County Auditor & Court House
227 South 6th Street
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday - Friday

Phone Numbers

Office: 712.328.5700
Fax: 712.328.4740
TDD: 712.328.5634 or 800.735.2942

Auditor Responsibilities and Services

  • Prepare and certify tax levies
  • Maintain financial records
  • Act as Commissioner of Elections
  • Keep real estate transfer records
  • Serve as clerk to the Board of Supervisors



The Election Department in the Auditor’s Office is responsible for every aspect of conducting an election from voter registration to the final count of the votes.

The Elections Department has a new home on the web!  Go check out our new site at pottcoelections.org.



Serving as the county Financial Officer, the Auditor’s Office is responsible for much of the county’s financial activities.

Taxes – Taxes are prepared annually by the Auditor’s Office and are due September 1st (Delinquent October 1st) and March 1st (Delinquent April 1st).

Levy Rates for 2019-2020 Tax Year

Budget – The County Auditor is responsible for the preparation and calculation of the county budget. The Auditor compiles all department budget requests and submits same to the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors for final approval. After state certification, the County Auditor compiles all taxing authority budgets to levy the taxes.

Pottawattamie County Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020

Accounts Payable – The Auditor’s Office is charged with paying all of the bills incurred by every county department.  This includes daily, monthly and annual balancing with the Treasurer’s office.  County bills are required to be approved by the Board of Supervisors prior to payment.  The public may review all bills upon request.

Tax Credits – Iowa offers homestead, military, family farm, agricultural land and disabled credits to eligible property owners. Disabled credit applications are available in the Treasurer’s Office. All other credit applications are available in the Assessor’s Office.

Payroll – The Auditor’s Office is responsible for the payroll for the more than 400 county employees.  Payroll is responsible for the 26 annual pay periods, withholding reports, insurance related matters, and the IPERS retirement plan.


Real Estate

The Auditor is the overseer of the county plats. A copy of all documents dealing with the transfer of real estate recorded in the Recorder’s office is given to the Auditor’s office.

Each document is proofed for accuracy and chain of title. The document is then entered into the transfer record.

Plat & transfer records are maintained showing the ownership of all parcels of land for taxation purposes.


For more information, please visit the Drainage page.

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Pottawattamie County Emergency Notification System

Pottawattamie Alert is the countywide emergency notification system serving all residents within Pottawattamie County and its communities.

Part of the Alert Iowa System, Pottawattamie Alert is a high-speed notification and weather warning service. This no-charge service is available to businesses and residents of Pottawattamie County and its Communities that allows public officials to warn citizens of pending emergencies, critical public information during disasters, recommended protective actions, and provides automated severe weather warnings tailored to your preferences. The system can also be used to provide other important information to communities.