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No, you only have to sign again for homestead if you move from the current home that has homestead into another home.
Your DD214 - discharge papers need to be recorded in our Recorder's Office, then sign the military exemption form in the Assessor's Office.
The assessor finds out these changes through building permits that are filed with the local city hall or the county and through property owners notifying us of an improvement.
According to State Law, foreclosures are not considered to be "good" sales and are not used to determine the assessed value. They are considered to be a "forced" sale, in which the bank was forced to sell the home. If the foreclosed property was not left in normal condition, you may consider notifying the Assessor's Office so that an appraiser may walk through the home to determine the value.
Several factors can change the value of your assessment. Home improvements, such as building a garage, building a deck, kitchen or bathroom remodeling, finishing the basement, etc., may change the assessed value of the home. Supply and demand may also change the value.
Market value of a property is an estimate of the price that it would sell for on the open market on January 1st of the year of assessment. This is sometimes referred to as the "arms length transaction" or "willing buyer/willing seller" concept.
See the How the Assessor Determines Market Value page for more information.
If you find that there are inaccuracies with your assessment, please contact the Assessor's Office at the Jasper County Courthouse. The assessor will review it and determine if the changes need to be made. An appraiser from the assessor's office may need to walk through the property to obtain accurate data.
The State of Iowa requires that all real property be reassessed every two years on the odd numbered year. At that time, studies of current market value, sales ratios and economic trends of the local market will determine whether your assessment should change. If your property has any other change it may be reassessed more often. For example, if you build a new garage, it will be assessed for the following year whether it is an odd number year or not.
No, the Assessor raises or lowers the values of property according to the market value of real estate or in the case of agricultural land, according to productivity and CSR.
Assessments are set January 1st of each year, while the tax levies (tax rates) on these assessments are not set until July of the following year. (Example, the assessment notices from April 2011 were for the January 1, 2011 assessment. Tax levies for these values will be set in June of 2012 based on what the different taxing authorities budget in March and April 2012 for the next fiscal year of July 2012 - June 2013.)
The taxing authorities you pay property taxes to are listed at the bottom of your tax statement each year, along with their budget information and a breakdown of how much you are paying to each taxing body.
If there is any change to the assessed value of your property, you will receive an assessment notice on or before April 15th of the year of the change. The taxes on the new assessment will not be reflected until September of the following year.
Before protesting your value, ask yourself these two questions:
After asking these questions, if you still do not agree, you are able to protest the value. Protest forms can be found on this website during protest times and are available at the Assessor's Office. Completed forms must be received in the Assessor's office starting April 16 up to and including May 5. The Board of Review will then review your assessment and determine whether the assessed value is fair. If, after review, you still do not agree with the assessed value, you may choose to appeal the case by filing in district court or with the Property Assessment Appeal Board.
Agricultural land and buildings are not assessed on market value. Corn Suitability Ratings (CSRs) are used to set agricultural land value along with productivity, which includes grain prices, yields, and land owners estimated expenses. This is done county wide on a five year average based on data from USDA and Iowa State University. For example, the years used for the 2011 assessment are 2005-2009. Based on this information, the Iowa Department of Revenue informs the counties what percentage adjustments are needed for agricultural land and buildings.
Possession of beer in a keg or any alcohol in a container larger than a quart is not allowed.
All pets much be on leashes no longer than six feet in length in all Jasper County Conservation parks and preserves.
Horseback riding is not currently allowed in any of the Jasper County Conservation areas.
The Jasper County Conservation Board charges $7/unit/night. A fee of $25 will be charged for scout and church group camping. Primitive camping with vault latrines are available at Ashton Wildwood Park and Mariposa Recreation Area.
No party may occupy any camp area for more than 14 days out of a 17 day period.
Fires may be built only in grills and fire rings provided by the Jasper County Conservation Board.
Weather permitting, Ashton is open year-round and Mariposa is open beginning April 1.
See a list of camping rules (PDF).
Jasper County Conservation does rent several pieces of equipment to help private landowners establish habitat on their own land. See our Equipment Rental Policy and information on our rental rates (PDF).
No, it is illegal to remove, injure, or destroy any tree, flower, shrub, plant or other vegetation, or any rock or mineral in any county owned areas. We do, however, permit the collection of fruits, nuts, berries, and mushrooms, as long as no damage is done to the parent plants.
No, the grasses and flowers in the ditches serve as wildlife habitat and enjoyment for travelers. The ditches and the plants contained in ditches are the property of the county.
The use of live minnows is prohibited.
No permanent blinds or tree stands are allowed. However stands or blinds that are portable, capable of being moved by one person from one location to another, capable of being removed daily, and ones that do not cause damage to any natural features are allowed.
We do not allow target or trap shooting on any of our areas.
