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Nick Van Camp
Assessor
600 W. 4th Street
Davenport, IA 52801
Phone:
563-326-8659
Fax:
563-328-3206
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Assessment Notice – Appeals Process

We are required to send out change of value notices by April 1st of every year. Property owners have the right to appeal their value every year. There are two options to appeal your value.

  • Between April 2 – 25 we can do what is called an informal appeal. This involves meeting with your assessor and discussing your value concerns. If an agreement can be reached on a new value, you can sign an agreement with the assessor to make that change.
  • Between April 2 -30 you can file a petition to the Board of Review. Per Iowa Code 441.37, if your county has been declared a disaster by the federal government between March 1 – May 20, the filing period is extended until June 5th.

This year, due to the concerns over COVID-19, many offices may be closed during this time. Even if offices are open, the CDC and Iowa Department of Health are recommending limited access to events and meetings that require personal contact to protect your health. To limit the amount of exposure and to allow your right to protest your value, we want to provide you with these alternatives.

Board of Review session starts on May 1st and must be completed by May 31st. If your county has been declared a disaster, the session can extend until June 15th.   These meetings are required to be open meetings.  Due to the need for limited contact, electronic meetings, such as by telephone, may be held when a meeting in person is impossible or impractical.

 

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Iowa State Association of Assessors (Click here to view)

The assessor is charged with several administrative and statutory duties. The primary duty and responsibility is to make sure all real property within the assessor's jurisdiction is assessed except where the law provides otherwise. This includes residential, multi-residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural classes of property.

Real property is revalued every two years. The effective date of the assessment is the first of January of the current year. The Assessor determines either a full or partial value for new construction and improvements depending upon their state of completion on January 1st.

The City Assessor's Office serves all of the City of Davenport. Both County and City Assessors are located on the fifth floor of the Scott County Administrative Center.

General Information

Assessors are appointed to their position by a Conference Board consisting of the members of the Board of Supervisors, the City of Davenport Council and members from each school district within the jurisdiction. A city with a population of ten thousand or more may elect to have their own assessor. This is the case with the City of Davenport.

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 the adoption of same. The Assessor is limited, by statute, depending upon the value of his or her jurisdiction, to a levy limitation for his or her budget.

General Misconceptions

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 school, cities and counties, 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.