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Important News

--- 08/25/2020 ---

2020 DERECHO - STORM DAMAGE REPORTING FORM

FOLLOWING THE DERECHO THAT OCCURRED ON AUGUST 10, 2020 MANY PROPERTIES IN IOWA SUSTAINED DAMAGE. WE ARE ASKING ALL PROPERTY OWNERS TO REPORT STORM DAMAGE TO THEIR IMPROVEMENTS ALONG WITH THEIR INTENT TO REMOVE, REPLACE OR MAKE REPAIRS. WE HAVE PREPARED A FILLABLE FORM THAT CAN FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE BY CLICKING ON THE "FORMS" BUTTON. WE WILL ALSO HAVE THESE FORMS AVAILABLE IN OUR OFFICE FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. THANK YOU.

--- 07/28/2020 ---

TAMA COUNTY ASSESSOR --- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --- JULY 22, 2020

 

RE: RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL PROJECT --- THE CONTRACT WITH VANGUARD APPRAISALS, INC. WAS SIGNED IN FEBUARY 2018 AND SCHEDULED LONG BEFORE THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. WE UNDERSTAND AND SHARE THE PUBLIC'S CONCERN FOR SAFETY DURING THE CURRENT PANDEMIC. NEITHER OUR OFFICE NOR VANGUARD APPRAISAL STAFF ARE DEMANDING INTERIOR INSPECTIONS. OBVIOUSLY, AN INTERIOR INSPECTION GIVES A CLEARER PICTURE OF THE CURRENT CONDITION AND QUALITY OF A PROPERTY. WE REALIZE SOME OWNERS OR TENANTS MIGHT NOT BE COMFORTABLE WITH ALLOWING SOMEONE IN THEIR HOME AT THIS TIME. THERE ARE OTHER ALTERNATIVES AVAILABLE AND THESE ARE AS FOLLOWS:

 

 

1) YOU MAY PROVIDE VERBAL INFORMATION TO THE DATA COLLECTORS AT THE DOOR. THEY WOULD STILL LIKE TO MAKE AN EXTERIOR INSPECTION OF THE PROPERTY AND VERIFY MEASUREMENTS AND TAKE A NEW PHOTO.

 

2) YOU CAN CALL OUR OFFICE AND PROVIDE YOUR NAME, PHONE NUMBER, AND ADDRESS AND THE VANGUARD STAFF CAN CALL YOU TO VERIFY INTERIOR INFORMATION. AS ABOVE, THEY WOULD STILL LIKE TO MAKE AN EXTERIOR INSPECTION.

 

3) YOU CAN REQUEST THAT THEY DO NOT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. HOWEVER, YOUR ASSESSMENT WILL THEN HAVE TO BE BASED ON AN ESTIMATE. YOU CAN CALL OUR OFFICE AND PROVIDE YOUR NAME, PHONE NUMBER, AND ADDRESS AND WE WILL NOTIFY VANGUARD STAFF NOT TO COME TO YOUR PROPERTY.

 

IT IS IN EVERYONE'S BEST INTEREST TO COOPERATE TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITY SO THAT THE DATA IS AS COMPLETE AND ACCURATE AS POSSIBLE IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE FAIR AND EQUITABLE ASSESSMENTS.

 

Iowa Code 441.19 Owner to assist — provisions for assessment. 1. The assessor shall list every person in the assessor’s county or city as the case may be and assess all the property in the county or city, except property exempted or otherwise assessed. A person who refuses to assist in making out a list of the person’s property, or of any property which the person is by law required to assist in listing, is guilty of a simple misdemeanor.

 

 

--- 07/17/2020 ---

TAMA COUNTY ASSESSOR --- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --- JULY 17, 2020

 

GIS MAPS/AERIALS --- IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH THE IMAGERY, YOU MIGHT WANT TO USE A DIFFERENT INTERNET BROWSER. THE NEW GIS MAP FORMAT IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH INTERNET EXPLORER. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU USE A DIFFERENT BROWSER (SEARCH ENGINE) SUCH AS GOOGLE, CHROME OR FIREFOX.

 

NAME SEARCH --- THE NAME SEARCH FEATURE HAS BEEN REACTIVATED AND IS AVAILABLE AGAIN. 

--- 07/17/2020 ---

TAMA COUNTY ASSESSOR --- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JULY 17, 2020

 

Tama County Assessor, Wesley Ray, is announcing that door-to-door inspections of all residential and agricultural dwellings in Tama County will begin approximately july 20, 2020. A reappraisal project was approved by the Conference Board in February, 2018.

 

                      Lee Ott  Brian Hornung  Josh Hanson

                      Lee Ott                   Brian Hornung     Josh Hanson

Data collectors with photo ID will make interior and exterior inspections of all residential and agricultural dwellings.  They will be compiling information to be used to estimate the fair market value of each property.  Information to be collected includes type of construction, type of interior finish, physical condition of the property, age of structures and exterior measurements.  A complete sales analysis, local construction costs, and economic conditions are also considered.  No estimate of value will be given at the time of inspection.

 

Property owners are asked to cooperate by allowing a complete inspection of their property and providing accurate information so that a fair and equitable assessment may be determined for each property.

 

Representatives of Vanguard Appraisals, Inc. in conjunction with the Tama County Assessor’s Office will be conducting this project.  Notice of final value estimates will be mailed to each property owner after January 1, 2022.  The property owners will have an opportunity to meet informally to discuss their revaluation in the spring of 2022. The new assessed values will be effective for January 1, 2022 for taxes payable in fiscal 2023-2024.

 

All law enforcement agencies as well as the Tama County Assessor’s Office will be apprised of the areas where data collectors are working.  They will also have a listing of all names and license plate numbers of anyone involved in the project.

 

If any property owner has questions regarding the reappraisal project, they are urged to contact the Tama County Assessor’s at 641-484-3545 or email wray@tamacounty.org

 

 

--- 04/01/2020 ---

TAMA COUNTY ASSESSOR --- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --- 2020 ASSESSED VALUATIONS HAVE BEEN POSTED TO THE WEBSITE

--- 03/30/2015 ---

We now have our agricultural data on-line.  We used the new CSR2 and Land Use Layer for our 2015 valuation.  The Average CSR is broken into each "land use".  If you want the average CSR for the entire parcel, you will need to divide the Total CSR points by the total acres.  The Net CSR column is adjusted down for assessment purposes.

These are the Land Use Codes:

BS = Building Site                  Permanent Pasture = PP      River = RI

CR = Cropped                       Wildlife Habitat = WH-A       Pond = PD-A

NCR = Non-Cropped               Forest Reserve = FR-A

     

--- 10/03/2014 ---

We now have a search by map.  If you only know the general area a property is located, you can search using the GIS Maps.

--- 05/23/2014 ---

The parcels on our site now have a link to the treasurer's site, so we now have tax information. 

It is located at the top left of the parcel.