By PETER HUSSMANN
Jasper County's total taxable valuations continue to be bumped higher and higher, the latest report issued today by the Jasper County Auditor's office indicate.
The third report issued by the auditor's office this week shows that total taxable value for all property in Jasper County stood at $1.391 billion as of Jan. 1, 2011, a $79 million increase over values reported last year.
Today's report, which follows two instances earlier this week where the information was removed from the Iowa Department of Management's web site to allow officials to "correct a few errors," shows that total valuations increased by $58 million for urban properties to $666 million and $21 million for rural properties to $725 million.
Each time the information was posted the total values went up, from $1.366 billion to 1.383 billion to $1.391 billion.
The valuations are used by local taxing jurisdictions as the first step in determining levy rates necessary to fund city, school and county operations.
The valuation figures released today show that the City of Newton's total value as of Jan. 1, 2011 was $462 million, up $33 million from one year ago.
The Newton Community School District's total valuation was recorded at $702 million, up $43 million from last year's level.
You can download the latest report below.