Howard County, Iowa Treasures duties include working with County Financial Management, Real Estate, Motor Vehicles, Collection of Property Taxes, and Annual Tax Sale.


  Howard County, Iowa - Treasurer

Duties of the Treasurer
The Treasurer is responsible for the receipt, management, disbursement, financial reporting, bonds and investment of all monies paid to the County and serves as agent for the State of Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance.

The Treasurer compiles composite reports from individual record books to general ledgers: reviews and reconciles receipts, bills, and cash received to assure accuracy of figures to prevent discrepancies and financial loss. In addition, the Treasurer categorizes, indexes, files and deposits materials, forms and monies received to assure public funds are administered properly.

The Treasurer is responsible for the proper receipt, accounting and disbursement of county funds within proper policies established by the State of Iowa, Howard County Board of Supervisors and corporate and unincorporated taxing entities for adequate financial control.

Financial Management
Investment of Revenues
Keep accurate record of monies received and disbursed
Check supporting data for all check and cash receipts from all county monies
Submit accurate financial records for annual audit
Prepare monthly reports
Prepare reports throughout the year for the Howard County Board of Supervisors and State Auditor
Update Investment Report annually if law changes
ACH transfers of monthly tax payments
Send monthly monies to the Iowa Department of Transportation
Apportion taxes to various entities
Collect miscellaneous revenues from all county offices and departments
   
Real Estate Division
To collect taxes certified for all real estate, mobile homes, special assessments, utilities
Process Iowa Property Tax Credit Claims for senior citizens or disabled persons
Pursue collection of tax liens by ordinary lawsuit or by proceeding to the taking of the tax sale deed
Prepare for publishing a newspaper notice of tax sale
Conduct annual and adjourned tax sales
Send notice of delinquent taxes to taxpayers with outstanding taxes as of February 1
Send notice of annual tax sale no later than May 1,
Process tax sale redemptions
   
Motor Vehicle Division
CDL issuance; Auto and Motorcycle testing and license issuance.
License, title, collect fee for new registration and motor vehicle registrations in Howard County
Issue duplicate, salvage, in lieu and in transit titles
Record and release security interests
Issue junking certificates for vehicles that are dismantled or no longer operable
Prepare reports for the Iowa Department of Transportation
Process refund claim forms
Issue special license plates
Work with Department of Transportation Investigators
   
Collection of Property Taxes
It is the Treasurerís duty to collect all taxes, certified by the County Auditor, which includes real estate, mobile homes, special assessments, buildings on leased land, equipment assessed as real estate, utilities and grain handlers.
The County Auditor delivers tax lists of the various districts to the Treasurer at the beginning of each fiscal year.
Taxes are segregated in taxing districts, and the amounts collected are apportioned to the various funds; State, Area Schools, Ag Extension, Assessor/Appraiser, County, School, corporate entities and townships.
   
Property Tax Payments
Property taxes may be paid in two installments. The first half is due September 1 and becomes delinquent October 1; the second half is due March 1 and becomes delinquent April 1.
Delinquent interest accrues at the rate of 1.5% per month, rounded to the nearest dollar with a minimum of a dollar.
Payments for redemption from tax sale must be paid by guaranteed funds. The rate of interest required by Iowa law to be paid in a redemption is 2% per month.
   
Notice of Delinquent Taxes
The law requires that a notice be sent to property owners who have outstanding taxes as of February 1. The notification explains that under Iowa law, it is important for property owners to pay taxes and special assessments when they are due in order to avoid the tax sale.
Iowa law also requires that a notice of the annual tax sale shall be mailed not later than May 1 to the person in whose name the parcel subject to sale is taxed.
Delinquent taxes as of May 1 are assessed a publication fee and advertised for sale at the annual tax sale in June.
   
Tax Sale
The Annual Tax Sale is held the third Monday in June at 10:00 a.m. with an adjourned sale scheduled for the third Monday of each subsequent month. Any delinquency must be offered for sale at the Regular or Public Bidder Tax Sale.
Delinquent tax and/or special assessments advertised twice and remaining unsold for want of bidders, must be offered for sale at the annual Public Bidder Sale. Howard County is required by Iowa law to purchase the delinquencies if there is no private sector bidder.

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

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

CDL issuance, Auto and Motorcycle testing and issuance
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:15pm

CDL, Car and Motorcycle drives every day by appointment

Phone Number:
563.547.9211

FAX Number:
563.547.9217

County Treasurer:
Warren J. Steffen

Employees in the Treasurer's Office:
Deputy Treasurer:
Norma Albertson

Motor Vehicle Clerk:
Delores (Lori) Praska

Driver License Deputy:
Christine Hron

Part-time Clerk:
Jackie Balk

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


Links:
Iowa State County
Treasurers Association

(pay taxes and motor vehicle licenses online)

Iowa Department of Revenue

Iowa Motor Vehicle Division
 
             

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