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Monona County Treasurer's Office

Duties of the Treasurer
The Treasurer is responsible for the receipt, management, disbursement, financial reporting, bonds and investment of all monies paid to the County and serves as agent for the State of Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance.

The Treasurer reviews and reconciles receipts, bills, and cash received to assure accuracy of figures to prevent discrepancies and financial loss. In addition, the Treasurer categorizes, indexes, files and deposits materials, forms and monies received to assure public funds are administered properly.
 The Treasurer is responsible for the proper receipt, accounting and disbursement of county funds within proper policies established by the State of Iowa, Monona County Board of Supervisors and corporate and unincorporated taxing entities for adequate financial control.

Payment options available:  The Monona County Treasurer has a variety of options available, including credit & debit card, for paying your property taxes, vehicle license, and title transfers at their counter, along with the existing website payment option.

Financial Management
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifInvestment of Revenues,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifKeep accurate record of monies received and disbursed,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifCheck supporting data for all check and cash receipts from all county monies,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifSubmit accurate financial records for annual audit,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifPrepare monthly reports,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifPrepare reports throughout the year for the Monona County Board of Supervisors and State Auditor,

http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifUpdate Investment Report annually if law changes ,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifACH transfers of monthly tax payments and from auto dealers,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifSend monthly monies to the Iowa Department of Transportation,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifApportion taxes to various entities,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifCollect miscellaneous revenues from all county offices and departments.

Real Estate Division
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifTo collect taxes certified for all real estate, mobile homes, special assessments, utilities,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifProcess Iowa Property Tax Credit Claims for senior citizens or disabled persons,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifPursue collection of tax liens by ordinary lawsuit or by proceeding to the taking of the tax sale deed,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifPrepare for publishing a newspaper notice of tax sale,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifConduct annual, on-line and adjourned tax sales,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifSend notice of delinquent taxes to taxpayers with outstanding taxes as of February 1,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifSend notice of annual tax sale no later than May 1,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifProcess tax sale redemptions.

Motor Vehicle Division
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifLicense, title, collect use tax and motor vehicle registrations in Monona County,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifIssue duplicate, salvage, in lieu and in transit titles,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifRecord and release security interests,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifIssue junking certificates for vehicles that are dismantled or no longer operable,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifPrepare reports for the Iowa Department of Transportation,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifProcess refund claim forms,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifIssue special license plates,
http://co.marion.ia.us/images/extras/arrowsmall.gifWork with Department of Transportation Investigators

Collection of Property Taxes
It is the Treasurer’s duty to collect all taxes, certified by the County Auditor, which includes real estate, mobile homes, special assessments, buildings on leased land, equipment assessed as real estate, utilities and grain handlers . The County Auditor delivers tax lists of the various districts to the Treasurer at the beginning of each fiscal year. Taxes are segregated in taxing districts, and the amounts collected are apportioned to the various funds; State, Area Schools, Ag Extension, Assessor/Appraiser, County, School, corporate entities and townships.

Property Tax Payments
Property taxes may be paid in two installments. The first half is due September 1 and becomes delinquent October 1; the second half is due March 1 and becomes delinquent April 1.
Delinquent interest accrues at the rate of 1.5% per month, rounded to the nearest dollar with a minimum of a dollar.

Payments for redemption from tax sale must be paid by guaranteed funds. The rate of interest required by Iowa law to be paid in a redemption is 2% per month.

Notice of Delinquent Taxes
The law requires that a notice be sent to property owners who have outstanding taxes as of February 1. The notification explains that under Iowa law, it is important for property owners to pay taxes and special assessments when they are due in order to avoid the tax sale.
Iowa law also requires that a notice of the annual tax sale shall be mailed not later than May 1 to the person in whose name the parcel subject to sale is taxed. In compliance with this law, a Delinquent Tax Statement and Tax Sale Notice is mailed in April to provide proper notice of the pending tax sale.

Delinquent taxes as of May 1 are assessed a publication fee and must be advertised for sale at the annual tax sale in June.

Tax Sale
The Annual Tax Sale is held on-line the third Monday in June at 9:00 a.m.at the Monona County Treasurers Office. Any delinquency must be offered for sale at the Regular or Public Bidder Tax Sale. 

Delinquent tax and/or special assessments advertised twice and remaining unsold for want of bidders, must be offered for sale at the annual Public Bidder Sale. Monona County is required by Iowa law to purchase the delinquencies if there is no private sector bidder. Further, once a Certificate of Purchase at Tax Sale has been issued to the County, the Treasurer has the authority to bring an ordinary suit at law for the collection of taxes.

Address of
Treasurer's office:
610 Iowa Ave
Onawa, IA  51040

Hours of Operation
Property Tax

8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Open through lunch hours

Motor Vehicle
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Open through lunch hours
No computer access after 3:45pm
Drivers License:
Renewals 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Written Test 8:00pm by appointment

Driving Test
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
by appointment only

Phone Numbers:

Tax Department
(712) 433-2347

Motor Vehicle Department
(712) 433-2702

Drivers License Department
(712) 433-9566
FAX Number:
(712) 433-2225

Treasurers Forms:

Downloadable forms - Treasurers' office

TreasurersLinks :

Iowa State County
Treasurers Association

Monona Co. Treasurer's Treasurer Association page

Other Related Links:

Iowa Department of Revenue

Iowa Motor Vehicle Division

Pay Your Taxes Online

Iowa Department of Public Safety Agencies

Iowa Department of Transportation Agencies

Laura Oliver

Rhonda Murray
Deputy Treasurer

Tammy Blinde
Driver's License Deputy
Tax Clerk

Vicki Gray
Motor Vehicle Deputy

Jodie Nielsen
Motor Vehicle/Driver's License Clerk

Whitney Neill
Driver's License/Motor Vehicle Clerk