The tax department collects the real estate taxes. Taxes become due July 1st of each year and are payable in two installments. If the first installment is not paid before October 1st, a penalty of 1 ½% per month rounded to the nearest dollar is added to the tax. A penalty is not attached to the second installment until April 1st. As of July 1, 1991 we have been able to accept partial payments. Please contact us for more information.
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The annual tax sale is held the third Monday in June at 8:00 A.M., unless otherwise advertised. For redemption under tax sale, 2% interest per month rounded to the nearest dollar is added to the sum paid by the tax purchaser and all subsequent taxes paid by him/her under the sale. Redemptions are made at our office. There is a $20.00 fee for the redemption certificate.
Understanding Your Property Tax Statement
- Assessed Value: The assessed value for the parcel is the sum of the values for the land, dwellings, and buildings as valued by the assessor after application of equalization orders.
- Taxable Value: The taxable value of the parcel is the sum of the values for the land, dwellings, and buildings as valued by the assessor after application of equalization orders, assessment limitations and itemized valuation exemptions.
- Levy Rate: The tax rate is expressed in dollars and cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. This rate is multiplied by the taxable value to produce the gross taxes.
- Tax Credits: Tax credits are deducted from the gross taxes or the taxable value in order to produce the net taxes.
- Tax Distribution: The name of all taxing authorities receiving a tax distribution, the amount of the distribution, and the percentage distribution for each taxing authority.
- Total Tax Levied: The total amount of taxes for each taxing authority and the difference between the current and prior years expressed as a percentage increase or decrease.
- State Property Tax Relief: The amount of property tax dollars reduced on each parcel as a result of the moneys received from the state property tax relief fund.
- The amount of the 1st installment of tax due by September 1st, delinquent after September 30th.
- The amount of the 2nd installment of tax due by March 1st, delinquent after March 31st.
- The payment stub for the 1st installment of tax to be remitted with a mailed or in-office payment.
- The payment stub for the 2nd installment of tax to be remitted with a mailed or in-office payment.
- Tax Receipt Number: A unique number used for authentication when a customer pays property tax with an eCheck through Iowa Treasures Online Tax Payments.