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No, you only have to sign again for homestead if you move from the current home that has homestead into another home.
Your DD214 - discharge papers need to be recorded in our Recorder's Office, then sign the military exemption form in the Assessor's Office.
The assessor finds out these changes through building permits that are filed with the local city hall or the county and through property owners notifying us of an improvement.
According to State Law, foreclosures are not considered to be "good" sales and are not used to determine the assessed value. They are considered to be a "forced" sale, in which the bank was forced to sell the home. If the foreclosed property was not left in normal condition, you may consider notifying the Assessor's Office so that an appraiser may walk through the home to determine the value.
Several factors can change the value of your assessment. Home improvements, such as building a garage, building a deck, kitchen or bathroom remodeling, finishing the basement, etc., may change the assessed value of the home. Supply and demand may also change the value.
Market value of a property is an estimate of the price that it would sell for on the open market on January 1st of the year of assessment. This is sometimes referred to as the "arms length transaction" or "willing buyer/willing seller" concept.
See the How the Assessor Determines Market Value page for more information.
If you find that there are inaccuracies with your assessment, please contact the Assessor's Office at the Jasper County Courthouse. The assessor will review it and determine if the changes need to be made. An appraiser from the assessor's office may need to walk through the property to obtain accurate data.
The State of Iowa requires that all real property be reassessed every two years on the odd numbered year. At that time, studies of current market value, sales ratios and economic trends of the local market will determine whether your assessment should change. If your property has any other change it may be reassessed more often. For example, if you build a new garage, it will be assessed for the following year whether it is an odd number year or not.
No, the Assessor raises or lowers the values of property according to the market value of real estate or in the case of agricultural land, according to productivity and CSR.
Assessments are set January 1st of each year, while the tax levies (tax rates) on these assessments are not set until July of the following year. (Example, the assessment notices from April 2011 were for the January 1, 2011 assessment. Tax levies for these values will be set in June of 2012 based on what the different taxing authorities budget in March and April 2012 for the next fiscal year of July 2012 - June 2013.)
The taxing authorities you pay property taxes to are listed at the bottom of your tax statement each year, along with their budget information and a breakdown of how much you are paying to each taxing body.
If there is any change to the assessed value of your property, you will receive an assessment notice on or before April 15th of the year of the change. The taxes on the new assessment will not be reflected until September of the following year.
Before protesting your value, ask yourself these two questions:
After asking these questions, if you still do not agree, you are able to protest the value. Protest forms can be found on this website during protest times and are available at the Assessor's Office. Completed forms must be received in the Assessor's office starting April 16 up to and including May 5. The Board of Review will then review your assessment and determine whether the assessed value is fair. If, after review, you still do not agree with the assessed value, you may choose to appeal the case by filing in district court or with the Property Assessment Appeal Board.
Agricultural land and buildings are not assessed on market value. Corn Suitability Ratings (CSRs) are used to set agricultural land value along with productivity, which includes grain prices, yields, and land owners estimated expenses. This is done county wide on a five year average based on data from USDA and Iowa State University. For example, the years used for the 2011 assessment are 2005-2009. Based on this information, the Iowa Department of Revenue informs the counties what percentage adjustments are needed for agricultural land and buildings.