Why is equalization necessary?
Equalization is important because it helps maintain equitable assessments among classes of property and among assessing jurisdictions. This contributes to a more fair distribution of state aid, such as aid to schools. It also helps to equally distribute the total tax burden within the area.

Equalization helps ensure that all classes of property have been assessed at the value according to state law and that taxation is applied equitably statewide.

A process called "equalization" is applied every two years to ensure that property values are comparable among jurisdictions and complies with Iowa code.

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1. What is an Equalization Order?
2. Why is equalization necessary?
3. How is an Equalization Order determined?
4. How will I know if my property receives an Equalization Order?