Story County Treasurer Ted Rasmusson reminds Story County property owners that property taxes are due on or before Sept. 30. Unpaid taxes will be assessed a penalty of 1.5 percent Oct. 1 and accrue an additional 1.5 percent fee for each month the payment is late.
All Story County property owners were sent a tax statement in accordance with Iowa law in August. The statement included two coupons providing details of two payments due, the first on Sept. 30 and the second on March 31, 2020. Property owners who pay taxes through escrow accounts or other third party arrangements do not need to take any action and can consider the statement as informational only. Property owners with doubts about their property tax obligation should check with their bank or mortgage company, or call the Story County Treasurer at 515-382-7330.
There are three ways to pay property taxes in Story County. The first is to pay in person at the Treasurer’s Office at 900 6th St. in Nevada. Property owners should bring their coupon and can pay with a check, cash, or credit/debit card. Paying with a credit or debit card does incur an additional fee. Owners who have their coupon and a check can avoid the line and drop their payment off in a drop box located in the parking lot or a dropbox next to the Treasurer’s Office door.
The second option is to mail the coupon and payment to 900 6th St. – P.O. Box 498, Nevada, IA 50201. All payments must be postmarked on or before Sept. 30, 2019 to avoid any late penalties. Property owners should remember that putting payments in a mailbox does not guarantee a postmark date.
The third option is to pay online at www.iowatreasurers.org. The property tax statement and coupon include a bill/receipt number that needs to be entered on the website to complete the transaction. Additional fees will be applied to online payments based on the payment selected; the Treasurer’s Office encourages the use of the E-Check option, which at only 40¢ is the most cost-effective way to pay (less than a postage stamp).
Anyone with questions can call the Treasurer’s Office at 515-382-7330 or visit www.storycountyiowa.gov.