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Once you have decided you would like to adopt an animal from us an adoption request form must be submitted. You may fill this out in person at our facility or over the phone with shelter personnel. Please allow us time to review applications before adoption. Because of the adoption process we do not do same day adoptions.
All dogs and cats that are adopted have to be spayed and neutered before they go to their new home. We also give them their distemper shots, worming, and flea and tick treatment. Dogs are also given a bordetella vaccine.
For more information give us a call at 515-382-3338 or visit our Ways to Volunteer tab.
As an example, if a property owner applied for the homestead credit on July 2, 2009, they have missed the July 1 deadline for assessment year 2009. The property owner is now applying for the homestead credit for assessment year 2010. The property owner will not receive a property tax statement for levies against the 2010 taxable value until Aug or Sept 2011.
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To request an absentee ballot, print out the Iowa Absentee Ballot Request Form, fill it out and mail it to the Auditor’s Office.
Story County Auditor’s Office 900 6th St. Nevada, IA 50201
Upon receiving the request and when ballots are available, an absentee ballot and voting instructions will be mailed to you. If you do not having printer capability or access to the internet, you may call the Auditor’s Office to have a request form mailed to you. (515) 382-7210.
In lieu of the Iowa Absentee Ballot Request Form, you may submit a written request for an absentee ballot on a piece of paper no smaller than 3x5 inches.
The request must contain the following required information:
Any registered voter may vote early for any reason in any election. There are two ways to vote early: In Person: Once ballots become available, you may vote in the Auditor’s Office during business hours, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additional in person voting opportunities are available the Saturday preceding a Primary Election and the two Saturdays preceding a General Election. Additional opportunities for early voting may be provided at satellite stations. Satellite voting is called at the discretion of the Auditor or by petition of citizens. The deadline to vote absentee in person is 4:30 p.m. the Monday before an election. By Mail: To vote by mail, send a signed request form or a written request for an absentee ballot with all the required information to the Auditor’s Office.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, all County buildings are currently closed to the public. Please check the specific election page for information about in-person absentee voting.
You can request an absentee ballot for an election no more than 120 days before the date of the election. Ballots will not be mailed until the 29th day before the election. The deadline to request that a ballot be mailed to you is 5:00 p.m. on the 11th day before an election (two Fridays before). In the case a General Election, the deadline is the 10th day before the election (two Saturdays before). You may still vote early in person at the Auditor’s Office until 4:30 p.m. on the Monday before an election. If you are voting by mail, your ballot must be postmarked the day before the election OR returned in person to the Auditor’s Office by the close of polls on Election Day.
UOCAVA ballots must be ready 45 days before federal elections. Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
Yes, however, in order for your vote to be counted, you must send us the original signed request. You may fax or email a scanned copy of a completed request form. Fax to (515) 382-7221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 11th day before an election (10 days before a General Election). The original request document must be postmarked by the request deadline and must be received by the Friday following most elections. If the canvass by the Board of Supervisors is held during the week of the election, the time of the canvass is the deadline for receipt of the original signed request. [IA 721 - 21.2(2)]
In conjunction with the Recorder's Office, we have scanned our transfer books, original plats, and other property records. These images are rendered online just as they appear in the original books. View records here.
If you have a parcel number or a property address, you can find the following information on the Story County GIS Property website:
Always use original recorded documents to answer legal and survey questions.
For copies of recorded deeds and surveys, contact the Recorder at (515) 382-7231. For assessment questions, contact the Assessor at (515) 382-7320 (contact the Ames Assessor for Ames properties). For current tax information, contact the Treasurer at (515) 382-7331.
These numbers are different from the Section Township and Range numbers assigned by the United States Geological Survey.Parcel numbers can be determined by searching by address on the GIS Property website or by calling the Auditor's Office and supplying us with the property address or owner's name. Parcel numbers are also printed on tax statements and assessment notifications. Geo Numbering in Story County
Story County residents, except those residing in the City of Ames, may now apply online for homestead credit and military exemptions. Property Tax Credits and Exemptions - DOR
In the case of a life estate, we can remove the life estate if there is proof that a person is deceased (recorded death certificate).
Many estates are not filed with the clerk of court because spouses will own everything jointly. In the case of property held in joint tenancy with right of survivorship solely with the surviving spouse, an affidavit of surviving spouse may be recorded if the decedent died on or after January 1, 1988 (Iowa Code Section 558.66). For deaths occurring before 1988, we can remove a name based on a recorded death certificate.
