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6/10/2014 - Polk County Delinquent Property Taxes

DES MOINES, IA – June 6, 2014 -

MARY MALONEY, POLK COUNTY TREASURER — Polk County Treasurer Mary Maloney announced today the number of Delinquent Property Tax parcels is down from last year. “The number of parcels that are delinquent is down 2% with the dollar amount up by 16% from the same period last year” reported Treasurer Maloney. The amount owed at the end of business May 30, 2014, is annually published in an official publication. In addition, the information is available on the Treasurer’s web site at: www.polkcountyiowa.gov/treasurer/ under the Tax Sale Buyer Info link. As of May 30, 2014 the number of parcels delinquent is 3,299, down 65 from last year’s 3,364, and the amount owed is $6,761,696, up $936,883 from last year’s $5,824,813.

Delinquent Taxes are offered at Tax Sale starting Monday, June 16, 2014.


6/10/2014 - Annual Tax Sale

DES MOINES, IA – June 6, 2013 -

MARY MALONEY, POLK COUNTY TREASURER — Announces that the 2014 Annual Tax Sale will begin on Monday, June 16, 2014, at 7:30 a.m. at the Iowa Events Center HyVee Hall at 730 Third Street, Des Moines, Iowa. If you have delinquent property taxes and wish to avoid the tax sale, payment must be physically received in the Treasurer’s office by 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 13, 2014. On-line payments can be made any time at www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov

To obtain more information regarding delinquent tax payments or tax sales, please call 286-3060.


3/18/2014 - Polk County Treasurer Offers Satellite Station for Property Tax

DES MOINES, IA – March 7, 2014 -

MARY MALONEY, POLK COUNTY TREASURER — The deadline for payment of the second installment of the 2012/2013 property tax is Monday, March 31.

Mary Maloney, Polk County Treasurer, is once again opening a satellite station for the payment of property taxes at Polk County River Place to reduce traffic at the downtown office. The satellite station will be located at 2309 Euclid Avenue, Room 6 on the East end of the building, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 31st. The satellite station will have limited employee resources, hours and payment processing options. Accepted forms of payment at the satellite station are check, credit card, debit card, and electronic check. Service Fees apply to credit card, debit card, and electronic check payments. NO cash transactions are accepted at the satellite station.

The Treasurer’s online payment center, www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov, has been modernized for an improved user experience with additional payment options. Maloney states, “We are pleased to announce to our citizens that we have lowered the service fee associated with an electronic check to $0.30. For comparison, a postage stamp is now $0.49! We encourage citizens to check out our improvements at www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov and utilize the safe and convenient payment option of their choice.”

Payments may be mailed to the office but must have a March 31 postmark to be processed without late interest. To receive a March 31 postmark, please mail by 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, at the main post office. The post office does not postmark on Sunday. If mailing from an outlying post office, please check postmark deadline requirements with the post office to obtain a timely postmark. Interest on delinquent taxes accrues at 1.5% per month. Company affixed metered mail dates do not supersede the post office postmark.

For further information call the Polk County Treasurer’s Tax Division at 286-3060.


8/20/2013 - Property Tax Statements are in the Mail

DES MOINES, IA – August 20, 2013 -

MARY MALONEY, POLK COUNTY TREASURER — has announced that 177,000 tax statements representing $855 million dollars will be mailed the week of August 19th, 2013 to property owners. Maloney reminds taxpayers “You don’t need to wait for a statement to make a payment. Your property tax information is already on our www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov website. Due to the anticipated volume of walk-in traffic at our office, you are encouraged to use our modernized Treasurer’s online payment system at www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov where you may make full or partial payments. Maloney states, “We would like to remind our citizens that the service fee associated with an electronic check is only $0.30. In comparison, a postage stamp is now $0.46. The web service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”.

Maloney indicated “Many of the statements that will be mailed are information only for taxpayers that have their mortgage companies pay the tax. If taxpayers aren’t sure about who is responsible to pay, they should contact their mortgage company”. The deadline for payment of the first installment of the 2012/2013 property tax is Monday, September 30, 2013.

Payments may be mailed to the office but must have a September 30 postmark to be processed without late interest. To receive a September 30 postmark, please mail by 8:30 p.m. Monday, September 30, 2013, at the main post office. The post office does not postmark on Sunday. If mailing from an outlying post office, please check postmark deadline requirements with the post office to obtain a timely postmark. Interest on delinquent taxes accrues at 1.5% per month. Company affixed metered mail dates do not supersede the post office postmark.

