Polk County Assessor

Bill would remove the names of judges, police and prosecutors from online records

BY: - February 16, 2021

Iowa counties would have to develop a process for removing the names of judges, prosecutors and police from public records that are posted online if a bill now being considered by state lawmakers becomes law. Members of the public would be billed for the expense of creating that process through an additional fee they’d be […]

Polk County fights to keep records secret, citing ‘morbid curiosity’ of those who seek access

BY: - January 22, 2021

A legal battle over public access to a secret list of property owners maintained by Polk County is about to enter its fifth year, with county officials arguing that disclosure would only serve to satisfy “whatever morbid curiosity there is in the information.” Final written briefs in the case were recently submitted to the Iowa […]

Judge says Polk County’s secret list of property owners is public information

BY: - June 19, 2020

A lawsuit filed by Polk County in an effort to keep secret records pertaining to certain property owners has been dismissed by an Iowa judge. For the past three years, the county has fought to keep secret the identity of property owners whose names have been pulled from the search engine on the county assessor’s […]