The Assessor in Clay County, Iowa has the primary duty and responsibility to cause to be assessed all real property within their jurisdiction.


  Clay County, Iowa - Assessor

What are the Assessor's duties?
The Assessor is charged with several administrative and statutory duties; however, 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, commercial, industrial and agricultural classes of property.

Real property is revalued every two years. The effective date of the assessment is January First 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 First.

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

The Assessor is concerned with value, not taxes. Taxing jurisdictions such as schools, cities, and townships, 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 proportionate to the value of your property compared to the total value of the taxing district in which your property is located.

General Information About the Assessor:
Assessors are appointed to their positions 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
A city with a population of ten thousand or more may elect to have their own assessor
Assessors are 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 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 Deputy Assessor also must pass a state examination as well as successfully complete 90 hours of classroom instruction of which at least 60 hours are tested
The Conference Board approves the assessor's budget and after a public hearing acts on adoption of same
The assessor is limited, by statute, depending upon the value of the jurisdiction, to a levy limitation for his budget

Click on one of the following links to learn more about the office of the assessor:

Market Value, Tax Levies and Assessed Values

Tax Credits and Exemptions 

John Lawson, Clay County Assessor
Office Holder Name:
John Lawson

Address of
Assessor's Office:
Clay County
Administration Building
300 W 4th St.
Spencer, Iowa 51301


Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M.


Phone Number:
(712) 262-1986

Fax Number:
(712) 262-5257


Employees in
Assessor's Office:
Deputy
Heidi Chapman


Office Clerical
Amy Kendall

Jami Grady


Assessor's Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Assessor's office


Assessor's Links:
Iowa State Association of Assessors

Iowa Department of Revenue

Property Assessment Appeal Board

Statewide link to Assessorís websites

Iowa Department of Revenue
Property Tax Page


Other Related Links:
Assessors Appraisal Data
 
             

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