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Officials in Cerro Gordo county coming to inspect houses for appraisal


This news story was published on May 25, 2016.
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Cerro Gordo County Courthouse INSET: City Assessor Dana Naumann

Cerro Gordo County Courthouse INSET: City Assessor Dana Naumann

MASON CITY – Mason City Assessor Dana Naumann and County Assessor John Boedeker have announced door-to-door inspections of all residential properties in Mason City and Cerro Gordo County will begin approximately June 1, 2016.

A reappraisal program was approved by the Conference Boards in 2013.  The Conference Board is made up of three entities: The entire City Council and Mayor; the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors; and the Mason City School Board.  The $1 million project cost the average Mason city taxpayer $55 over the course of 5 years, funded by new taxes for Mason City property owners under the City Assessor.

“When I was hired, this was already a project they (the Conference Board) wanted to undertake,” Naumann told NIT back in January of 2013. “It needs to get done, in the interest of fair taxing for property owners. Some are paying too much, some are paying too little.”

Once the project is complete, Naumann explained, the other three taxing entities involved (Council and Mayor; Supervisors and the Mason City School Board) “should have more property value to levy against.”

The purpose of the reappraisal program is to equalize property assessments so that each taxpayer is responsible for paying only his/her fair share of the property tax burden. Periodic inspections and reappraisal of properties is necessary as all types of properties do not increase or decrease in value at the same rate. Some properties physically deteriorate faster than others, and in many instances similar buildings located in different areas of the county will differ greatly in value due to economic factors.

Data collectors with photo ID signed by the assessor will make interior and exterior inspections of all residential properties. They will be compiling information to be used to estimate the fair market value of each property. Information to be collected includes type of construction, type of interior finish, physical condition of the property, age of structures and exterior measurements. A complete sales analysis, local construction costs and economic conditions are also considered. No estimate of value will be given at the time of inspection.

Property owners are asked to cooperate by allowing a complete inspection of their property and providing accurate information so that a fair and equitable assessment may be determined for each property.

The preliminary data collection process will begin in June 2016. The project is scheduled for completion December 31, 2017.

Notice of final value estimates will be mailed to each property owner after January 1, 2018. The property owners will have an opportunity to meet informally to discuss their revaluation in the spring of 2018.

The new assessed values will be effective for January 1, 2018, for taxes payable in fiscal 2019-2020.

Representatives of Vanguard Appraisals, Inc. in conjunction with the Mason City Assessor and Cerro Gordo County Assessor’s Office will be conducting this project.
All law enforcement agencies as well as the Mason City Assessor and Cerro Gordo County Assessor’s Office will be apprised of the areas where data collectors are working. They will also have a listing of all names and license plate numbers of anyone involved in the project.

If any property owner has questions regarding the reappraisal project, they are urged to contact the Mason City Assessor’s Office at 641-421-3061 or the Cerro Gordo County Assessor’s Office at 641-421-3065.

Naumann, Danielle COMING TO YOUR HOUSE

Naumann, Danielle COMING TO YOUR HOUSE

John Boedeker COMING TO YOUR HOUSE

John Boedeker
COMING TO YOUR HOUSE

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50 Responses to Officials in Cerro Gordo county coming to inspect houses for appraisal

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 27, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    There is no need to enter the dwelling on a property in order for the county tax assessment to occur. You pay taxes on your property, not the value of your home. If you feel the external assessment is wrong you can always ask for a walk thru but the interior of your home is not how the county decides how much you pay in taxes so there is absolutely no need for them to enter your house. Plus, why isn’t this being talked about from other news sources?? You can hardly call an article from 3 years ago a piece of solid evidence. And it’s NIT, not exactly your most credible news source…

    • Matt Marquardt

      Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      May 27, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      The other news sources are corrupt. They didn’t cover the board meeting at all. As far as your opinion about the credibility of NIT, you’re entitled to it, just as you are entitled to sneak around using an anonymous name. Thanks for reading NIT (again) today. And tomorrow.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 27, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    DANA Nauman is coming to your house. NOT DANIELLE Nauman. (as your pic shows) der…You might want to get your names straight.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 27, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Pubic servants are not the friend of the working class – they have their own class and your not included.

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    I Should Know Reply Report comment

    May 26, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Your property already has a value assigned by the assessor. It was probably assigned decades ago. It has also been periodically adjusted to reflect the local market changes. They are merely checking to ensure that the value is accurate and is close to actual market value.

    Sure, you can deny them access to your property. They will still assign a value based on their external observations. You may or may not like it. If you challenge the value, the burden is on you to prove it’s less.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 26, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    No no no no no no no no no. Just because you people are stupid. And don’t know how to do you job. You should guit and find another job you can handle . Read. The Constitution of the United States of America

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 26, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    You better read the Constitution of the United States of America.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 26, 2016 at 10:06 am

    It is up to us to vote these people out of office!!
    Spread the word and let’s send a message!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 26, 2016 at 8:43 am

    This is the NWO – Raise taxes INSTEAD OF CUTTING OVERHEAD – porkbarrel projects and pork belly reps. Pubic employees need more money – NO PROBLEM RAISE PROPERTY TAXES – Chicken shits won’t cut overhead because their sold out to the Unions and pansy azzes.

