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Important News

--- 10/01/2021 ---

2021 Final Equalization Orders Issued

 Pursuant to Iowa Code Section 441.49, the Iowa Department of Revenue has notified the Delaware County Auditor of final percentage adjustments to the 2021 valuations of real property in Delaware County as follows:

 The current equalization orders for Delaware County apply to the January 1, 2021 assessments for the following classes of property:

 A decrease of 7.795% for Agricultural Land, outside and within incorporated cities; and,

 No adjustment for Agricultural Structures, excluding residential dwellings, outside and within incorporated cities; and,

 No adjustment for Residential Realty, including residential dwellings on Agricultural Realty, outside and within incorporated cities; and,

 No adjustment for Commercial Realty, excluding machinery and equipment referred to in Chapter 427A, outside and within incorporated cities; and,

 No adjustment for Industrial Realty, located outside and within incorporated cities; and,

 No adjustment for Multi-residential Realty, excluding equipment referred to in Chapter 427A, outside and within incorporated cities.

 Assessed values are equalized by the Department of Revenue every two years. Local taxing authorities determine the final tax levies and may reduce property tax rates to compensate for any increase due to equalization. If there is an increase listed above, taxpayers may protest the final equalization order with their local board of review. Protests are accepted through October 31, 2021 at the County Assessor’s Office.

Please contact the Delaware County Assessor’s Office at 563-927-2526 if you have any questions.

 

--- 03/05/2021 ---

ASSESSMENT NOTICES

The Delaware County Assessor's Office has mailed the 2021 Real Estate Assessment Notices to all property owners as of March 5th, 2021.  The notices are intended to inform the property owners of the estimated market value of your property.  The values should not be confused with taxable value or the tax bill. 

 

Vanguard Appraisals, Inc of Cedar Rapids contracted to reappraise all residential structures and agricultural dwellings in the county as of January 1, 2021.  Sales information, cost data, and field inspections have been researched and reviewed during the course of the contract.  All values were established according to assessment appraisal guidelines and the Code of Iowa. 

 

Property owners will have an opportunity to meet with a representative of Vanguard Appraisals, Inc. if they feel the values does not represent fair market value.  These meetings are an opportunity for the property owner to submit any information which may affect the estimate of market value of their property.  Property owners who wish to meet with a representative of Vanguard must request an appointment by calling the assessors office at     563-927-2526 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Monday-Friday) and between March 8-19, 2021. 

 

Property owners who feel the value indicated is not fair market value should be prepared to state their estimate of market value and present evidence to support that estimate, such as sales, costs, remodeling, recent appraisals, etc.

 

New notices will be mailed if values change prior to April 1.

 

Assessments are required to be at 100% fair market value of the property (unless otherwise provided by the Code of Iowa) in its condition as of January 1st.  This is the amount established by the assessor's office before application of the state rollback factor.  The 2021 assessed value will be the basis of your tax bill in 2022-2023. 

 

NOTICE: If you are not satisfied that the assessment is correct, you may contact our office on or after April 2, to and including April 25, of the year of the assessment to request an informal review of the assessment pursuant to Section 441.30. 

 

If you are not satisfied that the assessment is correct, you may file a protest against such assessment with the Board of Review on or after April 2nd to and including April 30th of the year of the assessment.  Such protest must be confined to the grounds specified in Section 441.37(1)(a)(1), Code of Iowa. 

 

Electronic filing of protests is authorized by the Delaware County Board of Review under Iowa Code 441.37 (3) and petitions can be emailed to dlett@co.delaware.ia.us.  The petition form may be found at https://delawarecounty.iowa.gov/offices/assessor/index.htm or www.Iowa-Assessors.org. 

--- 07/01/2020 ---

Homestead Tax Credit

In order to qualify for the Homestead Tax Crecidt, you must own and occupy the property as a homestead on July 1 of each year, declare residency in Iowa for income tax purposes and occupy the property for at least six months each year.  Persons in the military or nursing homes who do not occupy the home are also eligible. 

 

The claim must be filed on or before July 1.  Claim is allowed for successive years without further filing as long as eligible. 

 

Our office will mail a Homestead Tax Credit form to you after transfer paperwork is recorded and processed or you may find a pre-populated application within your parcel information on this website.

 

For further questions, please contact our office at 563-927-2526 monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m. 

 

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