County Base Information

County CourthouseUnder 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 NumberCountyFY 2023 Base
1 ADAIR
$287
2 ADAMS
$1,541
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
$2,303
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
$1,935
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
$1,175
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
$1,933
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