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      Ralph Reply Report comment

      May 26, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Ever stop to think that those “union govt employees” are tax payers too. They pay the same rate as you. If you think that if the govt will cut back on services so your taxes will go down your mistaken. They’ll cut a service but your taxes won’t go away or down.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Take a look around the table in this article. You have our Mayor, enough said, Tornquist who bailed, an ex Supervisor and Urdahl & Dougherty -whom are both up for election this year.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 26, 2016 at 6:54 am

      The same guys that try and justify while saying they are “holding our tax levy”??
      This is how they do it. Hold the levy but raise your property taxes.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Don’t they do backgrounds on these people?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    We already pay too much for property taxes, they won’t let new businesses in our area to help support our city, oh let’s build another hotel.

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    IowaBoy Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Nauman was arrested for beating up her husband! A Drunk and an Abuser… LOL

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    John Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Thinking about calling the Acme Company and getting some artificial black mold spray, some stink bombs, a box of about 5,000 ants or spiders, maybe both. Some artificial water spot spray for the ceiling, artificial rust spray for the tub and shower, little things like that. Let them do the inspection, then follow up with Acme pest control and Serve Pro restoration services, I will be money ahead. Sounds like a plan to me.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    OMG. This is hilarious!!! Two mugshots of county employees, boedker was nailed on state street for OWI blew a .2, not sure what the female did, hard to believe we pay these clowns to work for us.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Chill out, people.

    You are correct–this outside firm and/or the assessors need permission to enter your property.

    However, if you don’t give permission they will stand on the sidewalk/road and estimate. My experience was that they estimate HIGH. My value went down the next year when I let them walk through. The whole point of this project, according to the release, is to get all properties on an even level. The elected officials determine the taxes.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Nice mugshots! Not to keen on Rocky and Otis coming around the neighborhood. Wonder if we should call crime stoppers if we see them in the area?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 26, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      just hide your pot / drugs and buy some Fabreeze….

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Trump would never let this happen in AMERICA.!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Seezwhat you getz when you turn down the NWO piggy factory. TRUMP 2016

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    This company city officals need a court order signed by a judge to enter your home – slimeballs.

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    mndot Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Bring your whiskey glasses if you come to my door and we will sit and have a few shots, hopefully your eyes are a little fuzzy.

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    IowaBoy Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Didn’t they just do re-appraisals last year? Mine went up and I appealed it and they lowered it some. I really don’t think I would let them in my home.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Mason City seems to be full of paranoia. Chill out.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 25, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Agreed! They’re inspecting RENTAL properties. They need ‘permission’ from the owner, not the tenant.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 25, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Do you really blame them? They’ve all been screwed from every which way!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Just chatted with a civil rights attorney from Des Moines – 1ST of all buy NO TRESPASSING sign (s) and put thems up on your property – only way someone can trespass is with a judge ordered warrant -so make this company get a warrant for each property or apt.rental unit – as for signing a release with your landlord to let a private company into your rented home -you do not have to sign and if he threatens you with eviction SUE HIM.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Cockadoo is a pubic servant -slimeball

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

    It is like a traffic stop -you do not have to say a word and you do not have to give them permission to search your car. Also they installed road sensors between Mason City and Manly last sunday evening between 10 pm and sunrise. Nothing like being sneaky in the dark? Spies and lies.

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      younghee Reply Report comment

      May 25, 2016 at 11:36 am

      They were out again last night. Digging up road, this morning all patched up, patches the size of coffins.

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    the real fred Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Won’t be allowed in my house.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Trump protestors and NOT ANTI TRUMP ! they are ANTI AMERICAN !!!!!

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    Sad But True Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 7:44 am

    nice to see the mason city school board has so much say in what taxes you pay. NO amount of money is enough for them

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      Reality Check Reply Report comment

      May 25, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      That’s the bottom line SBT. It’s all about generating more funds for the schools with minimal (if any) increases for any other public service.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 7:37 am

    HILLARYS SLIMEBALL puppets. JUST TELL THEM NO ! TRUMP 2016 !!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 7:34 am

    YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LET THESE PEOPLE IN YOUR HOUSE !!! Tell them to get a SEARCH WARRANT . This IS NOT LAWFULL and they have no authority to come into your private dwelling without a SEARCH WARRANT. TELL THEM NO. and SUE THEM IF THEY ENTER WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION. Again – this is not lawful and they know it. TRUMP 2016 !!!

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    Sad But True Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 7:33 am

    I would not and will not let ANY government official in my home. I would not trust ANY of them.
    Nothing more than a attempt to raise already inflated taxes

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    J H Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 7:04 am

    This will be a huge issue for rental properties. Tenants must be given a 24 hour notice prior to any non emergency entry of their home. Most would never allow these folks immediate entry simply because they ask and have proper identification. This will be a huge battle to actually complete…

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Those pictures look like the background of “mugshots”, it’s just creepy.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 6:05 am

    No one should be paying property tax in the first place, bullocks.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2016 at 3:25 am

    law enforcement needs a search warrant to come onto your property without you permission, but yet they people can just walk in??? comeon attorneys out there, can they do that??