Board of Review: Appealing Your Assessment

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  • April 2 - 25 (Informal Review): If you are not satisfied with the assessment for your property, you can request an informal assessment review with the Ames City Assessor's Office. If an agreement is reached between you and the office, you can avoid having to file a petition with the Ames Board of Review.
  • April 2 - 30 (Ames Board of Review): A property owner may appeal the assessment on their property by filing a petition with the Ames Board of Review.

    2019 Board of Review Petition and Instructions (City of Ames Properties Only)

    • Please print and read all 9 pages of the PDF.
    • Petition form can be filled in on screen and then printed.
    • Before submitting your petition to our office, please double check that it is complete.
    • Electronic submission of petitions is NOT accepted by Ames City Board of Review.
    • Appeals must be confined to the grounds specified in the Iowa Code.
    • Appeals must be in writing. The Ames Board of Review prefers that protests be filed on the petition form supplied by the Ames City Assessor's Office. It is also advantageous for the appellant that requests an oral hearing to use this form, because it allows the Assessor's Office to email the appellant their hearing date when it is made official.
  • The amount of the property taxes due and/or the ability of the owner to pay are not valid reasons or grounds for appeal.
  • According to state law, assessment values must be mailed out annually on or before April 1st.
  • Not everyone in the City of Ames received a new assessment for 2019.

    Agendas & Minutes: Board of Review
    City of Ames Assessment Appeal Information
    Iowa Code Relating to Assessment Appeals
    Members: Board of Review

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