Boats are allowed only at Ahrens Access of Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve. However, only electric (and not gas powered motors) are permissible.
Swimming is prohibited in all areas managed by the Jasper County Conservation Board.
All persons are required to vacate county areas between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. except in specific areas designated for overnight camping.
There are shelterhouses at Mariposa Recreation Area (1), Ashton Wildwood Park (2), Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve (2), Wagaman Mill (1), and Reimer Refuge (1).
Jasper County Conservation charges $25 to reserve a shelter - they are available on a first come basis. To arrangement to reserve a shelter, contact the Conservation Office by calling 641-792-9780.
Special events (weddings, family reunions, etc) will often require a Special Event Permit (PDF).
Find information about Cross Country Skiing in Jefferson County.
The Jasper County Conservation Board does not currently allow snowmobiles or ATVs in any of our areas.
Rabies is a disease that affects the brain and is caused by a virus. In humans rabies is always fatal.
Rabies is most commonly spread through the bite of an infected (rabid) animal. It is also possible to become infected if the saliva of the infected animal gets directly into an open cut or wound, the eyes, mouth, or nose.
Any mammal, wild or domestic can carry the rabies virus. Wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes are much more likely to carry rabies. However, pets or farm animals such as dogs, cats, cattle, or horses can pass rabies on to people as well.
To prevent the spread of rabies many pets such as dogs, cats, and ferrets are vaccinated for the disease. If there is ever a bite exposure it will be important to know the animal’s vaccination status.
Following any bite by a rabid animal it is important to immediately wash the area with soap and water. Jasper County Health Department recommends that you report the animal bite with Jasper County Humane Society Animal Control and then immediately contact your physician.
Yes. In fact most rabies cases today are caused by the rabies virus carried by bats. If you are bitten by a bat, wash the area and contact your doctor, as you would if bitten by any other animal. Whenever possible, the bat should be caught and sent to a laboratory for testing. The tricky part is that while most people know they have been bitten, in some cases bat bites may not be easily seen or felt. If you awaken to find a bat in your room, the room of an unattended child, a person who is mentally impaired, or an intoxicated person you should contact your doctor.
Learn more about what to do in situations involving bats visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Your doctor will work with you to determine your level of exposure and whether or not treatment will be needed. Your doctor will use tools and resources available through Jasper County Health Department and the Iowa Department of Public Health to help make this decision.
Both the Centers for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health are good sources of Rabies information.
State of Iowa Code, Chapter 351, Dogs and Other Animals
Jasper County Ordinance JC-44A (PDF)
911 is the number to call for emergencies (police, medical, fire). A 911 call goes over dedicated phone lines to the 911 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for the area the caller is calling from, and trained personnel then send the emergency help needed. The very first 911 service in the nation was implemented in Haleyville, Alabama in February of 1968.
The Jasper County Sheriff's Communications Center is able to communicate to the hearing/speech impaired by using a TTY/TDD interface. If a caller uses a TTY/TDD, the caller should stay calm, place the phone receiver in the TTY and dial 911. After the call is answered, press the TTY keys several times. This may help shorten the time necessary to respond to the call. Give the dispatcher a moment to respond. If necessary, press the TTY keys again. The Communications Specialist will answer and type "GA" for go ahead. Tell them what is needed; police, fire department, or ambulance. Give your name, address and phone number where help is needed. Stay on the telephone if it is safe to do so. Answer the Communications Specialists questions. If a deaf or hearing/speech impaired caller doesn't have a TTY/TDD, the caller should dial 911 and stay on the line. Not hanging up leaves the line open. The caller's address is displayed on the dispatcher's screen and help will be sent.
911 is only to be used in emergency situations. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from law enforcement, the fire department or an ambulance. If you are ever in doubt of whether a situation is an emergency you should call 911, it's better to be safe and let the 911 dispatcher determine if you need emergency assistance. If you call 911 by mistake, do not hang up. Tell the dispatcher what happened so they know it is not an emergency. If the dispatcher is unable to verify that no emergency exists, a Deputy/Officer will be sent to the location unnecessarily.
In an emergency, dial 911 on your phone. It's a free call. You can use any kind of phone: push button, rotary, cellular/wireless, cordless, or pay phone. When dialing from a cell/wireless phone many times you can be located using our Phase II mapping. Stay calm and state your emergency. Speak loudly and clearly. Give the 911 dispatcher your name, phone number and the address to ensure they know where help is needed. Answer the dispatcher's questions. Stay on the telephone as long as it's safe to do so, and don't hang up until the dispatcher tells you to.
Each household, cell phone, or business pays a small monthly fee for 911 services on each telephone line that appears on their phone bill. There is no per-call charge for calling 911.
It's a prank call when someone calls 911 for a joke or calls 911 and hangs up when no emergency exists. Prank calls not only waste time and money, but can also be dangerous. If 911 lines or dispatchers are busy with prank calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help they need. This is a crime and you could be charged with unlawful use of the 911 system.
