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In Iowa, we expect to receive quality public services at a reasonable cost. 

However, in too many school districts, cities, and counties, there is a gap between the amount of property taxes extracted from citizens and the growth of the community. For example, one Iowa school district is collecting 90 percent more in property taxes than it did 10 years ago, while the number of students has remained the same.  

What is going on? Why is this happening? It happens for different reasons in each locality across the state, but the heart of the problem is a failure to talk with local elected officials.  

So, if you are upset about your property taxes:

  1. Select your community above
  2. Take a look at the growth gap between property taxes and enrollment/population.
  3. Use our built-in email form to easily start a conversation with the people who determine your property tax bill.  

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Where are property taxes the highest? 

The map below shows estimated property taxes based on the consolidated property tax rates for the 100 largest cities in Iowa. 

Property tax estimates below are for homes with assessed values of $153,900 (the median home value in the state), $250,000, and $350,000.  Hover over a city, and an estimated total property tax bill will be provided for the three assessed values. 

Download the data table. 

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This page includes information for all school districts and counties in Iowa. Only cities with a population over 2,500 and member-requested cities are posted. If your city isn't listed, email us, and we will add it to this page. 

Messages sent through the web form will be sent to publicly posted email addresses. Some schools, cities, and counties do not post elected officials' email addresses. We have added notes above the webform for those localities. 

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Email us if you see any data entry errors or have any questions.