Iowa Property Rollback Sets The Stage For A Tax Hike

On October 26th, the Iowa Department of Revenue issued an Assessment Limitations Order, or “rollback,” on property values in Iowa. The Order adjusts the property values used by local governments to compute property taxes for agricultural, residential, commercial, and industrial property. The taxable value for residential property will be 52.8166% of the assessed value. This is an increase from the 2011 level of 50.7518%.

This will result in an increase to your residential property tax next September 1st if your assessment stays the same or increases unless the levy rates for the various taxing authorities (city, county, schools, community college, SECC, etc.) are lowered.

This increase to your taxable value will net the cities and the county millions of additional tax dollars. What they do with this money is being determined at this moment while the budgets for FY13-14 are being drawn up and the levy rates set. Let your voices be heard by your elected officials. Ask them if they will be lowering the levy rates based on the fact that residential taxable values will be going up due to the Rollback.

Don’t make your calls or send your letters next year when you tax bill arrives–it’s too late. The assessor merely determines the value of all of the property in the city/county. The budgets determine the levy rate you will be taxed at, and that process is going on right now. Contact your elected officials. They are the only people that have the power to raise or lower your taxes based on the budgets they approve.

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