Protest of Assessment
What do I do when I receive my assessment notice and I disagree with the assessed value?
If you disagree with the Assessor's estimate of value, please consider these two questions:
Any property owner or aggrieved taxpayer who is dissatisfied with the property assessment may contact the Assessor between April 1st - May 4 and request an informal assessment review. (Refer to Code of Iowa Section 441.30.)
In addition, the property owner or taxpayer may file a written protest against such assessment with the Board of Review on or after April 7, to and including May 5, of the year of the assessment. The property owner or aggrieved taxpayer may have an oral hearing if requested at the time of the filing the protest. (Refer to Code of Iowa Section 441.37.) Oral hearing dates will be set by the Board of Review.
Protests of Assessments to the Board of Review must be submitted between April 7th - May 5th to the Assessor's office to be considered timely filed. Protests must be postmarked or returned to the Assessor's Office by May 5th of the year of the protest. One form required per parcel being protested. The form must be printed and returned. You are not able to submit the form at this time from the website.
A property owner may petition the assessment, not property taxes.
In addition to the above, the property owner may protest annually to the Board of Review under the provisions of section 441.35, but such protest shall be in the same manner and upon the same terms as heretofore prescribed in this section.
The property owner or aggrieved taxpayer may combine on one form protests of assessment on parcels separately assessed if the same grounds are relied upon as the basis for protesting each separate assessment. If an oral hearing is requested on more than one of such protests, the person making the combined protests may request that the oral hearings be held consecutively.
In the event an assessment is increased by way of an "Equalization Order" from the Iowa Department of Revenue, property owners are also able to petition the increase in value. If an equalization is ordered the property owner may file a written appeal between October 16 and October 25.
An individual may petition to the Property Assessment Appeal Board if they are not satisfied with the Board of Review's decision. If dissatisfied with a Property Assessment Appeal Board decision, the decision may then be appealed to the district court. As in the past, a property owner may appeal the Board of Review's decision directly with the district court and forego filing with the Property Assessment Appeal Board.
|Wright County Board of Review Members|
The Wright County Board of Review is a 5-member citizen board appointed by the Conference Board composed of individuals from various areas of the county who are familiar with the local real estate market; construction materials, techniques, and cost; or have an agricultural background. The Board operates independently of the Assessor's Office and has the power to confirm, adjust upward, or adjust downward, any assessment in its jurisdiction.