Welcome to Wapello County
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Effective November 18, 2020, all Wapello County Buildings will be closed to the public until further notice. This is an attempt to maintain continuity of operations and limit potential exposure to COVID-19/Corona Virus.
We will still be available to assist you by phone, mail and email. Business matters that require immediate attention will be taken care of by appointment. My staff and I thank you for your cooperation during these unprecedented and trying times. By working together, we will get through this.
Property Tax Department: 101 W Fourth St, Ottumwa, IA 52501
Motor Vehicle Department: 102 E Main St, Ottumwa, IA 52501
Please continue to check back for updates should anything change.
NOTICE: Beginning February 1, 2020, we will require a Bill of Sale for transferring vehicle titles. Bill of Sale flyer February 2020
Bill of Sale
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 2020, and in March 2021 were mailed on August 11, 2020. Taxes become due September 1st and March 1st, and delinquent October 1st and April 1st.
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.
2020 Tax Sale Information - The 2020 Wapello County Tax Sale was suspended in June 2020, per the Governor's Proclamation of Disaster Emergency. Please contact our office for details.
RE: TAX SALE REDEMPTIONS
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 any 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 only
- Tax Department Tax Deputies: Sandy Billings and Valerie Mc Elroy
- Motor Vehicle Department Motor Vehicle Deputies: Theresa Shipley and Melody Johns
2020 County Holidays
- January 1, New Year's Day
- January 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- February 17, President's Day
- May 25, Memorial Day
- July 3, Independence Day
- September 7, Labor Day
- November 11, Veteran's Day
- November 26, Thanksgiving Day
- November 27, 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.
ABOUT WAPELLO COUNTY
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