Tax Information

Local Tax Rates
As a citizen of the City of Altoona you pay combined taxes to the county, school, and city. The tax levy rates for 2021 assessed valuations, Payable Fiscal year 2022 – 2023 were as follows:

  • City $10.75
  • County $9.61
  • School $15.44 (SE Polk)  /  $17.28 (Bond-Farr)
  • Regional Transit $0.72
  • Community College $0.69

This makes an Altoona residents total combined taxes $37.22 (SE Polk) or $39.05 (Bond-Farr) per $1,000.

Where do Altoona Taxes Go?
The following chart shows how taxes are distributed, by percentage.


Annual Max Levy Resolutions
Iowa Code Section 384.15a requires cities to “adopt a resolution establishing the total maximum property tax dollars that may be certified for levy that includes taxes for city government purposes.”

Below are Altoona’s annual max levy hearing notices and resolutions.

Fy21 Max Levy Hearing Notice                                    FY20/21 Max Levy Resolution

Fy22 Max Levy Hearing Notice                                   FY21/22 Max Levy Resolution

FY23 Max Levy Hearing Notice                                   FY22/23 Max Levy Resolution

FY24 Max Levy Hearing Notice                                   FY23/24 Max Levy Resolution

FY25 Max Levy Hearing Notice

Paying Property Taxes
Property taxes can be paid to the Polk County Treasurer Office.

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