[UPDATE 3/20 11:20 a.m.] Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has issued another State Public Health Emergency Declaration that suspends the penalties and interest on the collection of property taxes and makes additional changes in the state.

The declaration, which went into effect immediately, goes through Thursday, April 16 at 11:59 p.m. Here is what the declaration includes:

  • Temporarily suspends penalties and interest as it relates to the collection of property taxes until the end of this proclamation.
  • Temporarily suspends some evictions under the Iowa Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act or the Manufactured Home Communities or Mobile Home Parks Residential Landlord and Tenant Act in certain circumstances
  • Extends expiration deadline for a permit to carry and a permit to acquire a firearm and additional measures
  • Permits the sale of carry-out, delivery, drive-thru of alcohol for unopened bottles of alcohol for bars and restaurants and suspends some fees
  • Permits public meetings or hearings by electronic means to improve the functions of government while maintaining social distancing practices
  • Suspends certain regulations to ease the transportation of agricultural supplies and commodities, food, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods on all highways in Iowa
  • The proclamation also allows related state agencies to implement the state’s public health emergency plan

[ORIGINAL STORY 3/15 10 a.m.] Property taxes are always due at the end of March, but that may not be the case this year.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors wants it moved back a month across the state of Iowa. The board is putting in a formal request to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to extend the deadline. The supervisors are asking Reynolds to issue an executive order moving the deadline from March 31 to April 30, 2020.

The hope is that moving the deadline date would limit the number of people needing to visit Treasurer's Offices throughout the state of Iowa in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. The extension of the deadline would also give counties time to make more people aware of the ability to pay online.

Property taxes and vehicle registration renewals can actually be paid online for lower than the cost of a stamp. The online cost is 25 to 30 cents when you use the electronic check option. It's 25 cents for 88 Iowa counties where online payments are handled through the Iowa State County Treasurers Association and 30 cents for the other 11 counties.

You can find your county and pay either HERE (Iowa Tax and Tags) or HERE (Iowa State County Treasurers Association).