Across Iowa, property taxes represent one of the most substantial tax burdens most individuals and businesses pay.
Over half of the property taxes paid statewide in Iowa will be for cities (29.06 percent) and counties (21.95 percent).
Using information from the Iowa Department of Management and the U.S. Census Bureau, TEF created scorecards by looking at the change in three measurements from Fiscal Year 2016 to Fiscal Year 2017.
Scoring was as follows for each category:
These scorecards are meant to provide objective data that is consistent among taxing authorities. TEF did not investigate the reason for a location’s rate or revenue change; circumstances vary from location to location.
We encourage you to use this information to ask questions and present concerns to your local elected officials.