Judy DeBoer announced her retirement as Plymouth County assessor, effective June 30, the end of the fiscal year.
DeBoer described her 20 years as assessor as satisfying, fulfilling and challenging to the conference board of county supervisors, city mayors and school board members who met Wednesday evening. She thanked the conference board for their support, especially in the use of new technology such as GIS (geographic information systems) computer mapping.
"It has occasionally stretched us beyond where we thought we could go," DeBoer told the conference board.
She said her office has struggled to keep up with the growth in Plymouth County and with the assessment levels mandated by the state.
"It's time for new blood in the office," DeBoer said.
Anyone appointed by the Plymouth County conference board as assessor must be on the certified list of the Iowa Department of Revenue as having passed the test for assessor, DeBoer explained. The test is given twice a year in Des Moines. The department can be paid to come to the county to administer the assessor examination.
That test is longer and includes more math than the exam for assistant assessor, DeBoer explained. Iowa used to require auditors to take the exam every two years, but dropped that requirement.
"If they don't take the test, it's not going to happen," DeBoer said.
Deputy Assessor LInda Smith has not taken the assessor exam yet and has not decided if she plans to take it this spring, she told conference board members.
DeBoer's six-year term of appointment is scheduled to end December 2010. Some of the powers and duties of the office are described on the county's Web site (www.co.plymouth.ia.us/assessor.htm) as: "To assess and appraise all real estate and personal property except such as is exempt from taxation, or the assessment of which is otherwise provided by law. To have access to all public records of the county for the purpose of securing information pertaining to accurate listings of taxable property. To make up all assessor's books and records as prescribed by Director of Revenue. To submit on or before May 1st of each year the completed assessment rolls to the Plymouth County board of review for its examination."