Iverson named to Iowa appeals panel

Former state legislator Stewart Iverson, of Clarion, has been nominated to lead a panel that handles property assessment appeals throughout Iowa.

His nomination to the Iowa Property Assessment Appeal Board was announced Thursday by Gov. Terry Branstad.

Branstad said he picked Iverson to complete an unexpired term on the board and to become its chairman.

The position has a $137,000 annual salary, according to Tim Albrecht, Branstad’s spokesman. He said that salary is established by state statute and cannot be changed by the governor.

The appointment requires confirmation by the state Senate, which will convene on Jan. 14.

”Stewart Iverson understands the complexities of Iowa’s property tax system, and will take a fair and measured approach on the board,” Branstad said in a written statement.

”I am also pleased Stewart has accepted my request for him to serve as chairman, because his leadership will ensure an open-minded and equitable route for all Iowans who navigate the appeals process,” he added.

Iverson said Thursday that he feels ”very honored to be nominated.”

”I think it’s a pretty important board,” he said. ”I think it helps the citizens if they feel they weren’t properly treated.”

Iverson served for 22 years in the Legislature. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1990 to 1994. He was elected to the state Senate in 1994, and served there from 1995 to 2006. In 1996, Senate Republicans picked him as their leader and he held that post until 2006. He did not run for re-election in 2006 after Senate Republicans ousted him from his leadership post that year.

He returned to the Legislature in 2010, when he won election to the House. He served one two-year term that ended last year.

Before entering the Legislature, he served 15 years on the Dows Community Board of Education.

The three-member Iowa Property Assessment Appeal Board is charged with establishing a consistent and equitable property assessment appeal process. It conducts hearings and has the authority to review any decision by local boards related to contested assessment, valuation or equalization orders. Prior to the creation of the board about eight years ago, property owners who were unhappy with assessment orders by local boards had to go to district court.