By Code, we are allowed 30 days to approve/deny. Our office usually takes about 2 weeks to approve or deny permits to carry because we have so many.
Currently we are still printing the permit cards at our office, however, in the near future, the state will be printing all permits at a centralized location and they will arrive to applicant via mail.
We have plenty of applications at the Sheriff’s Office or you can print one from the link below, complete it and bring it to us, with your current photo ID and certification.
Permit to Carry Weapon
Permit to Acquire
Fill in application completely.
Include all aliases such as nicknames, maiden or prior married names.
Currently we are still printing the permit cards at our office, however, in the near future, the state will be printing all permits at a centralized location.
NOTE: All fees are non-refundable as of July 1, 2017
The replacement plate cycle will start April 1, 2012 for the May 2013 registration renewal month.
You should recycle your old plate. You are not required to turn in the plates to the County Treasurer. The Vehicle system will record that new plates have been issued to a customer.
The background design will remain the same with the rural and city scene in the back ground. In July 2011 the numbers and letters on the plate changed from blue to black color. In November 2011 the zero was changed to a circle slash zero to assist law enforcement. Eventually, the letters on the plate will come before the numbers, for example: BBB111.
Due to the higher cost of mailing envelopes and packages from the postal service, the cost of mailing a set of plates has gone up slightly. The cost to mail a set of plates is going from $2.60 to $3. The cost of mailing a registration with a tag will remain $0.50.
If your plate is 10 years old or older you have no choice, the vehicle system is programmed to automatically issue a replacement plate.
If you choose to replace plates outside of your plate replacement period, you will be charged a $5 replacement plate fee. You will also need to turn in your old plates and current registration. If you do not have the current registration to turn in, a $3 replacement registration fee will be assessed.
The front of the renewal notice will have a ‘Y’ in the ‘Plates’ column field.
The U.S Senate Special Committee on Aging found that some organizations are misrepresenting themselves while helping veterans and survivors apply for Veterans Affairs (VA) pension. In a June 2012 hearing, the Committee addressed concerns that some organizations are marketing financial products and services to enable claimants whose assets exceed the VA pension program’s financial eligibility thresholds to qualify for VA pension benefits. The Committee also learned these organizations may charge substantial fees for products and services that may not always be in claimants’ best long-term interests. You can access a video of the hearing on the Committee’s website.
The U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report, Veterans’ Pension Benefits: Improvements Needed to Ensure Only Qualified Veterans and Survivors Receive Benefits, GAO-12-540. GAO found that:
An individual generally must first be accredited by Veterans Affairs (VA) to assist a claimant in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of a claim for VA benefits-even without charge. VA accredits three types of individuals for this purpose:
A searchable list of accredited representatives, agents, and attorneys is available at the VA Office of the General Counsel website.
VA accreditation, which is for the sole and limited purpose of preparing, presenting, and prosecuting claims before VA, is necessary to ensure that claimants for VA benefits have responsible, qualified representation. VA regulations allow a one-time exception to this general rule, which allows VA to authorize a person to prepare, present, and prosecute one claim without accreditation. The assistance must be without cost to the claimant, is subject to the laws governing representation, and may not be used to evade the accreditation requirements. Preparation and presentation of a VA claim includes, among other things, gathering the information necessary to file a claim for benefits, completing claim applications, submitting claim information to VA, and communicating with VA on behalf of a claimant.
A VA-accredited attorney or claims agent, who is also a financial planner, may assist a claimant with a claim for Aid and Attendance. However, financial planners may not use their VA accreditation for the purpose of promoting or selling financial products. If VA determines that an accredited attorney or agent is using VA accreditation for an improper purpose, VA may suspend or cancel the individual’s accreditation.
No. An accredited attorney or claims agent may generally charge claimants a fee only after an agency of original jurisdiction (e.g., a VA regional office) has issued a decision on a claim, a notice of disagreement has been filed, and the attorney or agent has filed a power of attorney and a fee agreement with Veteran Affairs (VA). An exception applies when an accredited attorney or claims agent receives a fee or salary from a disinterested third party. A third party is considered disinterested only if the entity or individual would not benefit financially from the successful outcome of the claim.
We note that some individuals charge a pre-filing “consultation” fee to inform a Veteran or survivor about VA benefits that may be available to them. In certain states, a license to practice law may be required to provide and charge a fee for such “consultations,” which may be considered giving legal advice.
No. Such promises are patently misleading because Veteran Affairs (VA) is ultimately the adjudicator of claims for VA benefits. If VA determines that an accredited attorney or agent has misled or deceived a claimant regarding benefits or other rights under programs administered by VA, they may suspend or cancel the individual’s accreditation.