For further information call the Polk County Treasurer’s Tax Department at 286-3060.

See Press Release


3/13/2013 - Polk County Treasurer Offers Satellite Station for Property Tax

DES MOINES, IA – March 13, 2013 -

MARY MALONEY, POLK COUNTY TREASURER — The deadline for payment of the second installment of the 2011/2012 property tax is Monday, April 1.

Mary Maloney, Polk County Treasurer, is once again opening a satellite station for the payment of property taxes at Polk County River Place to reduce traffic at the downtown office. The satellite station will be located at 2309 Euclid Avenue, Room 6 on the East end of the building, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28th and Friday, March 29th. The satellite station will have limited employee resources, hours and payment processing options. Accepted forms of payment at the satellite station are check, credit card, debit card, and electronic check. Service Fees apply to credit card, debit card, and electronic check payments. NO cash transactions are accepted at the satellite station.

The Treasurer’s online payment center, www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov, has been modernized for an improved user experience with additional payment options. Maloney states, “We are pleased to announce to our citizens that we have lowered the service fee associated with an electronic check to $0.30. In comparison, a postage stamp is now $0.46. We encourage citizens to check out our improvements at www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov and utilize the safe and convenient payment option of their choice.”

To obtain more information regarding tax payments please call 286-3060.

See Press Release


1/10/2012 - 2013 marks the 10th Year of Giving by the Treasury Department

DES MOINES, IA – January 10, 2013 -

MARY MALONEY, POLK COUNTY TREASURER — The Polk County Treasurer’s Office is known for collecting taxes. What is not known is that we also collect donations.

Treasurer employees have heard many stories of hardships from Polk County residents through the years while we are accepting their property tax and vehicle tag payments. It can be “taxing” to the heart to hear tales of financial struggles and loss our neighbors face. For some, being in the midst of other peoples despair can affect their morale on the job and at home.

Rebecca Fazio and Chelle Vaughn conceived the idea of a program called HOPE (Heart of Polk Employees) that grew into a substantial morale boosting product. The product is simply that of giving. It is wisely designed by the employees to raise employee morale while easing the conscientious empathetic struggles employee’s shoulder at work.

Each month the employees in the Polk County Treasurers office give a donation to a pre-specified organization that assists the people of Polk County. Since the inception of HOPE in the fall of 2003, countless people residing in Polk County have been recipients of our donations. In January of each year the HOPE committee selects the organizations we will offer our donations to. The first organization that helped build our morale was the Family Violence Center, next came Toys for Tots, Ronald McDonald House, the Food Pantry, Door of Faith Men’s Shelter, and so many more. They are chosen for the excellent work they do as well as the level of need. We give thanks to these organizations and are thrilled to contribute to them.

We are proud of our co-workers and the generosity they exhibit month-after-month. The year 2013 marks the 10th year of giving by our department.


9/25/2012 - Polk County Treasurer Offers Satellite Station for Property Tax Payments

DES MOINES, IA – September 25, 2012 -

MARY MALONEY, POLK COUNTY TREASURER — The deadline for payment of the first installment of the 2011/2012 property tax is Monday, October 1, 2012. Polk County Treasurer Mary Maloney reminds taxpayers that Monday, October 1 is the last day to pay in person without late interest. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Polk County Administrative Office Building, 2nd & Court Avenue. Maloney states “we are expecting twenty-one thousand customers to walk into our office this month. You are encouraged to pay online at IowaTaxAndTags.gov. Full or partial payments can be made with an electronic check or credit card. Try the electronic check option. It’s less than the cost of a postage stamp.

Satellite Station

A satellite station will be available on Thursday and Friday, September 27th and 28th, at Polk County River Place, Room 4, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Payments at the satellite station are limited to property taxes. Accepted forms of payment are check, credit card, debit card, and electronic check – service fees apply to credit card, debit card and electronic check payments. NO CASH transactions will be accepted.

Payments may be mailed but must have an October 1st postmark to be processed without late interest. To receive an October 1st postmark, please mail by 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 1st, 2012, at the main post office. If mailing from an outlying post office, please check postmark deadline requirements with the post office to obtain a timely postmark. Interest on delinquent taxes accrues at 1.5% per month. Company affixed metered mail dates do not supersede the post office postmark.

To obtain more information regarding tax payments, please call 286-3060.

