Assessor

Lois Heckethorn
County Assessor

Rhonda Norton
Field Appraiser

The County Assessor’s Office is located in the lower level of the Courthouse.

The Assessor’s office is charged with numerous responsibilities, both administrative and statutory. Our primary duty is to make sure all real property within our jurisdiction is assessed except where the law provides otherwise. This includes residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural property. Real property is revalued every two years. The effective date of the assessment is the first day of January of the current year. The assessor determines either a full or partial value for new construction and improvements depending upon the state of completion on January 1st.

The County Assessor is appointed to their position by a conference board consisting of the members of the Board of Supervisors, the Mayors of all incorporated cities, and a member from each school district within the jurisdiction provided they live in the jurisdiction. The assessor is required, by statute, to pass a state examination and complete a continuing education program consisting of 150 hours of formal classroom instruction with 90 hours tested and 60 hours non-tested to be completed for each six-year term.

Public Notification – April 7, 2020

On April 1, 2020, Kraig Paulsen, Director Iowa Department of Revenue, issued Order 2020-02 Granting Certain Extension Under Iowa Code Sect. 441.37(1)(a)(1) due to declaration of disaster.

Order 2020-02 was issued as a result of President Trump’s March 23, 2020 declaration that a major disaster exists in the State of Iowa and ordered Federal assistance to support recovery efforts in the areas affected by the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

Order 2020-02 issues two declarations:

  1. Extension of Board of Review Period – wherein the local Board of Review now has permission to remain in session until June 15, 2020.
  2. Extension of Time to File a Protest – wherein the deadline to file a protest against January 1, 2020 assessment values has been extended to June 5, 2020.

Please note:  Assessment value of a property after January 1, 2020, cannot be addressed by the local Board of Review until their next year’s session in May 2021.

Davis County’s assessor’s office is still currently open to the public.  However, it is recommended that the office be contacted by telephone (641-664-3101) or e-mail (assessor@daviscountyiowa.org) to follow distancing and sheltering guidelines.

Office Hours
Monday – Friday  8:00am – 4:00pm
641-664-3101

Email: assessor@daviscountyiowa.org

Links
Parcel Search
Residential Sale Search
Iowa State Association of Assessors
Property Tax Credits and Exemptions
Iowa Department of Revenue

General Misconceptions About the Assessor’s Work
The Assessor does not:

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

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