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    Des Moines Area Property Taxes

    So I'm looking to build a new house somewhere in Urbandale, Waukee, Clive, Johnston, Grimes, etc. Is there a site anywhere that lists the current property tax rates for these cities? I'd like to build wherever has the cheapest rates, but can't seem to find a good site with this info.



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    Re: Des Moines Area Property Taxes

    I ran through this a few years ago, but don't have the specific rates. When I did the analysis, the cheapest combination was West Des Moines Schools combined with Urbandale or Clive city taxes. Johnston Schools/Johnston City was the highest with Waukee Schools and Clive or Urbandale City right in the middle. Can't speak to Grimes.



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    Re: Des Moines Area Property Taxes

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    Waukee is at 38.13 in case you care.


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    Re: Des Moines Area Property Taxes

    I dated someone who worked at Dallas County assessors and she always told me their tax rates were cheaper than Polk. I just bought a place in Urbandale (Dallas County) and the taxes are ridiculously cheaper than the other area of town I was looking at (Beaverdale). Between 1/3-1/2 the tax rates for comparable property values if that helps.


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    Re: Des Moines Area Property Taxes

    I live in Johnston and my taxable is roughly 1/2 my assessed value.

    The difference between Johnston, Clive, Urbandale, Grimes, etc will probably be less than $200/year on a house worth less than $300k. I'd pick the place you want to live.


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    Re: Des Moines Area Property Taxes

    Quote Originally Posted by Tri4Cy View Post
    I dated someone who worked at Dallas County assessors and she always told me their tax rates were cheaper than Polk. I just bought a place in Urbandale (Dallas County) and the taxes are ridiculously cheaper than the other area of town I was looking at (Beaverdale). Between 1/3-1/2 the tax rates for comparable property values if that helps.
    That's interesting. I have a house in Urbandale, Polk county now. I wonder if I built in Urbandale, Dallas County if the taxes would be cheaper?



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    Re: Des Moines Area Property Taxes

    Clive seems to be pretty cheap taxes, but not much room to build. Urbandale and Grimes will probably be the cheaper options, but for me I'd go for Urbandale or Waukee, due to better location.



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    Re: Des Moines Area Property Taxes

    Quote Originally Posted by JWIL4CY View Post
    That's interesting. I have a house in Urbandale, Polk county now. I wonder if I built in Urbandale, Dallas County if the taxes would be cheaper?
    Depends where you live in Urbandale. This was from 2012

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    Urbandale Waukee Comm Dallas 33.45707 $
    Dallas Center/Grimes Dallas 33.15604 $
    Dallas Center/Grimes Polk 38.01767 $
    Des Moines Polk 39.16330 $
    Johnston Comm Polk 37.77646 $
    Urbandale Comm Polk 38.15168 $
    West Des Moines Comm Polk 34.66436



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    Re: Des Moines Area Property Taxes

    Quote Originally Posted by JWIL4CY View Post
    So I'm looking to build a new house somewhere in Urbandale, Waukee, Clive, Johnston, Grimes, etc. Is there a site anywhere that lists the current property tax rates for these cities? I'd like to build wherever has the cheapest rates, but can't seem to find a good site with this info.
    I assume property taxes are just a part of your equation or do you reallly not care about location? The number and variety of amenities closeby in W DM, Urbandale, Clive, & Johnston are more numerous than say Grimes. e.g....restaurants, medical clinics, etc.

    As someone else pointed out, I'd pick location first (based on: commute to work, church, relation to places you tend to visit a lot, biking trails, etc.) and then be sure you're OK with taxes. I can't believe they'd be different enough that you'd later nix your first location choice. Maybe I'm wrong?


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    Re: Des Moines Area Property Taxes

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcityguy View Post
    I assume property taxes are just a part of your equation or do you reallly not care about location? The number and variety of amenities closeby in W DM, Urbandale, Clive, & Johnston are more numerous than say Grimes. e.g....restaurants, medical clinics, etc.

    As someone else pointed out, I'd pick location first (based on: commute to work, church, relation to places you tend to visit a lot, biking trails, etc.) and then be sure you're OK with taxes. I can't believe they'd be different enough that you'd later nix your first location choice. Maybe I'm wrong?
    There's about 3-4 neighborhoods we're looking at that we like equally. We might use property taxes as sort of a tie-breaker.



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    Re: Des Moines Area Property Taxes

    I work in a government field directly related exactly to what you're discussing. The tax rate on something you will build really won't matter in the long run. What matter more is to be where you want to be and raise your family. I know so many people that "move to the country" to escape the higher city tax rates only to not understand those taxes pay for all the services we take for granted. A percent here or there spread out over 12 escrow payments is negligible for all of the western suburbs.



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    Re: Des Moines Area Property Taxes

    I live in Colorado and when I took a look at my dads (Des Moines) taxes I couldnt believe how much they where. Its just about 4 times what mine are here in Colorado. You Iowans don't realize it but you live in a socialist state



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