See Press Release


8/24/2012 - HOPE Project: Capital View Elementary

DES MOINES, IA – August 24, 2012 -
Polk County Treasurer Employees Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary of HOPE in their Hearts

For the past ten years Polk County Treasurer employees have donated to over 83 charities through a simple, painless process: Each employee who donates receives the perk of dressing down to casual. As donation mechanisms go, the program is elegant: Employees pay for a perk, knowing their payment will go to a good cause.

In September of 2003 staff members brainstormed and proposed a plan to Polk County Treasurer Mary Maloney which would inspire community involvement by a government office without government funding. The project would be called HOPE or Heart Of Polk Employees with the main objective focused entirely on community outreach.

During the last full week of each month the HOPE committee independently coordinates, collects and distributes donated goods to a community organization of their choice. The staff-run committee of six manages and facilitates the entire project. The six members establish and maintain a list of organizations the contributions would benefit, communicate with the organizations, and coordinate the delivery of donated goods. Committee members serve on a two year rotation. During the contribution rally week each staff member who chooses to participate in HOPE donates on average $10 to $20 to the monthly cause in exchange for the benefit of wearing casual dress attire.

Since HOPE’s inception many organizations have benefited from this team’s efforts. The list of organizations varies from time-to-time to include special contribution funds such as the 2005 Hurricane Katrina Victims Fund. In September 2006 staff collected for Amanda the Panda who provides support to grieving children and their families. For a month in 2007 and 2011 staff sponsored our U.S. troops overseas. HOPE has also sponsored two fellow Polk County employee’s families who had endured a hardship.

In the time the program has been running approximately $64,200 worth of staff donations have benefited central Iowa organizations. Polk County Treasurer employees are very proud of their efforts. As the goods are collected they are showcased in the Property Tax/Motor Vehicle Public Service Room for citizens to see the resulting impact of the boxes of food, pet supplies, school supplies, etc.

The ancillary benefits recognized with this innovative project include the engagement in a meaningful contribution to the community giving a sense of fulfillment, the opportunity of placing a human face on public service, the positive team building effect, and a boost to office morale. It is in this expression, reflecting sensitivity for the needs of others, which has powered this staff-run project for ten years and running.

Polk County Treasurer Mary Maloney calls Treasurer Employee’s "the most generous people I have encountered." HOPE contributions this year are going to help Gigi’s Playhouse which helps children with Down Syndrome, US Army for children 3 to 13 years of age with parents deployed away from home, Children & Families of Iowa to help at risk teens, Amanda the Panda, and Animal Lifeline. In December 2012, HOPE will deliver items of great need to children with hardships during the Christmas holiday.

The Treasurer employee’s HOPE program is known locally for its generosity. While doing business in the Treasurer’s Office, a local Therapeutic Massage center graciously donated a ½ hour massage to the sponsored charity for the month after learning about the HOPE program and monthly donations.

This kind of giving is entirely repeatable by any group of employees with charity in their hearts. We see another plus for employers and employees who encourage contributions for casual days: The initiatives help create a culture which includes kindness and generosity.

See Press Release


6/05/2012 - Polk County Delinquent Property Taxes

DES MOINES, IA – June 05, 2012 – Mary Maloney, Polk County Treasurer – Polk County Treasurer Mary Maloney announced today Delinquent Property Taxes are down from last year. “The number of parcels that are delinquent is down 23% with the dollar amount down by 32% from the same period last year” reported Treasurer Maloney. The amount owed at the end of business May 31, 2012, is annually published in an official publication. In addition, the information is available on the Treasurer’s web site at: www.polkcountyiowa.gov/treasurer/ under the Tax Sale Buyer Info link. The number of parcels delinquent is 3,553, down 1,036 from last year’s 4,589, and the amount owed is $6,633,398, down $3,113,394 from last year’s $9,746,793.

Delinquent Taxes are offered at Tax Sale starting Monday, June 18, 2012.


6/05/2012 - 2012 Annual Tax Sale

DES MOINES, IA – June 05, 2012 – Mary Maloney, Polk County Treasurer – Announces that the 2012 Annual Tax Sale will begin on Monday, June 18, 2012, at 7:30 a.m. at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center Grand Ballroom located at 833 5th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa. If you have delinquent property taxes and wish to avoid the tax sale, payment must be physically received in the Treasurer’s office by 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 15, 2012. On-line payments can be made any time at www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov.

To obtain more information regarding delinquent tax payments or tax sales, please call 286-3060.