For questions about deeds, please call 515-382-7214. Code of Iowa §558.66
The Story County IAGenWeb website lists cemeteries by township and also maintains many other links of genealogical interest, including cemetery records. Story County Cemeteries Map
You may also register (it's free) at Iowa Land Records where you can search online for recorded documents, including deeds. Iowa Land Records (registration required)
You can get photocopies of the Auditor's plat maps for 25 cents a page (50 cents per fax page). Custom maps from the county's GIS software, in printed and digital format, can also be ordered based on the county MAPS price list. Maps
If you do not have an Iowa driver's license/non-operator ID, the voter confirmation card also includes a voter ID that includes a barcode and four-digit personal identification number (PIN). When you register to vote or update your voter registration, the Auditor's Office prints out and mails you a voter confirmation card. You will also receive a new card if your polling place changes permanently. If you need to update your registration information, please submit a new voter registration form. Changes to your voter registration record cannot be made via phone or email. If you do not receive a card within two weeks of your registration, please contact our office at (515) 382-7210.
Yes, if you do not have an Iowa driver’s license or Iowa non-operator ID. No, if you do have an Iowa driver’s license/non-operator ID that is unexpired or within 90 days past the expiration date. You will use your Iowa DL/ID as your identification to vote. The voter confirmation cards issued to registered voters lacking an Iowa driver’s license/non-operator ID include a Voter ID Card. Voter ID cards must be signed before you enter your polling place. The Voter ID Card also includes a scannable barcode and a four-digit PIN. This PIN is required on any request for an absentee ballot. Other acceptable forms of identification (must be current, valid and contain an expiration date): - Out-of-state driver’s license/non-operator identification card - US passport - US military or veteran’s ID - ID card issued by an employer - Student ID issued by an Iowa high school or college NOTE: Iowa State University ID cards do not have an expiration date and therefore are not valid for this purpose.
The Voter ID PIN is a four-digit number, randomly assigned to each voter. The PIN only prints on the voter confirmation cards sent to those registered voters who do not have either an Iowa driver’s license or Iowa non-operator ID. For voters without an Iowa driver’s license/non-operator ID, the PIN is required information on any absentee ballot request submitted by the voter.
If you have a valid Iowa driver's license or Iowa non-operator ID, you did not receive a card with a PIN.
You cannot request a card on behalf of someone else. Our office normally processes cards every business day.
One of five (5) designations will appear on your voter confirmation card in the party area (upper left corner under date of birth): No Party Democrat Republican Iowa Green Libertarian NOTE: The Libertarian Party and the Iowa Green Party are legally termed a "political organizations" and do not hold a primaries. Only the Democratic and Republican parties have party status in Iowa.
You will only vote at your school polling place for school elections, including any special elections held by your school district.
No, the Story County Furniture Bank closed permanently in May 2012.
Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa has a store at 3504 Grand Ave. in Ames, and they take donations of building materials, tools, furniture, and appliances. They are open every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9am to 3pm and Thursday from 10am to 6pm. The store is open to the public; all proceeds from sales go towards providing affordable housing. If you have questions about donations, sales, or volunteering, call the store at 515-232-2335.
COVID-19 Update: While the Human Services Center building remains closed to the public due to COVID-19 precautionary measures, please call our office at (515) 663-2930, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, to request an application for rent and utility assistance either by mail, email, or to schedule an appointment with a staff member.
It is unlawful to hunt migratory game birds or resident game or furbearers with a firearm while possessing ammunition other than nontoxic ammunition approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in all SCC owned and managed areas. Skunk River Flats, Doolittle Prairie, and Colo Bog are not subject to this regulation but are subject to all State wildlife regulations.
The current projects for the year are listed here. The county also updates a 5 year program each year. It is available under the
To start this process, you must first fill out an "Application for Construction of On-Site Sewage Waste Treatment and Disposal System." Mail or drop off the completed form, along with the current application / permit fee of $150 and the $100 site review fee (payable to: Story County Treasurer), to the Health Department at the address listed on the form.
You may apply and pay online by using the following link.Apply online
Once the application and fee are received by the Health Department, we will contact you to arrange a time to review your site to establish the proper system arrangement.
