The Assessor in Howard County, Iowa has the primary duty and responsibility to cause to be assessed all real property within their jurisdiction.


  Howard County, Iowa - Assessor

Duties of the Assessor:
The Assessor is charged with several administrative and statutory duties. The primary duty and responsibility is to assess all real property within the Assessor's jurisdiction except that which is otherwise provided by law. This would include residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural classes of property.

Real property is revalued every two years. The effective date of the assessment is January first of each year. The Assessor determines a full or partial value for all new construction and improvements depending upon their state of completion as of that January first date

The Assessor is concerned with value, not taxes. Taxing jurisdictions such as schools, cities and county, adopt budgets after public hearings. This determines the tax levy, which is the rate of taxation required to raise the money budgeted.

The taxes you pay are proportional to the value of your property compared to the total value of property in your taxing district.

The Assessor DOES NOT:
Collect taxes
Calculate taxes
Determine tax rate
Set policy for the Board of Review


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 a passing grade of 70% attained. The latter requirement must be met in order for the Assessor to be reappointed to the position every six years.
The Conference Board approves the Assessor's budget and after a public hearing acts on adoption of the same.
The Assessor is limited, by statute, depending upon the value of the jurisdiction, to a levy limitation for the budget.

Click here to read about Market Value, Tax Levies and Assessed Values

Address:
Howard County Courthouse
137 North Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am -  4:30pm

Phone Number:
563.547.9201

FAX Number:
563.547.9295

County Assessor:
Joseph Kelly

Employees in
Assessor's Office:
Office Manager
Lori Kerian

GIS Tech
Rock Tuchek

Assessor's Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Assessor's office


Property Records Search

howard.iowaassessors.com

Assessor's Links:


Iowa State Association of Assessors

Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC)

Other Links:

Iowa General Assembly Bills and Amendments

The Iowa General Assembly: Iowa Law

Iowa Administrative Code

Iowa Department of Revenue

IAAO: International Association of Assessing Officers
 
             

City Bridge - Protivin, IA

Arlin Schreiber Memorial Ball Park - Riceville, IA

Beaver swimming the Crane Creek

City Hall - Chester, IA