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3/29/2012 - Replacement License Plate Renewals at IowaTaxAndTags.gov

DES MOINES, IA – March 29, 2012 – Mary Maloney, Polk County Treasurer – Today the Iowa Department of Transportation announced their implementation of a 10-year “rolling” license plate replacement cycle to begin April 2. The design of the plate will not change with the exception of the characters changing from dark blue to black. The replacement occurs at the time of annual registration renewal and will be notated on the customer’s renewal notices. “The process of doing a “rolling” plate replacement appears to be the most cost efficient way to replace old plates and can still be done on our 24/7 website www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov states Mary Maloney, Polk County Treasurer. “Customers can complete the renewal online at www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov and receive the replacement plates by mail. Plates that are in their plate replacement cycle are not required to be turned in.”


3/12/2012 - Polk County Treasurer Offers Satellite Station for Property Tax

MARY MALONEY, POLK COUNTY TREASURER—The deadline for payment of the second installment of the 2010/2011 property tax is Monday, April 2, 2012. Polk County Treasurer Mary Maloney reminds taxpayers that Monday, April 2 is the last day to pay in person without late interest. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Polk County Administrative Office Building, 2nd & Court Avenue. Maloney states “we are expecting twenty-two thousand customers to walk into our office this month. You are encouraged to pay online at IowaTaxAndTags.gov. Full or partial payments can be made with an electronic check or credit card. Try the electronic check option. It’s less than the cost of a postage stamp and the cost of gas. The web service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Satellite Station

A satellite station will be available on Thursday and Friday, March 29th and 30th, at the Polk County River Place between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Payments at the satellite station are limited to property taxes. Accepted forms of payment are check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, and electronic check – service delivery fees apply to credit card and electronic check payments. NO CASH transactions will be accepted.

Payments may be mailed but must have an April 2nd postmark to be processed without late interest. To receive an April 2nd postmark, please mail by 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 2nd, 2012, at the main post office. The post office does not postmark on Sunday. If mailing from an outlying post office, please check postmark deadline requirements with the post office to obtain a timely postmark. Interest on delinquent taxes accrues at 1.5% per month. Company affixed metered mail dates do not supersede the post office postmark.

To obtain more information regarding tax payments please call 286-3060.


Avoid Parking Woes – Renew vehicle tag registration and property taxes online

With heavy construction around the Polk County Administration building access to parking is limited. Try renewing your vehicle tag registrations and paying your property taxes with the eCheck option on the treasurer’s payment website at www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov. The eCheck option is less than the cost of a postage stamp and certainly less than the cost of gas, meter change, and a parking headache. The web service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

More secure? www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov – the most secure government websites are those with a .gov in the web address. Your online payment is safe and secure.

Faster? The fastest way to pay those pesky car tags and property taxes in just a few steps is through www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov.

More cost effective? Pay online with an eCheck (an electronic version of your paper check) for only forty cents at www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov.


Downtown Parking Headache

MARY MALONEY, POLK COUNTY TREASURER—Polk County Treasurer Mary Maloney reminds citizens, “We are experiencing heavy construction around our building. Access to parking is very limited.” You are encouraged to use our online web payment system which can be accessed from www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov or Treasurer Web site. This Memorial Day weekend try our eCheck option. It’s less than the cost of a postage stamp and certainly less than the cost of gas, meter change and a parking headache. The web service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Property Tax Payment Deadline Reminder

MARY MALONEY, POLK COUNTY TREASURER—The deadline for payment of the first installment of the 2010/2011 property tax is Friday, September 30, 2011. Polk County Treasurer Mary Maloney reminds taxpayers that Friday, September 30, 2011 is the last day to pay in person without late interest. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are located in the Polk County Administrative Office Building at 2nd & Court Avenue.

Friday, September 30 will be the busiest day of the year for the Treasurer’s Office. One hundred and seventy-seven thousand statements were mailed to citizens the last week of August representing $826 million. Maloney encourages the public to use the internet payment system atwww.IowaTaxAndTags.gov where you may make full or partial payments either through eCheck or credit card payment options. Maloney states, “eCheck payments now cost less than a postage stamp at $0.40 and the web service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Many of the statements mailed to citizens are for information only for taxpayers that have their mortgage companies pay the tax. If taxpayers aren’t sure about who is responsible to pay, they should contact their mortgage company.

Payments may be mailed but must have a postmark of no later than September 30, 2011 to be processed without late interest. To receive a September 30 postmark, please mail by 8:30 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011, at the main post office. If mailing from an outlying post office, please check postmark deadline requirements with the post office to obtain a timely postmark. Interest on delinquent taxes accrues at 1.5% per month. Company affixed metered mail dates do not supersede the post office postmark.

To obtain more information regarding tax payments, please call 286-3060.

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