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The Itat Quarterly

Anamosa State Penitentiary - Anamosa, Iowa

Fiscal Year 2024 - Q4 Edition

Welcome to The ITAT Quarterly!

The ITAT Quarterly newsletter is brought to you by the county treasurers of It is designed to increase communications and provide treasurers with information on hot-topic issues that concern Iowa county treasurers.

As we transition from the vibrant hues of spring to the warmth of summer, I am delighted to welcome you to our latest quarterly newsletter. It is an exciting time of the year for many with the school year coming to an end and kids sporting activities ramping up.  My weekends have been filled with lots of 5- and 7-year-old girls’ soccer and softball games which I love as long as the weather cooperates 😊.  

In this edition, we'll provide updates on current ITAT initiatives, important upcoming dates, and a spotlight on the Jones County Treasurer, Amy Picray.

ITAT will be hitting the road next month for the Iowa Treasurers' May conference in Clear Lake.  We are looking forward to meeting all of the treasurers from across the State, hearing about your needs and sharing our plan for the future of Be sure to stop by and say hello.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support. Should you have any questions or require assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Don Lewis, CPA, ITAT Project Manager

County Treasurer Spotlight

Amy L. Picray, Jones County

Q&A with Jones County Treasurer Amy Picray

Q: How long have you been treasurer for Jones County?
A: On June 5th it will be 18 years

Q: How did you get your start?
A: I interviewed for the Tax Deputy position in the Jones County Treasurer’s Office in the spring of my senior year at the University of Wyoming. The prior Treasurer hired me after two phone interviews and had never met me face to face. 10 years later when she resigned, I was appointed to fulfill her term.

Q: How many team members do you have in your office?
A: There are seven employees in the treasurer’s office including myself.

Q: What are some successes that you have had during your time as treasurer?
A: I have served on both the ISCTA board and the ICTEA board.  I helped to bring online tax sales to Iowa and assure the process was compliant with Iowa law.  I started a grass roots campaign to increase funding to counties providing Driver’s License services. This came to fruition in the Spring of 2023 when the legislature passed a bill allowing counties to charge a ten dollar convenience fee to individuals that do not reside in that county or pay property taxes in that county.

Q: What are some challenges you have faced and how have you overcome those challenges?
A: It’s always a challenge staying current on new legislation and rules.

Q: What solutions or accomplishments are you most proud of?
A: My contribution to the online tax sale, passage of legislation to allow for the collection of the driver’s license ten dollar convenience fee, and running unopposed in five elections for Jones County Treasurer.

Q: What are your future goals for your team and your office?
A: To continue providing courteous and efficient service to our customers and increase the revenue brought into our county for driver’s license services.

Q: What are you looking forward to most?
A: Retirement!

Q: What is something about you that most people don't know?
A: I was born in Australia and skipped fourth grade.

Q: What is something unique to your county?
A: Jones County is the birthplace of Grant Wood, an American painter best known for his painting American Gothic featuring a pitchfork-bearing farm couple. The first county fair in Iowa was held in Jones County.

Q: Any closing comments?
A: One of my favorite aspects of my job is dispelling the stereotype that government or department of motor vehicle offices are rude and unhelpful. I truly love serving customers and helping them to overcome obstacles. 

Amy L. Picray, Jones County Treasurer

Featured Enhancements

The ITAT Development Team is continuously making improvements to make Iowa Tax And Tags the best payment site possible. Some of the higher profile enhancements that the team is working on include:

  • ITAT User Accounts (In-Process) – The ITAT development team has completed the design phase and are scheduled to begin development in May.
  • Point of Sale (POS) Upgrades (In-Process) – The new POS devices have been rolled out at Polk and Linn counties with the rollout to the remaining counties planned for May.  Cashiers and members of the public have provided a lot of positive feedback on the new devices. They are excited to use the more modern POS devices with EMV and NFC (tap to pay) payment options.  Apple Pay and Google Pay have been popular options with our more tech-savvy customers.  Once the devices have been received by ITAT, we will schedule delivery and setup with each county. 


Adam Draayer, ITAT Project Owner

User Accounts Up Next!
The ITAT team has been hard at work paying down our 'tech debt' the last two sprints (two week cycles of work) while also working on our new FORMs application to support back office staff with drafting return letters. If you or your team struggles with getting correction letters out the door to resolve incorrect paperwork, reach out to Adam to get a sneak peak at what we're working on!

Once we've finished paying our tech debt (or things we wanted to do on the back end of the software but didn't have time for) the team will start work on the ITAT User Accounts process. This will include the ability to create an account, save parcels or tags to that profile, save payment methods to your profile, and then finally, schedule payments for any taxes owed. This is a minor tweak from the initial design vision taking into account YOUR feedback. Thank you again for participating in the surveys and meetings to help shape this technology.

The scheduled payments will allow customers who have created accounts to configure payments for any taxes or tags that have been received by ITAT systems. This means that they will be able to schedule and pay taxes that are either recieved from ARTS or sent from your property tax systems. This approach avoids us having to calculate amounts owed and ensures that customers aren't accidently paying amounts they are no longer responsible for

We are excited to begin work on this next chapter of the ITAT journey and can't wait to show you what we've got cooking!



Event/Location Date/Time
Delinquent Tax Notices Mailed May 1, 2024
Low Income Claim Due to the State May 1, 2024
ISCTA 2024 Annual Conference May 14-17, 2024
Subsequent Tax Payments Eligible for T.S. Certificate Holders May 16, 2024
Memorial Day - Office Closed May 27, 2024
Family Farm Credit from State June 15, 2024 (approximate)
Elderly/Disabled Credit from State June 15, 2024 (approximate)
Remit Brucellosis & Tuberculosis (TB) Eradication Funds to State June 15, 2024 (approximate)
Annual County Tax Sale June 17, 2024
Juneteenth - Office Closed June 19, 2024
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2024
Independence Day - Office Closed July 4, 2024
Ag Land Credit from State July 15, 2024


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