The goal of the Assessor's Office is to be fair and equitable to property owners. This is done by looking at sales of similar properties. They are analyzed as a whole, and also broken into smaller segments, such as by year built, style, area, and size to see if they are being assessed similarly. In Iowa there is to be a revaluation done every odd year, as is the case this year.
Assessments Notices will be mailed in late March. If you feel our assessment is not at market value contact our office with some evidence of why the assessment should be changed, such as a recent appraisal, market analysis, or research you have done yourself. This is not an appeal on taxes, our office only deals with assessments and does not have anything to do with taxes. Our office can make changes until April 15 - After the 15 a petition needs to be filled out and a hearing with the Board of Review will be set. Oftentimes differences can be solved before the Board of Review process starts.
During a revaluation year assessments will change even if you did not do anything to your house. The revaluation is to reflect the market and in general our values were below market last year.