Notice of Office Closure
Second Tuesday of Every Month
The Treasurer's Office will open at 9:00 AM in Fort Madison on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This 1/2 hour closure is due to a monthly staff meeting with the DOT.
Duties of the Treasurer
The Treasurer is responsible for the receipt, management, disbursement, financial reporting, bonds and investment of all monies paid to the County and serves as agent for the State of Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance.
The Treasurer compiles composite reports from individual record books to general ledgers: reviews and reconciles receipts, bills, and cash received to assure accuracy of figures to prevent discrepancies and financial loss. In addition, the Treasurer categorizes, indexes, files and deposits materials, forms and monies received to assure public funds are administered properly.
The Treasurer is responsible for the proper receipt, accounting and disbursement of county funds within proper policies established by the State of Iowa, Lee County Board of Supervisors and corporate and unincorporated taxing entities for adequate financial control.
- Investment of Revenues
- Keep accurate record of monies received and disbursed
- Check supporting data for all check and cash receipts from all county monies
- Submit accurate financial records for annual audit
- Prepare monthly reports
- Prepare reports throughout the year for the Lee County Board of Supervisors and State Auditor
- Update Investment Report annually if law changes
- ACH transfers of monthly tax payments
- Send monthly monies to the Iowa Department of Transportation
- Apportion taxes to various entities
- Collect miscellaneous revenues from all county offices and departments
Real Estate Division
- To collect taxes certified for all real estate, mobile homes, special assessments, utilities
- Process Iowa Property Tax Credit Claims for senior citizens or disabled persons
- Pursue collection of tax liens by ordinary lawsuit or by proceeding to the taking of the tax sale deed
- Prepare for publishing a newspaper notice of tax sale
- Conduct annual and adjourned tax sales
- Send notice of delinquent taxes to taxpayers with outstanding taxes as of February 1
- Send notice of annual tax sale no later than May 1,
- Process tax sale redemptions
Motor Vehicle Division
- CDL issuance; Auto and Motorcycle testing and license issuance
- License, title, collect fee for new registration and motor vehicle registrations in Lee County
- Issue duplicate, salvage, in lieu and in transit titles
- Record and release security interests
- Issue junking certificates for vehicles that are dismantled or no longer operable
- Prepare reports for the Iowa Department of Transportation
- Process refund claim forms
- Issue special license plates
- Work with Department of Transportation Investigators
Collection of Property Taxes
It is the Treasurer’s duty to collect all taxes, certified by the County Auditor, which includes real estate, mobile homes, special assessments, buildings on leased land, equipment assessed as real estate, utilities and grain handlers.
- The County Auditor delivers tax lists of the various districts to the Treasurer at the beginning of each fiscal year.
- Taxes are segregated in taxing districts, and the amounts collected are apportioned to the various funds; State, Area Schools, Ag Extension, Assessor/Appraiser, County, School, corporate entities and townships.
Property Tax Payments
Property taxes may be paid in two installments.
- The first half is due September 1 and becomes delinquent October 1;
- The second half is due March 1 and becomes delinquent April 1.
- Delinquent interest accrues at the rate of 1.5% per month, rounded to the nearest dollar with a minimum of a dollar.
- Payments for redemption from tax sale must be paid by guaranteed funds. The rate of interest required by Iowa law to be paid in a redemption is 2% per month.
Notice of Delinquent Taxes
The law requires that a notice be sent to property owners who have outstanding taxes as of November 1. The notification explains that under Iowa law, it is important for property owners to pay taxes and special assessments when they are due in order to avoid the tax sale.
- Iowa law also requires that a notice of the annual tax sale shall be mailed not later than May 1 to the person in whose name the parcel subject to sale is taxed.
- Delinquent taxes as of May 1 are assessed a publication fee and advertised for sale at the annual tax sale in June.
The Annual Tax Sale is held the third Monday in June at 9:00 AM for North Lee County properties and at 1:00 PM for South Lee County properties, with an adjourned sale scheduled every 60 days. Any delinquency must be offered for sale at the Regular or Public Bidder Tax Sale.