Under Iowa Code section 232.141, subsections (2) and (3), counties are responsible for paying a portion of the juvenile court expenses incurred by an attorney appointed to serve as counsel to any party or to serve as a guardian ad litem for any child.   These costs may include reasonable compensation for the attorney or guardian ad litem as well as the expenses for foreign language interpreters, costs of depositions and transcripts, fees and mileage of witnesses, and the expenses of officers serving notices and subpoenas incurred by the court-appointed attorney.

Claims for all such expenses are to be submitted to the Office of the State Public Defender, which initially pays all such juvenile court expenses from the Indigent Defense Fund.  The county is required to reimburse the Indigent Defense Fund for these costs incurred up to the county’s base amount each fiscal year. The county base amount formula is found in Iowa Code section 232.141(3)(a). The Office of the State Public Defender updates the county base amounts annually and requests payment from each county by March 31 each year.

The county base amount owed to the indigent defense fund for each county for Fiscal Year 2022 is set forth below:

 

County Base

County Number

County 

FY 2023

1

ADAIR

$287

2

ADAMS

$11,541

3

ALLAMAKEE

$9,764

4

APPANOOSE

$10,975

5

AUDUBON

$3,700

6

BENTON

$9,122

7 

BLACK HAWK

$189,631

8

BOONE

$8,353

9

BREMER

$1,381

10

BUCHANAN

$5,865

11

BUENA VISTA

$2,314

12

BUTLER

$6,197

13

CALHOUN 

$1,647

14

CARROLL

$1,991

15 

CASS

$1,516

16

CEDAR

$7,671

17

CERRO GORDO

$6,933

18

CHEROKEE

$653

19

CHICKASAW

$7,433

20 

CLARKE

$2,290

21

CLAY

$2,928

22 

CLAYTON

$8,356

23

CLINTON

$103,902

24

CRAWFORD

$1,543

25

DALLAS

$936

26

DAVIS

$1,001

27

DECATUR

$2,602

28

DELAWARE

$6,756

29

DES MOINES

$25,806

30

DICKINSON

$3,839

31 

DUBUQUE

$114,159

32

EMMET

$3,166

33

FAYETTE

$24,527

34 

FLOYD

$8,825

35

FRANKLIN

$1,812

36

FREMONT

$3,807

37

GREENE

$5,631

38

GRUNDY

$16,021

39

GUTHRIE

$866

40 

HAMILTON

$20,446

41

HANCOCK

$1,498

42

HARDIN

$14,973

43

HARRISON

$1,205

44

HENRY

$9,057

45

HOWARD

$19,045

46

HUMBOLDT

$2,726

47

IDA

$675

48

IOWA

$2,514

49

JACKSON

$8,598

50

JASPER

$21,611

51

JEFFERSON

$6,697

52

JOHNSON

$94,883

53

JONES

$11,756

54

KEOKUK

$704

55

KOSSUTH

$1,564

56

LEE

$14,987

57

LINN

$169,139

58

LOUISA 

$2,515

59

LUCAS

$2,203

60

LYON

$2,286

61

MADISON

$2,485

62

MAHASKA

$2,749

63

MARION

$2,101

64

MARSHALL

$34,509

65

MILLS

$2,754

66 

MITCHELL

$3,146

67

MONONA

$1,1935

68

MONROE

$11,207

69

MONTGOMERY

$4,365

70

MUSCATINE

$7,168

71

O'BRIEN

$4,850

72

OSCEOLA

$2,148

73

PAGE

$3,411

74

PALO ALTO

$3,067

75

PLYMOUTH

$1,375

76

POCAHONTAS

$1,335

77

POLK

$293,710

78

POTTAWATTAMIE

$43,642

79

POWESHIEK

$12,865

80

RINGGOLD

$1,053

81

SAC

$1,670

82

SCOTT

$58,780

83

SHELBY

$3,833

84

SIOUX

$1,9333

85

STORY

$49,773

86

TAMA

$22,747

87

TAYLOR

$3,915

88

UNION

$12,703

89

VAN BUREN

$1,789

90

WAPELLO

$26,355

91

WARREN

$3,807

92

WASHINGTON

$11,131

93

WAYNE

$506

94

WEBSTER

$37,746

95

WINNEBAGO

$636

96

WINNESHIEK

$9,958

97

WOODBURY

$271,167

98

WORTH

$479

99

WRIGHT

$8,891