GIS organizes geographic data as vector or raster layers on a map. Each layer has an associated database containing attributes for every graphic feature. This makes attribute queries and spatial queries very powerful. A user can search for all of the commercial land in a city (attribute query) and display those properties on the map. All properties within 100 feet of a river can also be selected (spatial query) and the user can analyze the associated database information.
This technology allows for tables from multiple databases to be joined together for enhanced queries and reports. For example, ownership and other property data from the county real estate system can be tied to the parcel layer. The ability to integrate data from a variety of sources enhances the analysis users can perform and saves time by having the information in one application.
Story County, Iowa has adopted a policy on links from the County's website at www.storycountyiowa.gov. Story County limits links only to those sites which promote Story County government, as well as links to other government and educational institutions.
Story County only permits electronic links from the County's website when meeting the following conditions, and only after written submittal of the Website Link Request-Story County, Iowa, to Story County is approved by the County Outreach and Special Projects Manager. Such approval shall be based upon information in the Website Link Request - Story County, Iowa showing that the applicant meets at least one of the following criteria:
Placement of the link is at the sole discretion of Story County.
Those websites for which links have been approved and placed on the Story County website are not controlled, maintained, or regulated by the County or any organization affiliated with the County, and Story County is not responsible for the content of those websites. Use of information obtained from those websites is voluntary, and reliance on that information should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy. Reference at those websites to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement or recommendation by Story County.
Links to websites may be terminated if Story County determines in its sole discretion that the linking party ceases to meet the criteria as outlined in this policy.
The new owner has 30 days to present the properly assigned title to his/her county treasurer so that a title can be issued in the new owner’s name. Penalties will apply after 30 days.
This includes purchasing, dropping or adding a name to a vehicle or a vehicle is gifted to you, etc.
The vehicle is not to be used on Iowa roadways. Penalties will be applied. If you have credit from a vehicle you sold, you will still be able to get that credit as long as it is within six months from date of sale of that vehicle.
Story County Treasurer's Office highly suggests that you do not wait until the last day to transfer the vehicle. If additional information is needed and you are sent away penalty will still begin 30 days after the date of sale.
For a large Iowa Standard Number License plate, place the Registration Renewal Sticker in the bottom, left corner of the rear license plate. If there is a sticker already on the license plate from a previous renewal, place the new sticker on top of the previous year's sticker. See diagram below:
For a small motorcycle/small regular trailer, place the Registration Renewal Sticker in the top, left corner of the rear license plate. If there is a sticker already on the license plate from a previous renewal, place the new sticker on top of the previous year's sticker. See diagram below:
For any DNR license plates (Goldfinch, Deer, Eagle, Pheasant, or Trout), place the sticker in the bottom, right corner of the rear license plate. If there is a sticker already on the license plate from a previous renewal, place the new sticker on top of the previous year's sticker. See diagram below:
Previous years stickers can be removed and disposed of. Be sure the current year sticker is going to adhere to the plate.
In August 2017, anew plate design was voted on at the Iowa State Fair (See Below). The previousplate design will be issued until individual county treasurers deplete theirexisting inventory. Contact your local treasurer prior to ordering to see ifthe new design below is available in your area. Plates such as collegiate, DNR,and government designs will not change.
Residentswill not be issued a no cost plate with the new design until the 10-yearreplacement cycle. If a resident would like to update to the new design it will cost $5.00 and the old set of plates will need to be returned to your local county treasurer’s office.
The name connector "and" means that both owners that are listed on the vehicle title will have to sign as sellers when the vehicle is sold. The name connector "or" means that only one of the owners that are listed on the face of the vehicle title will have to sign as seller when the vehicle is sold.
When applying for a replacement title both owners are required to sign the application regardless of the connector of "and" or "or".
Iowa does not issue a title for a trailer that weighs under 2000 pounds. The ownership document is the registration, and you may sign it over to a new owner by completing the bottom of the registration where it says: Date of Sale, Purchaser, Address, and Signature of Seller.
Complete form Application for Replacement of Iowa Certificate of Title to a Motor Vehicle (Form 411033). The application must be signed by all owners. If there is an open lien on the vehicle, the application will need to be signed by the lien holder.
If there is an open lien on the title, but the lien holder does not have an interest in the vehicle any longer, they may complete a separate notarized Cancellation of Security Interest (Form 411168). A letter from the security interest holder on their letterhead paper is acceptable if it has the following information: make, year, VIN, owners name(s) and address, and the letter must be notarized.
