • Issuing licenses including alcohol, bartender, cigarette, direct seller, dog, and others
  • Billing of special assessments
  • Publishing all legal notices and public meeting notices
  • The Board of Review
  • Real & Personal Property Tax Collections
  • All general revenues and receipting
  • Accounts Payable
  • Payroll Processing
  • Oakwood Cemetery Administration

Contact Information

Sara Rutkowski
City Administrator
Clerk – Treasurer

108 N. Capron St.
PO Box 272
Berlin, WI  54923

Phone: 920-361-5400

Debra Thiel
Deputy Clerk – Treasurer

Caitlin Hilgart
Deputy Clerk – Treasurer


Berlin City Hall is located downtown, on the square.

History: Prior to 1928 city hall was located in various downtown buildings on their second floor offices including above the First National Bank in 1904.

In 1928 it was deemed appropriate to build a municipal building on the spot where the then current firehouse stood on Market Square . The current City Hall building was built and dedicated with much fanfare, including a song written about it in 1929. The original building had a tower on the south end but due to an engineering mistake it was deemed unsafe and removed in 1942. It housed city offices, the police department and the fire department. In 1982/83 the fire department moved to its own building and the remaining space was remodeled into more space for the remaining departments. The auditorium on the second floor was remodeled to hold the new Council Chambers. The building has received subsequent upgrades since then. It currently houses the police department, city offices and various department offices.

City Hall is located at 108 North Capron Street
(proper mailing address is 108 N. Capron St., P.O. Box 272 , Berlin, WI 54923)
920-361-5400 phone
920-361-5454 fax

City Hall hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Closed on Holidays.

Voting Location



147 Memorial Dr

Berlin, WI  54923



Click here to Check Your Voter Information at 

Register to Vote

Clerk’s Office City Hall
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
108 N. Capron Street

You must reside at your current residence in the City of Berlin for at least 28 consecutive days immediately preceding the next election to vote.  It is necessary to bring identification with your current City of Berlin address such as Wisconsin Driver’s License, Wisconsin ID, Bank or Credit Card Statement, Utility Bill, Paycheck, Student ID, Government issued Document, Lease Agreement, Employee ID, Residential Care intake document, Real Estate Property Tax Bill or Receipt.

Absentee Voting

Voters are allowed to cast their ballots prior to Election Day, either by mail or in the City Clerk’s office at 108 N. Capron Street.  You must provide an acceptable photo ID in order to vote.

Become a Polling Place Election Workers!

The City of Berlin is always looking for individuals who would be interested in being a Polling Place Election Inspector.
Wisconsin law permits high school students to work at the Polls on Election Day.  If you are interested in knowing more about becoming an election worker, please call the City Clerk’s office at 920-361-5400.


Attention City of Berlin Tax Payers Important dates and information

Please Read Carefully: Office Hours at City Hall

Regular Hours:  Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Holiday Schedule: Closed on December 25, 26 and January 1

  • First Tax Payment is DUE: Wednesday, January 31, 2024
  • Payments ON/BEFORE January 31, 2024: Payable to City of Berlin Treasurer, 108 N. Capron St., Berlin WI 54923
    • Accepted tax bill payment methods:  Cash or Check (no two-party checks) via mail, in-person, or drop box at City Hall.
    • If you require a receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your payment. Please also include payment stub from Tax Bill or write Tax Bill number on check.
    • If you wish your payment to be posted in 2023, the payment MUST be received in person at the Clerk’s Office by Friday, December 29 at 4:00 pm, postmarked by December 31 OR dropped off in the City Hall Clerk’s Department Dropbox located in front entrance of City Hall available 24/7 by December 31.
  • Payments AFTER January 31, 2024: Payable to Green Lake County Treasurer, 571 County Road A, Green Lake WI 54941
    • Payment methods: Cash, Check, or Credit/Debit/Electronic Check (fees apply)
  • LOTTERY CREDIT: If both installments on your tax bill are equal amounts, you are not getting the lottery credit. If the residence listed on your tax bill was your primary residence as of Jan 1, 2023 you may qualify for the lottery credit. Contact the Clerk’s Office at 361-5400 for more information.
  • Multiple Parcels can be combined into a single check; however, parcels in different counties should NOT be combined. ** For owners with properties in Green Lake and Waushara Counties, please send a separate check along with your payment stubs from your tax bills for each county.


Questions on your tax bill?

