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Transfers of real estate were current up until the cut off date for new taxes, which is around August 1st. Normally in your closing you would have been allowed money from the seller to pay the taxes for the September and March installment. You should verify this on your closing papers.
All rates or charges for the services of sewer systems, sewage treatment, solid waste collection, water, disposal, recycling, storm water drainage systems, city utility or enterprise charges or any of these, if not paid to the city as provided by ordinance of city council or resolution of the trustees, are a lien on the property served by the services upon certification to the county treasurer. The lien has equal precedence with ordinary taxes, may be certified to the county treasurer and collected in the same manner as taxes, and is not divested by a judicial sale. Refer to Iowa Code 384.67, 384.84, 362.2(2), 331.553.4.
You get either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or State Supplementary Assistance (SSA), or
You live in a nursing home and the Department of Human Services is paying for all or part of the cost for your care.
You will not have to pay a penalty while your taxes are suspended. The suspended taxes will need to be paid when the property is sold or transferred. If you want to, you still can pay your taxes while they are suspended.
The County Board of Supervisors run the tax suspension program. You must give to the County Board of Supervisors proof that you qualify for property tax suspension. You do this in the county where your property is located.