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Due to COVID-19, the Assessor’s office will be closed to the public until June 8, 2020. Please call our office with any questions regarding property assessments, credits, exemptions, etc. Applications for tax credits can be downloaded from the Iowa Department of Revenue at https://tax.iowa.gov/tax-credits-and-exemptions. Homestead Tax Credit, Military Exemption, Business Property Tax Credit, and other applications can be mailed to P.O. Box 1076, Council Bluffs, IA 51502 or emailed to assessor@pottco.org. Additional information and updates for the Assessor’s office can be found under our News section or by calling our office at 712-328-5617.

Due to COVID-19, the Board of Review will not hold oral hearings for the Spring 2020 session. Please provide all relevant data including photos or video with your petition. Completed forms with supportive data can be emailed to boardofreview@pottco.org or mailed to PO Box 1076, Council Bluffs, IA 51502. If the Board of Review needs additional information, a representative from the Assessor’s office will contact you.
The formal appeal period has been extended and will now be April 2-June 5.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adapt to this ever changing environment.

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The Assessor's Office will be open to the public starting June 8, 2020.


APRIL 6, 2020
Iowa Assessors recently mailed assessment rolls to any property owner who had changes to their 2020 assessed valuations. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, an official state order gives property owners who disagree with property values additional time to petition to their local board of review. Iowa State Association of Assessors President Dixie Saunders recently notified assessors that the deadline to file an assessment appeal has been extended until June 5th. The regular appeal deadline is April 30th.

The Board of Review is an independent board made up of appointed private citizens who meet for the purpose of hearing protests to assessed values. After reviewing the information provided by the property owner and the assessor’s office, the board acts to either change the assessed value or leave it intact.

Saunders explained, “Current assessed values are effective January 1, 2020. Conditions affecting assessed values after the first of this year will be reflected on the 2021 assessment rolls. Over the coming months, assessors will be monitoring sale prices of properties in their respective jurisdictions. If COVID-19 or other economic conditions affect overall market values, next year’s assessed value will change accordingly.”

Anyone who disagrees with their assessed value has two options available at this time. The first option involves calling the local assessor’s office to request an “Informal Review”. This year, the deadline is April 27. The second option is to file a formal appeal with the Board of Review by June 5th. Contact information for assessors and the form titled “Disaster Counties Petition to Local Board of Review” can be accessed at www.Iowa-Assessors.org.

Saunders noted, “While many county offices are closed to the public, most are still effectively conducting business via phone, mail and email. I would encourage people to shelter at home and contact your local assessor with any concerns.”


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Upcoming Important Dates

APRIL 2-JUNE 5
Protest of assessment period for filing with Board of Review

MAY 1-ADJOURNMENT
Board of Review meets each year

JULY 1
Homestead Credit, Disabled Veteran Homestead Credit, Military Exemption, and Business Property Tax Credit Sign-Up Deadline

NOVEMBER 1
Family Farm Tax Credit Sign-Up Deadline

FEBRUARY 1
Exempt Property (Religious, Literary, Charitable), Forest Reserve/Fruit Tree Exemption, Native Prairie/Wetlands Exemption, and Urban Revitalization Sign-Up Deadline

APRIL 1
2020 Assessment Notice to be delivered to taxpayer if assessed value has been changed

APRIL 2-25
Taxpayer may inquire about their assessment, and may also request an informal review of the assessment by the assessor under one or more of the grounds for protest

Pottawattamie County
Assessor
Penny Ravlin

Chief Deputy Assessor
Joe Casson

Deputy Assessor
Kevin Kreimeyer

Assessor's Office

Pottawattamie County
Courthouse, 2nd Floor
227 S. 6th St
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1076
Council Bluffs, IA 51502

Phone: (712) 328-5617

assessor@pottco.org

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm