Welcome to Wapello County

Ottumwa, IA 52501


2019 Tax Sale Information - The 2019 Wapello County Tax Sale will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019. The sale will be conducted at the Wapello County Courthouse and bidders shall place their bids online. Bidders need not be present at the courthouse.

Please click on the following links for additional information:      NOTICE TO TAX SALE PURCHASERS 2019

                                                                                                                                Online Tax Sale Registration

If you wish to attend the sale in person, a limited number of computers will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Wireless internet access will be available for bidders using their own laptop.  Please note, all bids must be placed online.  Live bids will NOT be accepted.  To obtain additional information, please email the Treasurer's Office at, or call (641) 683-0040.


If you're Paying Online:

Payments may be made online using an E-Check, Mastercard, Visa, or Discover.  A service delivery fee will apply. You will need a current receipt number (tax) or PIN (vehicle) to pay online.  Call one of our offices for assistance.  

If your E-Check does not "Clear," whether due to lack of funds, or incorrect entry of your ABA or account numbers,  a twenty dollar fee will be charged

Pay Property Taxes;   The statements for the taxes payable in September 2018, and in March 2019, were mailed in August 2018. Taxes become due September 1st and March 1st, and delinquent October 2nd and April 2nd. You have until September 30th to pay, but since September 30th falls on the weekend, you will have until October 1st to pay without penalty this year.  You March 2019 installment will be similar with March 31st falling on Sunday, you will be able to pay April 1st without penalty.  

Pay Your Vehicle tags;   To renew your car license online, you must have a pin number and be free of "Stops," placed on your records by the State of Iowa.                         



In order to redeem a tax sale certificate, you will have to pay in the office or by mail.  You may call for the amount due.  However, between May 1 and July 31, you must pay with certified funds (cash, cashier check, money order or we will accept a debit or credit card [additional fees apply].)  We also require certified funds if a 90-Day Notice of Expiration of Right of Redemption has been served.   If you have questions, please call our office at        641-683-0040.


Office Hours and Locations

  • Tax Department, 2nd Floor of the Courthouse, 101 W. Fourth St:  8:00 - 4:30  Monday - Friday
  • Motor Vehicle Department (Main Office), 102 East Main St:  8:00 - 4:30  Monday - Friday
  • Motor Vehicle, (Satellite Office) 2849 N Court St.:  8:00 - 1:00 Saturday

Contact Information

  • Tax Department   Tax Deputies:   Sandy Billings and Valerie Mc Elroy
  • Motor Vehicle Department    Motor Vehicle Deputies:   Theresa Shipley and Melody Johns
    • Phone:  641-683-4636
    • Fax:      641-683-4634
    • Email Motor Vehicle:
    • Satellite Office  641-682-4855 Ext.52258


            2019 County Holidays

  • January 1,  New Year's Day                    
  • January 21,  Martin Luther King Jr. Day     
  • February 18,  President's Day                           
  • May 27,  Memorial Day                              
  • July 4,  Independence Day                  
  • September 2,  Labor Day                                 
  • November 11,  Veteran's Day                           
  • November 28,  Thanksgiving Day                       
  • November 29,  Day After Thanksgiving               
  • December 24,  Christmas Eve                            
  • December 25,  Christmas                                  


Laurie L. Fountain

Took Office 1/01/2019

I started working in the Treasurer's Office

March 1, 2007, promoted to Delinquent

Tax Collector January 1, 2013, and was 

appointed as Tax Deputy in January 2015.





RANKING:  20th



My staff and I welcome you to the Wapello

County Treasurer's website where

you can conduct business with us 24/7.


Our goal is to make your business

transactions with our office as convenient

and pleasant as possible while providing

you with accurate and efficient service.


Please feel free to contact me by phone

at 641-683-0040 or by email at