Once the application is received either in person or by mail there is a mandatory 5-day waiting period before the replacement title is issued. The fee for a replacement title is $25.00.
We accept cash, checks (out-of-state is acceptable), money orders, cashiers’ checks, and bank drafts. Debit Card transactions with a non-refundable $2.00 service delivery fee. We also accept credit cards (Master Card, Discover, and Visa) with a non-refundable 2.25% service delivery fee. Online E-Check is accepted with a non-refundable $0.25 service delivery fee.
Service Delivery fees are not set or retained by the county and are non-negotiable.
$20.00 Service fee assessed on any Returned Payments.
No. Story County Treasurer’s Office does NOT provide Driver’s License services. Customer will need to contact Iowa DOT Driver’s License station located in Ames. Phone: 515.296.2393
In order to store the vehicle/plates legally, the vehicle must currently be registered. The plates and the current registration need to be surrendered at the County Treasurer’s Office so that the State Motor Vehicle System can be updated and the registration stamped "STORED". Once the plates have been surrendered and registration marked you will not be required to pay the yearly registration fees. This also means the vehicle cannot be driven on the roadway at any point. Storage of a vehicle for less than 13 months is not suggested as one full year registration is paid no matter how long the vehicle has been stored.
To pull the vehicle out of Storage you will need to stop in your county treasurer's office and one full year registration fee will be collected. New plates and registration will be issued at the time of payment.
Storage of a vehicle does not work for driver's license reinstatement programs.
One month prior to your renewal month, your renewal month, or the month following to renew without penalty. When the last day of the month that a vehicle registration is due falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a holiday, the payment deadline is extended to include the first business day of the following month.
Penalty is assessed at a rate of 5% of the fee due, per vehicle, per month with a $5.00 per vehicle minimum.
From variances to subdivisions, development requests follow different processes. The Planning and Development Department has developed a set of guides for each unique type of development request to provide an overview of the steps involved.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this link is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by Story County and we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the the information, products, services, or related graphics contained within such link for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.
Story County Land Surveyors
When development proposals are submitted to our department, we notify (by the U.S. Postal Service) property owners within a quarter-mile of upcoming hearings and, if the weather allows, place a large sign on the property. If you are interested in receiving email updates on different projects and proposals, please contact us and we can add your name and address to our email list. Also, if you are interested in serving on the Planning and Development Commission or Board of Adjustment, applications are always welcome.
To find the latest information or tax statement for the property, complete a property search on the Beacon - Story County, IA / City of Ames website.
After finding your property, a copy of the current Tax Statement can be located under the section Tax History. On the right hand side click on the Tax Statement/Receipt with the desired year.
Questions can also be directed to the office at 515.382.7330.
Property tax payments are due in two installments. The 1st installment is due September 1st with late interest charged beginning October 1st. The 2nd installment is due March 1st with late interest charged beginning April 1st.
When the last day of the month is a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, the deadline for remitting tax payments without late interest or additional late interest for delinquent installments is extended to include the first business day of the following month.
Postmark date accepted on property tax payments. (Excludes property taxes sold at Tax Sale)
Mailing Address changes can be made by submitting a Property Tax Change of Address to the County Auditor.
Legal Name Changes and other changes to property title require that proper legal documentation be prepared and submitted to the County Recorder’s Office.
In a typical real estate transaction, taxes are prorated in the closing process and the buyer is either given credit for the seller's portion or the seller pays the taxes directly to the County Treasurer as part of the property sale. Details of how the taxes were handled should be on the settlement statement provided at the closing of your real estate transaction. This can be reviewed with the realtor or the attorney who handled the transfer documents.
The tax statement can be forwarded to the new owners, or return the statement to the County Treasurer with a note indicating ownership has changed.
In a typical real estate transaction, taxes are prorated and the buyer is either given credit for the seller's portion or the seller pays the taxes directly to the County Treasurer as part of the property sale. Details of how the taxes were handled should be on the settlement statement provided at the closing time of your real estate transaction. Contact the realtor or the attorney who handled the transaction to confirm.
Real estate taxes are always a year behind. For instance: the taxes due in September and March cover the time period from July 1 – June 30 of the previous year.
