Polk County 2017 Revaluation
Polk County Assessor’s Office Fact Sheet
The Polk County Assessor’s primary responsibility is to estimate the fair market value of your property as of January 1st. Iowa law requires assessors to revalue property every odd-numbered year (i.e., 2013, 2015, 2017).
2017 is a revaluation year – all parcels will be revalued this year. Following is the average increase for each class of property:
o Residential 8.2%
o Commercial/Industrial 8.5%
o Multiresidential 10.7%
o Agricultural -2.3%
The changes on individual properties will vary based on location and other physical factors – some will be less and some will be more than the average.
Property taxes based on the 2017 assessment will be due September 2018 and March 2019. Approximately 177,000 assessment notices were mailed on March 30th.
Property owners have a right to protest the valuation determined by the assessor:
o If you believe the assessment is either inaccurate or unfair, you can file a protest.
o April 2nd thru April 30th - dates you can file a protest with the assessor each year.
o April 30th is on a Sunday so May 1st is the deadline this year.
o Protests can be filed in person, by mail (postmarked by May 1st), by fax machine, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
o You may request an informal review of your assessment with the assessor April 2nd thru April 25th.
o The Board of Review meets during the month of May to consider protests and will notify the property owner of their decision when they adjourn – session will be extended to July 15th unless Board completes their work earlier.
If you disagree with the local Board of Review’s decision, you can appeal the Board of Review’s decision to:
o Property Assessment Appeal Board, or
o District Court of Polk County
• Call the assessor’s office if you have any questions 286-3014
• Assessor’s website: www.assess.co.polk.ia.us
o For general and summary information regarding the 2017 revaluation, click on 2017 Revaluation
o For specific information on your property, click on Investigate Your Assessment
o Type in your address
o Use the various tools to evaluate your assessment