Cherokee County Assessors Office is looking for a
candidate to fill a posistion on the Cherokee County Board of
Review. The Board of Review meets annually to review assessment
appeals during the month of May & June. Rare occasions may
require the months of October and Novemeber.
Board of Review member summary:
Members are appointed by the Cherokee County Confrence Board to
a six year term. Duties include, but are not limited to;
conducting hearings, propery inspections and acting on the
assessment appeals as needed on an annual basis.
Compensastion: Per Diem
Prefered Credentials: Iowa code requires the Board of Review to
generally consist of persons with real estate, farming,
constructions, or architectural backrounds. Familiarity with
Iowa assessment laws is also helpful. Iowa law strives for
gender balance for such boards.
Intrested persons should mail or bring a letter of intrest in
serving on the Cherokee County Board of Review to the Cherokee
County Assessors office:
Letters of intrest must be received by January 20th 2016
What are the Assessor's duties?
The Assessor is charged with several administrative and statutory duties; however, the primary duty and responsibility is to cause to be assessed all real property within their jurisdiction except that which is otherwise provided by law. This would include residential,
multi-residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural classes of property. Real property is revalued every two years. The effective date of the assessment is January First of the current year. The assessor determines a full or partial value of new construction, or improvements depending upon the state of completion as of January First.
General Misconceptions About the Assessor's Work:
The Assessor does not:
determine tax rate
set policy for the Board of Review
The Assessor is concerned with value, not taxes. Taxing jurisdictions such as schools, cities, and townships, adopt budgets after public hearings. This determines the tax levy, which is the rate of taxation required to raise the money budgeted. The taxes you pay are proportionate to the value of your property compared to the total value of the taxing district in which your property is located.
General Information About the Assessor:
Assessors are appointed to their positions by a Conference Board consisting of the members of the Board of Supervisors, the Mayors of all incorporated cities and a member from each school district within the jurisdiction.
A city with a population of ten thousand or more may elect to have their own assessor.
Assessors are required, by statute, to pass a state examination and complete a Continuing Education Program consisting of 150 hours of formal classroom instruction with 90 hours tested and a passing grade of 70% attained. The latter requirement must be met in order for the assessor to be reappointed to the position every six years.
The Deputy Assessor also must pass a state examination as well as successfully complete 90 hours of classroom instruction of which at least 60 hours are tested.
The Conference Board approves the assessor's budget and after a public hearing acts on adoption of same.
The assessor is limited, by statute, depending upon the value of the jurisdiction, to a levy limitation for his budget.
Click on one of the following links to learn more about the office of the assessor:
Market Value, Tax Levies and Assessed Values
Tax Credits and Exemptions
2015 Current Sales
520 W. Main St.
Cherokee, IA 51012
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Office Holder Name:
Assessor / Appraiser
Gregory J Zarr
Nancy A. Nelson
Real Estate Coordinator/Clerk
Iowa Department of Revenue
Statewide link to Assessorís websites
Iowa Department of Revenue
Property Tax Page
Other Related Links:
Assessors Appraisal Data