Why were special assessment statements mailed to me?

Special assessments are taxes due for public improvements such as the paving of streets, installation of new sewer systems, drainage systems, or sidewalks. Special assessments may also be assessed for delinquent water or solid waste/recycling bills. Counties may send a separate tax statement for special assessments due against a property. The special assessment notice mailed indicates the type of special assessment and how much is owed. In most instances special assessments are due with the first installment of property tax in September.

The rates or charges for the services of sewer systems, sewage treatment, solid waste collection, water, disposal, storm water drainage systems, city utility or enterprise charges are a lien on the property receiving services once they are certified to the County Treasurer if they are not paid to the city as provided by ordinance of city council or resolution of the trustees. A lien on the property has equal precedence with ordinary taxes and may be certified to the County Treasurer and collected in the same manner as taxes. This lien is not divested by a judicial sale.  For more information on this, please refer to Iowa Code 384.67, 384.84, 362.2(2), 331.553.4

Notice: Mortgage or escrow Companies are not responsible or liable to cover special assessments. Confirm with your Mortgage/Escrow company to confirm who will be responsible.

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1. Where can I get the latest information or tax statement for my property?
2. When are my property tax payments due?
3. Whom should I contact if my mailing address changes or I have a name change?
4. I just purchased this property and I am now being told that I am responsible for the full years taxes, how can this be?
5. What should I do if I receive a tax statement on a home I recently sold? Am I responsible for the taxes on the sold property?
6. What happens if my taxes are not paid by the due date?
7. Why am I getting this tax statement when my mortgage company pays my taxes or I set up an auto-pay option??
8. Why were special assessment statements mailed to me?
9. What is tax suspension? Can my property taxes be suspended?
10. Is there any type of credit or help available for elderly, disabled, or low-income property owners?
11. Is there any type of credit or help available for low-income mobile home or manufactured home property owners?
12. What forms of payment are accepted?