Late interest begins on October 1st for the first half and April 1st for the second half payments. Interest accrues on the first day of each month if a tax payment is not paid before the due date. The interest accrues at the rate of 1.5% per month (rounded to the nearest dollar) with a minimum of one dollar. Late interest is added to the unpaid balance of your property taxes.
When the last day of the month is a Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday, the deadline for remitting tax payments without late interest or additional late interest for delinquent installments is extended to include the first business day of the following month.
Taxes that remain unpaid could be subject to tax sale. Once the taxes are sold at tax sale, they are paid by another party. A tax lien is then placed on the property and if it is not redeemed within the time specified by Iowa law, the tax sale certificate holder may initiate proceedings to obtain a tax deed on the property.
If you are mailing your tax payment it is very important that it is at the post office in time for a proper 30th or 31st postmark, which is acceptable.
Pursuant to Iowa law, the County Treasurer is required to mail a tax statement to the titleholder of record on all parcels in the County. Third party payers such as mortgage companies or escrow companies request tax statements from the County Treasurer if they are responsible for paying your taxes. If your mortgage/escrow company is required to pay your taxes, you should retain the tax statement sent to you for income tax purposes.
If you are unsure if the mortgage/escrow company is responsible for the property taxes please reach out to them directly to confirm.
Special assessments are taxes due for public improvements such as the paving of streets, installation of new sewer systems, drainage systems, or sidewalks. Special assessments may also be assessed for delinquent water or solid waste/recycling bills. Counties may send a separate tax statement for special assessments due against a property. The special assessment notice mailed indicates the type of special assessment and how much is owed. In most instances special assessments are due with the first installment of property tax in September.
The rates or charges for the services of sewer systems, sewage treatment, solid waste collection, water, disposal, storm water drainage systems, city utility or enterprise charges are a lien on the property receiving services once they are certified to the County Treasurer if they are not paid to the city as provided by ordinance of city council or resolution of the trustees. A lien on the property has equal precedence with ordinary taxes and may be certified to the County Treasurer and collected in the same manner as taxes. This lien is not divested by a judicial sale. For more information on this, please refer to Iowa Code 384.67, 384.84, 362.2(2), 331.553.4
Notice: Mortgage or escrow Companies are not responsible or liable to cover special assessments. Confirm with your Mortgage/Escrow company to confirm who will be responsible.
Tax suspension means that you will not have to pay your property taxes until the property is sold or transferred to another person.
Your property taxes may be suspended if: You get either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) orState Supplementary Assistance (SSA), or You live in a nursing home and theDepartment of Human Services is paying for all or part of the cost for yourcare. You will not have to pay a penalty while your taxes are suspended. Thesuspended 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. TheCounty Board of Supervisors run the tax suspension program. You must give tothe County Board of Supervisors proof that you qualify for property taxsuspension. You do this in the county where your property is located.
. Applications are available from January through May each year at the County Treasurer's Office.
If you are totally disabled or 65 years of age or older and your total household income is less than the amount set by the State of Iowa, you may qualify for tax relief under the provisions of Iowa Code Section 425.16. Applications are available from January 2 through June 1 each year online or at the Treasurer's Office. Tax credits and exemptions may be reduced pursuant to Iowa Code Section 25B.7. Contact your County Treasurer for further information or to obtain the application forms.
If you are 23 years of age or older and your total household income is less than the amount set by the State of Iowa, you may qualify for tax relief under the provisions of Iowa Code Section 435.22. Applications are available from January 2 through June 1 each year at the Treasurer's Office or can be downloaded from the Property Tax Forms. Tax credits and exemptions may be reduced pursuant to Iowa Code Section 25B.7. Contact the County Treasurer's office for further information or to obtain the application forms.
Guaranteed Funds are required from May 1st through the Day of the annual Tax Sale. (Cash, Money orders, cashiers' checks or Debit)
$20.00 Service fee assessed on any Returned Payments.
The administrative offices of the Story County Sheriffs Office are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM., excluding holidays (New Years Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday, and Christmas and one additional day).
Deputies are trained at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy for approximately 15 weeks. After the academy is completed, new deputies participate in field training, which lasts on average three months. Deputies continually receive updated training in their career along with training in specialized areas.
*A child restraint system is a specifically designed seating system, including a belt positioning seat or booster seat that meets federal motor vehicle safety standards (Iowa Code 321.446)