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Polk County assessors recently mailed each resident updated property assessments. Polk County assessments increased an average of 7.45% to reflect real estate market values. Polk County assessors are independent of Cities and the Iowa Department of Revenue and perform an evaluation on odd-numbered years per State of Iowa law.
Please remember that your property assessment is not an indication of tax liability. It is an estimate of current market value based upon sales of real estate from the previous year (2020). Tax liability is calculated by the respective levying authorities and applied to the rollback assessed valuation. Property owners have the ability to appeal their assessment before the Polk County Board of Review. The typical filing dates for a protest are April 2 to April 30. The Polk County Board of Review has authorized the electronic filing of protests. Protests can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org; they can also be faxed to 515-286-3386. Protests submitted electronically are subject to the same deadlines as written requests.
The City of Pleasant Hill receives approximately one quarter per $1.00 of paid property taxes. The remainder of property tax revenue is paid to either Southeast Polk School District or Des Moines Public Schools, Polk County, Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines Area Community College, DART, Polk County Assessor, and Polk County Agriculture Extension.
To view frequently asked questions, including how an assessor values property, visit the Iowa Department of Revenue website.