POCAHONTAS COUNTY ASSESSOR
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About the Department
The assessor is charged with several administrative and statutory duties. The primary duty and responsibility is to cause to be assessed all real property within their jurisdiction except that which is otherwise provided by law. This would include: residential property, commercial property, industrial property & agricultural classes of property. The effective date of the assessment year is January 1st of the current year. The assessor determines a full or partial value of new construction, or improvements depending upon the state of completion as of January 1st.
Misconceptions of the Assessor's Office
The Assessor does NOT: collect taxes, calculate taxes, determine tax rates or set policy for the Board of Review.
- January 1 - Effective date of current assessment.
- April 2 thru April 30 inclusive - Protest of assessment period for filing with the local Board of Review.
- May 1 thru adjournment - Board of Review meets each year.
- October 16 thru October 25 inclusive - Protest period for filing with Board of Review on those properties affected by changes in value as a result of the Director
Exemptions & Credits
Iowa law provides for a number of exemptions and credits, including Homestead Credit and Military Exemption. It is the property owner’s responsibility to apply for these as provided by law. If the property you are occupying as a homestead is sold, or if you cease to use the property as a homestead you are required to report this to the assessor in whose jurisdiction the property is located.
For information on more Credits & Exemptions go to: http://www.iowa-assessors.org/
What is Market 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.
How does the Assessor estimate Market Value? To estimate the market value of your property, the Assessor generally uses three approaches:
- MARKET APPROACH - comparing properties that are comparable to yours which have sold recently.
- COST APPROACH – estimating the cost of what it would take to replace your property with one similar to it.
- INCOME APPROACH - an estimate of the income produced from the use of the property.
Why does the value change? State 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 your assessment.