The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

April 2, 2013

Assessed values increase

CLINTON — Property owners of agricultural land and DeWitt residences will experience increases in the assessed value of their property for the 2013 assessment year.

Clinton County will see an overall increase of almost 54 percent for agricultural land and buildings, according to County Assessor Roland Ehm. He told the Board of Supervisors on Monday that agriculture assessed values are increasing across Iowa, as calculated by the Iowa Department of Revenue. The state average is at 41 percent increase.

While the assessed value is increasing 53.86 percent, the impact on tax bills will be significantly lower due to the rollback factor calculated by the Iowa Department of Revenue. Ehm said it is estimated the rollback factor will be 45 percent for farm land and buildings. This would set the taxable value for the 2013 assessment on these properties at an 18 percent increase.

“Meaning that it brings the value of the land in to play, but yet it’s not so bad that you’re going to have to sell your farm to pay your taxes,” Supervisor Jill Davisson said.

Ehm told the board it might want to look at the total taxes levied next year during budget time and try to drop the tax rates so that it even has less of an impact.

The county will also see an increase in DeWitt residential property. By state guidelines, assessed values are supposed to average between 95 and 100 percent of market value. Ehm said the county-wide average is approximately 94 percent, with many of the small communities and Camanche being at slightly more than 100 percent.

The assessed value of DeWitt properties are currently 90 percent of market value. Ehm said if he did not change DeWitt’s assessed value, every residential property outside city limits of Clinton would be increased 6 percent, including farm houses. He added this would make the value for Camanche and the other small towns too high. Instead, DeWitt residential properties will increase by nine percent in assessed value.

Ehm stressed these changes will not be on a person’s tax bill until August 2014. He does plan to send notices of the increase to DeWitt residential property owners.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Dutch Days grand marshals Fulton couple honored as grand marshals

    Bob and Trudy Feldt have been dedicated to the city of Fulton for decades. Whether it be Trudy's 27-year commitment to teaching the children of the community at the River Bend School District, Bob's 33-year career with the Fulton-born c

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire alarm evacuation at Eagle Heights

    Students of Eagle Heights Elementary School were evacuated Thursday afternoon after staff smelled something being emitted in the first-grade hallway and main office areas.

    According to a press release from the Clinton Community School District, staff noticed the smell at approximately 1:10 p.m. It was then determined the fire department should be notified, and the fire alarm was pulled. The building was evacuated quickly and the Clinton Fire Department responded immediately.

    April 17, 2014

  • JUST IN: McColley found not guilty of sex abuse

    A Clinton County jury today found Russell McColley, 39, not guilty of second-degree sexual abuse.

    McColley was accused of abusing a 3-year-old girl on July 29, 2013. If convicted of the class B felony, he could have faced as much as 25 years in prison.

    April 17, 2014

  • Court denies man's appeal in robbery CLINTON -- The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld a conviction of a man who robbed a Clinton pawn shop in 2012. Darrell L. Thomas recently appealed his first-degree robbery conviction to the Iowa Court of Appeals. The court released its decision Wednes

    April 17, 2014

  • CCDA will match funds to secure van

    CLINTON -- One local non-profit organization soon will benefit from a donation from the Clinton County Development Association but it's not their typical form of grant giving. During a meeting Wednesday, CCDA members discussed the possibility of matc

    April 17, 2014

  • Jury deliberating in sex abuse case CLINTON -- Jurors were set to return to court this morning to continue deliberating on the trial of a man accused of sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl. The jury deliberated for more than two hours on the Russell McColley case Wednesday afternoon, be

    April 17, 2014

  • City considers upsizing storm sewer capacity CAMANCHE -- Residential development is a key component to the fortitude of Camanche, according to city leaders so they are taking the steps necessary to keep it an appealing location for future investors. To do so, those leaders are looking to up siz

    April 16, 2014

  • Schools will continue sports-sharing agreements CLINTON -- Students attending Camanche, Central DeWitt, Northeast and Prince of Peace schools still will be able to participate in the athletic programs offered in the Clinton School District. At a meeting Monday, Clinton School Board members approve

    April 16, 2014

  • Sex abuse trial continues CLINTON -- Assistant County Attorney Ross Barlow began his case Tuesday against a man charged with sexual abuse of a 3-year-old girl. Russell McColley, 39, is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, a class B felony carrying as much as 25 years in

    April 16, 2014

  • Cattail Slough closed due to high water FULTON, Ill. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces that Cattail Slough recreation area south of Fulton has been closed due to high water levels. The recreation area will remain closed until it has dried out sufficie

    April 16, 2014

Facebook
Clinton
Camanche
Fulton
Clinton Herald photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.