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Welcome to Worth County, Iowa

Worth County, Iowa
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Assessor

Daniel L. Reeder

1000 Central Ave
Northwood, IA 50459
email: Worth County Assessor
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 AM - 4 PM
Phone: (641)324-1198
Fax: (641)324-3685


Appraisal Clerk: Joan Peterson




Joan Vorland





Appraisal Clerk: Joan Vorland

Our 2006 Sales Report , 2007 Sales Report , 2008 Sales Report , 2009 Sales Report , 2010 Sales Report  and 2011 Sales Report are available (as a PDF File) online for your convenience. 

Click here to access the Worth County Property Assessment Webservice

 If you are requesting a copy of a property record card please refer to the Code no. in the first column of our report.

 

Duties & Responsibilities

The Assessor is charged with several administrative and statutory duties. The primary duty and responsibility is to assess all real property within the Assessor's jurisdiction except that which is otherwise provided by law. This would include residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural classes of property.

Real property is revalued every two years. The effective date of the assessment is January first of each year. The Assessor determines a full or partial value for all new construction and improvements depending upon their state of completion as of that January first date.

GENERAL MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE ASSESSOR'S DUTIES

The Assessor DOES NOT:

  •   Collect taxes
  •   Calculate taxes
  •   Determine tax rate
  •   Set policy for the Board of Review

The Assessor is concerned with value, not taxes. Taxing jurisdictions such as schools, cities and county, adopt budgets after public hearings. This determines the tax levy, which is the rate of taxation required to raise the money budgeted.

The taxes you pay are proportional to the value of your property compared to the total value of property in your taxing district. 
 

About the Assessor

Assessors are appointed to their position by a Conference Board consisting of the members of the Board of Supervisors, the Mayors of all the incorporated cities, and a member of each school district within the jurisdiction. A city with a population of 10,000 or more may elect to have their own assessor. In cities having an assessor the conference board shall consist of the members of the city council, school board and county board of supervisors.

Assessors are required by law to pass a state examination and complete a continuing education program consisting of 150 hours of formal classroom instruction with 90 hours tested and a passing grade of 70% attained. The latter requirement must be met in order for the Assessor to be reappointed to the position every six years.

The Conference Board approves the Assessor's budget and after a public hearing acts on adoption of the same. The Assessor is limited, by statute, depending upon the value of the jurisdiction, to a levy limitation for the budget.
 

Market Value

Residential, commercial and industrial real property are assessed at 100% market value. Market value of a property is an estimate of the price that it would sell for on the open market on the first day of January of the year of assessment. This is often referred to as the "arms length transaction" or "willing buyer/willing seller" concept. The Assessor must determine the fair market value of real property.

 

Why Values Change

After properties have been appraised, the values are analyzed to ensure accurate and equitable assessments. Iowa law requires that all real property be reassessed every two years. The current law requires the reassessment to occur in odd numbered years. 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 property assessments.

 

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Worth County Courthouse and Treasurer's annex hours are Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm except on designated holidays.

The Courthouse is located at 1000 Central Ave Northwood IA 50459 Worth County Courthouse
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