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--- 05/24/2021 ---

Tama County Assessor, Wesley Ray, is announcing that door-to-door inspections of all residential and agricultural dwellings in Tama County have been completed. A reappraisal project was approved by the Conference Board in February, 2018. 

Ted Goslinga Reed Kinne Jason Richter
Ted Goslinga Reed Kinne Jason Richter

 

The review phase of the project is now beginning. Reed Kinne, Jason Richter, and Ted Goslinga are review appraisers with Vanguard Appraisals, Inc. Vanguard Appraisals is conducting this project for the Tama County Assessor’s office. These review appraisers will utilize the information gathered during the inspection phase of the project. They will correlate this information with sales of property that have occurred in Tama County to determine each property's market value. 

 

The review appraisers will not be inspecting property (unless new construction has occurred since the inspection phase of the project). However, property owners may notice these appraisers viewing their property from the street. They will have a sign on their car that reads “Assessor’s office representative”. All law enforcement agencies as well as the Tama County Assessor’s Office will be apprised of the areas where review appraisers are working.  They will also have a listing of all names and license plate numbers of anyone involved in the 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. 

 

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

 

 

--- 04/06/2021 ---

TAMA COUNTY ASSESSOR --- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --- 2021 ASSESSED VALUATIONS HAVE BEEN POSTED TO THE WEBSITE

--- 04/06/2021 ---

NOTE:  If you disagree with your property assessment, you have two options: an Informal Appeal with our office or a Formal Appeal with the Tama County Board of Review. Informal appeals may be filed between April 2 and April 25. Formal Appeals may be filed between April 2 and April 30. Please refer to the Iowa Code section below for grounds.


Iowa Code Section 441.37(1)-(2)(a) Protest of assessment — grounds.
1. a. (1) Any property owner or aggrieved taxpayer who is dissatisfied with the owner’s or taxpayer’s assessment may file a protest against such assessment with the board of review on or after April 2, to and including April 30, of the year of the assessment. In any county which has been declared to be a disaster area by proper federal authorities after March 1 and prior to May 20 of said year of assessment, the board of review shall be authorized to remain in session until June 15 and the time for filing a protest shall be extended to and include the period from May 25 to June 5 of such year. The protest shall be in writing on forms prescribed by the director of revenue and, except as provided in subsection 3, signed by the one protesting or by the protester’s duly authorized agent. The taxpayer may have an oral hearing on the protest if the request for the oral hearing is made in writing at the time of filing the protest. The protest must be confined to one or more of the following grounds:
(a) That said assessment is not equitable as compared with assessments of other like property in the taxing district.
(b) That the property is assessed for more than the value authorized by law.
(c) That the property is not assessable, is exempt from taxes, or is misclassified.
(d) That there is an error in the assessment.
(e) That there is fraud or misconduct in the assessment which shall be specifically stated.
(2) If the local board of review, property assessment appeal board, or district court decides in favor of the property owner or aggrieved taxpayer and finds that there was fraud or misconduct in the assessment, the property owner’s or aggrieved taxpayer’s reasonable costs incurred in bringing the protest or appeal shall be paid from the assessment expense fund under section 441.16.
(3) For purposes of this section, costs include but are not limited to legal fees, appraisal fees, and witness fees.
(4) For purposes of this section, “misconduct” means the same as defined in section 441.9.
2. a. A property owner or aggrieved taxpayer who finds that a clerical or mathematical error has been made in the assessment of the owner’s or taxpayer’s property may file a protest against that assessment in the same manner as provided in this section, except that the protest may be filed for previous years. The board may correct clerical or mathematical errors for any assessment year in which the taxes have not been fully paid or otherwise legally discharged.
Iowa Code Section 441.21(3)(b)(2) Actual, assessed, and taxable value
For assessment years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, the burden of proof shall be upon any complainant attacking such valuation as excessive, inadequate, inequitable, or capricious. However, in protest or appeal proceedings when the complainant offers competent evidence that the market value of the property is different than the market value determined by the assessor, the burden of proof thereafter shall be upon the officials or persons seeking to uphold such valuation to be assessed.
For information regarding appeals to the Property Assessment Appeal Board or district court, please see Iowa Code sections 441.37A - 441.39.

--- 03/19/2021 ---

TAMA COUNTY ASSESSOR --- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – DECEMBER 2, 2020 --- UPDATED APPRAISER INFORMATION

 

PLEASE NOTE THE APPRAISERS SHOWN BELOW ARE THE CURRENT VANGUARD APPRAISERS WORKING WITHIN TAMA COUNTY.

 

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.

 

Robert Bellmer James O'Meara Kenneth Koffron Kyle Colvin

                  

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

--- 10/29/2020 ---

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.

--- 07/22/2020 ---

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. 

--- 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.

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