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2020 Assessed Values Appeal Extension Dates

Iowa Assessors recently mailed assessment rolls to any property owner who had changes to their 2020 assessed valuations.  Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, an official state order gives property owners who disagree with property values, additional time to petition their local board of review.  The deadline to file an assessment appeal has been extended until June 5th.  The regular appeal deadline was April 30th.

The Board of Review is an independent board made up of appointed private citizens who meet for the purpose of hearing protests to assessed values.  After reviewing the information provided by the property owner and the assessor's office, the board acts to either change the assessed value or leave it intact.

Anyone who disagrees with their assessed value has two options available at this time.  The first option involves calling the assessor's office to request an "Informal Review".  This year, the deadline is April 27th.  The second option is to file a formal appeal with the Board of Review by June 5th.  A link to Board of Review appeal is available below for your convenience (Use version: Regular Session - Disaster Counties Version during COVID-19).  A paper copy of the appeal form can be mailed to you upon request.

While many county offices are closed to the public, most are still effectively conducting business via phone, mail and email.  We encourage people to shelter at home and contact your local assessor with any concerns.

Duties of the Assessor

The assessor is charged with several administrative and statutory duties: however, the primary duty and responsibility is to cause to be assessed all real property within his/her jurisdiction except that which is provided by law.  This would include residential, multi-residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural classes of property.  Real property is revalued every two years, on odd numbered years.  The effective date of the assessment is January 1st of the current year.  The assessor determines a full or partial value of the new construction or improvements depending upon the state of completion as of January 1st.

About the Assessor

Assessors are appointed to their position by a Conference Board consisting of the members of the Board of Supervisors, the Mayors of all the incorporated cities, and a member of each school district within the jurisdiction.  A city with a population of 10,000 or more may elect to have their own assessor.  In cities having an assessor the conference board shall consist of the members of the city council, school board and county board of supervisors.

Assessors are required by law to pass a state examination and complete a continuing education program consisting of 150 hours of formal classroom instruction with 90 hours tested and passing grade of 70% attained.  The latter requirement mush be met in order for the Assessor to be reappointed to the position every six years.

The Conference Board approved the Assessor's budget and after a public hearing acts on adoption of the same.  The Assessor is limited by statue, depending upon the value of the jurisdiction, to a levy limitation for the budget

The assessor does not collect taxes, calculate taxes, or determine tax rate.  The assessor is concerned with VALUE, not taxes.