Contact Information for all Taxing Entities:

Green Lake County

County Administrator

571 County Road A

Green Lake, WI 54941


Berlin Area School District

School Superintendent

295 E. Marquette Street

Berlin, WI 54923


Moraine Park Technical College

Director of Finance

235 N National Avenue

Fond du Lac, WI 54936


Waushara County

County Treasurer

209 S. Ste Marie St

Wautoma, WI 54982


City of Berlin

City Treasurer

108 N. Capron Street

Berlin, WI 54923



Tax Assistance is Available: 

Berlin is a signed vendor with the Wisconsin Department of Administration Program – Help for Homeowners that can provide Tax Assistance. Please visit their website for more information and applications.


Where do my tax dollars go?

The City of Berlin’s elected officials and City staff are often asked how the City receives money and where the money is spent. We have put together the following page for a brief explanation of how operating funds are spent. We hope this explanation will help. Please know staff are always available to answer any additional questions you may have. You can also visit the city website at for more information.

Residents who own property in the City pay property taxes. The property tax bill adds together the tax levies of four different taxing jurisdictions. These taxing jurisdictions are the City of Berlin, the Berlin Area School District, Moraine Park Technical College, and either Green Lake or Waushara County (depending on which County you live in). Instead of requiring you to pay separate bills to each governmental unit, the levies from all four are combined into one bill for your convenience. After you pay your property tax bill, the money is divided and each taxing jurisdiction receives its share. Based on a home assessed value of $100,000, the distribution of property taxes by jurisdiction can be found below (amounts taken from 2022 tax bill):

  • Berlin Area School District      $1,181.65        96%
  • Green Lake County / Waushara County       $914.30           14%
  • City of Berlin           $864.85           51%
  • Moraine Park Technical College       $72.48               39%

TOTAL TAX BILL:   $3,033.28

Your City of Berlin Tax Dollars (28.51% – $864.85) – Where does your money go?

General Government – This includes costs for the City Council, Mayor, Boards, Committees, Commissions, City Attorney, Sealer of Weights & Measures, and Auditors.  $    35.55  $        2.96
Clerk-Treasurer Department – Finances, Elections, Licenses & Permits, Taxes, Special Assessments, and Record Management.  $    54.05  $        4.50
Police Department – The City is protected by twelve Full-Time officers who keep Berlin safe 24/7.  $  209.81  $      17.48
Fire Department – The City has 20+ volunteer Firefighters who respond to an average of 120 calls per year.  $    37.71  $        3.14
Shared Taxi Ride Service – available 7 days a week, for transportation up to 5 miles from City limits.  $    41.60  $        3.47
Garbage & Recycling – pickup is offered once a week for both services.  $    54.66  $        4.56
Public Works – Includes street maintenance programs such as street resurfacing, painting, patching, crack sealing, as well as snow plowing, parks maintenance, street lights, sidewalk repair and maintenance, yard waste pickups, weekly yard waste pickups for seniors and handicapped residents, maintenance of all city owned public buildings, traffic control on city streets, and storm sewers maintenance.  $  155.15  $      12.93
Senior Center – Maintains the Senior Center, provides activities, a nutrition program and senior transportation program.  $    22.75  $        1.90
Oakwood Cemetery – Maintenance for the City owned Cemetery  $    13.41  $        1.12
Library – Berlin Public Library is open six days a week, providing access to thousands of books, audiovisual materials, magazines, newspapers, computers, research assistance and programming for youth and adults.  $    59.42  $        4.95
Parks, Playgrounds & Recreation – Parks Department maintains ten beautiful parks and conservation areas with over 250 acres, offering walking trails, boat landings, basketball, horseshoe pitches, volleyball courts, a disc golf course, baseball fields and more.  $    32.60  $        2.72
Aquatic Center – zero-entry pool that has a concession stand, diving board, slides and playing areas.  $    25.95  $        2.16
Economic Development – Building Inspection/Code Enforcement, Assessments, as well as supporting local businesses for retention and expansion and programs to help redevelop the downtown.  $    26.64  $        2.22
Other Miscellaneous – Fireworks, Meeting Recordings, Historical Society Museum Support, Employee Retirement Payments  $      6.57  $        0.55
Debt Service  $    88.98  $        7.42
Total City Tax Bill:                           * Based on home assessment value of $100,000 *  $  864.85 $72.07
** Water & Sewer Services are billed monthly separate from taxes