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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