Each year property taxes are certified in July or August and collected in two equal installments; Interest begins the first business day after the installment due date. Note: If the due date falls on a weekend, the deadline will extend to the next business day.
There are several ways to make property tax payments.
When paying by mail or drop box, always use a check. If paying in person at the office or online, the following service delivery fees apply.
|Type||At the counter||Online|
|Cash||No Fee||Not Accepted|
|Check/E-check||No Fee||$0.40 cents per transaction.|
|Credit Card||2.25% plus $1.50 per transaction.||2.25% plus $1.50 per transaction.|
|Debit Card||$2.00 per transaction.||Not Accepted|
Delinquent taxes are published in June and subject to the annual tax sale on the third Monday of June when a tax sale certificate is issued to the purchaser. If the taxes are not purchased after two publications, a tax sale certificate is issued to Scott County. If the taxes are redeemed within a given period of time the certificate holder will be given deed to the property. Properties taken this way by the County are usually sold at an auction.
Claims for Iowa Disabled and Senior Citizens Property Tax and Mobile Home Tax Credits are filed with the Treasurer's Office by June 1st of each year. The State of Iowa then reimburses these credits to the County Treasurer along with the homestead, agricultural land, machinery and computer, family farm, and military credits, which are applied for through the Assessor's offices.