How to protest your Valuation
Anytime during the year the Bremer County Assessor’s Office is happy to answer a property owner’s questions and concerns in regard to their property. A request can be made to physically review the property for the current assessment year and an office representative will stop when working in the area or by appointment (We will have an issued Bremer County ID & Bremer County vehicle).
Assessment notices are required by Iowa Code 441.23 to be mailed by April 1st for any valuation or classification changes to a property for the current assessment year. After April 1st a property valuation for the current assessment year of January 1st cannot be made unless an owner requests either:
c.) A Disaster Counties Petition to the Board of Review pursuant to Iowa Code 441.37(1)(a)(a). The time frame to file a protest is extended to include the period May 25th to June 5th if declared after March 1st and prior to May 20th of assessment year. (Applies to Bremer County 2020, see below)
A property owner can obtain a petition to the Board of Review from the:
The Board of Review is composed of three members from various occupations and areas of the assessing jurisdiction appointed by the Conference Board. The Board operates independently of the Assessor's office and has the power to confirm or to adjust upward or downward any assessment. (See Rules of Procedure)
If you are not satisfied with the decision of the Board of Review you may appeal to district court or Property Assessment Appeals Board (PAAB) within twenty days after adjournment of said Board, or twenty days after May 31st, whichever is the latest. Forms to PAAB can be found: https://paab.iowa.gov/
***Declaration of Disaster 4-1-2020 Iowa Department of Revenue
Order 2020-02 Granting Certain Extensions Under Iowa Code Section 441.37(1)(a)(1)
On March 23, 2020, President Donald Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the state of Iowa and ordered Federal assistance to support recovery efforts in the areas affected by the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. As a result, pursuant to Iowa Code section 441.37(1)(a)(1), the Director of the Department of Revenue hereby issues the following Order:
A. Extension of Board of Review Period
B. Extension of Time to File a Protest
The period for filing a protest with the Board of Review under Iowa Code section 441.37 is hereby extended to, and includes the period from May 25, 2020 to June 5, 2020.