Buchanan County Assessor

Assessor Responsibilities

The Buchanan County Assessor is charged with several administrative and statutory duties. The Assessor's primary duty and responsibility is to assess all real property, which includes residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural classes of property, within its jurisdiction except that which is otherwise provided by law. Real property is revalued every two years. The effective date of the assessment is January 1st 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 1st.

The Buchanan County Assessor is appointed by the Buchanan County Conference Board consisting of the members of the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors, the mayors of all incorporated cities within Buchanan County and a member from each school board within the county. 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 their budget

Brad Harms, Assessor
Brad Harms, 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 assessor does not collect taxes, calculate taxes, or determine the tax rate. The assessor is concerned with value, not taxes. 

Our office is located:   Lower Level of the Courthouse - 210 5th Ave NE, Independence, Iowa  50644

Phone:  (319) 334-2706
Fax:  (319) 334-7451
Email:  assessor@co.buchanan.ia.us