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The cornerstone for the third, and current courthouse was laid on May 21, 1903. It cost $90,600 to build and was designed by the architects Smith and Gage. The exterior walls are covered with Bedford stone veneer and the roof is all tile. The clock tower, which rises from the middle of the building, sets the building apart from all others. The courthouse is situated on a large town square and is the pride of Centerville and Appanoose County.

Assessor

Appanoose County Court House (First Floor)
201 N. 12th St
Centerville, IA


Office Hours:
8AM-4PM, Monday-Friday


Contact Information:
Phone: (641)437-4529
Fax: (641)856-3062


Staff:
Assessor: Michael Barth
mbarth@appanoosecounty.net

Office Manager: Beth Burgin
bburgin@appanoosecounty.net

Deputy Assessor: Evan Knorr
eknorr@appanoosecounty.net


The Assessor's office is charged with several administrative and statutory duties; however our primary duty is to make sure all real property within our jurisdiction is assessed except where the law provides otherwise. This includes residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural property. Real property is revalued every two years with the effective date of the assessment being the first day of January of the current year. The assessor determines either a full or partial value for new construction and improvements depending upon the state of completion on January 1st. The Assessor does not collect taxes, calculate taxes, or determine the tax rate. The Assessor is concerned with value, not taxes. The County Assessor is appointed to their position by a conference board consisting of the members of the Board of Supervisors, the Mayors of all incorporated cities, and a member from each school district within the jurisdiction, provided they live in the jurisdiction. The assessor is 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 60 hours non-tested to be completed for each six-year term.

General Misconceptions About the Assessor's Work:

The Assessor does not:

  • collect taxes
  • calculate taxes
  • determine tax rate
  • set policy for the Board of Review