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IPIB AO 2017-11

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Condemnation Adjustment Factor

IPIB AO 2017-11

November 16, 2017

SUBJECT:  Condemnation Adjustment Factor

Kevin Kilgore
1695 115th Street
Diagonal, Iowa 50845

Dear Mr. Kilgore:

This opinion is in response to your filing of October 19, 2017, requesting an opinion from the Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB) pursuant to Iowa Code section 23.6 and rule 497—1.2.  We note at the outset that IPIB’s jurisdiction is limited to the application of Iowa Code chapters 21, 22, and 23, and rules in Iowa Administrative Code chapter 497.  Advice in a Board opinion, if followed, constitutes a defense to a subsequent complaint based on the same facts and circumstances.

FACTUAL STATEMENT:  You request an advisory opinion regarding certain questions arising from a condemnation adjustment event pursuant to Iowa Code chapters 6A and 6B in relation to home rule authority.


  1. Should the condemnation adjustment factor be a number developed and promulgated by the Iowa Department of Revenue?
  2. Is the condemnation adjustment factor (assessed vs fair market value) for each county (Assessor with Board of Supervisors approval) different than the condemnation adjustment factor for cities with their own Assessor?


The questions you ask are not within the jurisdiction of the Board.  Rule 497-1.2 states:

497—1.2(23) Requirements for requesting board advisory opinions. 1.2(1) Jurisdiction. The board will only issue advisory opinions pertaining to Iowa Code chapters 21 and 22, or rules adopted thereunder. The board shall not have jurisdiction over the judicial or legislative branches of state government or any entity, officer, or employee of those branches, or over the governor or the office of the governor.

The IPIB does not have the authority to issue guidance on condemnation adjustment factors.  You cite Iowa Code section 22.3 as providing that authority to the IPIB.  However, this section concerns the supervision of record review and fees for the expenses of responding to a record request, not condemnation adjustment factors. 

Pursuant to Iowa Administrative Rule 497-1.3(3), a person who has received a board opinion may, within 30 days after the issuance of the opinion, request modification or reconsideration of the opinion.  A request for modification or reconsideration shall be deemed denied unless the board acts upon the request within 60 days of receipt of the request.  The IPIB may take up modification or reconsideration of an advisory opinion on its own motion within 30 days after the issuance of an opinion.

Pursuant to Iowa Administrative Rule 497-1.3(5), a person who has received a board opinion or advice may petition for a declaratory order pursuant to Iowa Code section 17A.9.  The IPIB may refuse to issue a declaratory order to a person who has previously received a board opinion on the same question, unless the requestor demonstrates a significant change in circumstances from those in the board opinion.


Mary Ungs-Sogaard, Chair
E. J. Giovannetti
Keith Luchtel
Monica McHugh
William Peard
Julie Pottorff
Suzan Stewart
Renee Twedt

Submitted by: Margaret E. Johnson, Executive Director

ISSUED ON: November 16, 2017

















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