How does the Assessor determine the value of my property?

Depending on the classification of the property, the assessment is to represent the market value of the property unless otherwise provided by Iowa Code. Residential, agricultural dwellings, multi-residential, commercial, and industrial classed properties are to be assessed at market value. Changes in market value as indicated by research, sales ratio studies and analysis of local conditions as well as economic trends both in and outside the construction industry are used in determining your assessment.  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 ’arm’s length transaction’ or ’willing buyer/willing seller’ concept. Agricultural land and buildings are valued on productivity and net earning capacity.

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1. My assessment has not changed, why have my property taxes increased?
2. What does my property tax pay for?
3. How does the Assessor determine the value of my property?
4. What is classification?
5. How does the Assessor determine Market Value?
6. How often is my property reassessed?
7. What do I do if I disagree with the assessed value of my property?
8. How do I appeal my assessment?
9. How is the Assessor appointed?