Welcome to Wapello County

                                                                      Ottumwa, IA 52501


THE CURRENT YEAR'S TAXES ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!!  You can now print a copy of your tax statement on our website by entering the payment information, and clicking on "Display Details".  

Experience The Convenience of 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.:  8:30 - 1:00/1:30 - 4:30  Tuesday - Friday & 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

New Year's Day                         January 1

Martin Luther King Jr. Day          January 21

President's Day                         February 18

Memorial Day                            May 27

Independence Day                     July 4

Labor Day                                 September 2

Veteran's Day                            November 11

Thanksgiving Day                       November 28

Day After Thanksgiving               November 29

Christmas Eve                            December 24

Christmas                                  December 25


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 at any time.