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 2019 is set forth below:


 

County NumberCountyFY 2020 Base
1 ADAIR
$250
2 ADAMS
$1,346
3 ALLAMAKEE
$8,525
4 APPANOOSE
$9,582
5 AUDUBON
$3,231
6 BENTON
$7,964
7 BLACK HAWK
$165,567
8 BOONE
$7,293
9 BREMER
$1,206
10 BUCHANAN
$5,121
11 BUENA VISTA
$2,021
12 BUTLER
$5,411
13 CALHOUN
$1,438
14 CARROLL
$1,739
15 CASS
$1,324
16 CEDAR
$6,698
17 CERRO GORDO
$6,053
18 CHEROKEE
$570
19 CHICKASAW
$6,490
20 CLARKE
$1,999
21 CLAY
$2,556
22 CLAYTON
$7,296
23 CLINTON
$90,717
24 CRAWFORD
$1,348
25 DALLAS
$817
26 DAVIS
$944
27 DECATUR
$1,800
28 DELAWARE
$5,899
29 DES MOINES
$22,532
30 DICKINSON
$3,351
31 DUBUQUE
$99,672
32 EMMET
$2,764
33 FAYETTE
$21,415
34 FLOYD
$7,705
35 FRANKLIN
$1,582
36 FREMONT
$3,324
37 GREENE
$4,917
38 GRUNDY
$13,988
39 GUTHRIE
$756
40 HAMILTON
$17,851
41 HANCOCK
$1,308
42 HARDIN
$13,073
43 HARRISON
$1,052
44 HENRY
$7,908
45 HOWARD
$16,629
46 HUMBOLDT
$2,380
47 IDA
$589
48 IOWA
$2,195
49 JACKSON
$7,507
50 JASPER
$18,868
51 JEFFERSON
$5,848     
52 JOHNSON
$82,843
53 JONES
$10,264
54 KEOKUK
$615
55 KOSSUTH
$1,365
56 LEE
$13,085
57 LINN
$147,676
58 LOUISA
$2,196
59 LUCAS
$2,011
60 LYON
$1,996
61 MADISON
$2,169
62 MAHASKA
$2,400
63 MARION
$1,835
64 MARSHALL
$30,130
65 MILLS
$2,405
66 MITCHELL
$2,747
67 MONONA
$1,689
68 MONROE
$9,785
69 MONTGOMERY
$3,811
70 MUSCATINE
$6,258
71 O'BRIEN
$4,235
72 OSCEOLA
$1,875
73 PAGE
$2,979
74 PALO ALTO
$2,678
75 PLYMOUTH
$1,026
76 POCAHONTAS
$1,165
77 POLK
$256,440
78 POTTAWATTAMIE
$38,104
79 POWESHIEK
$11,233
80 RINGGOLD
$920
81 SAC
$1,458
82 SCOTT
$51,321
83 SHELBY
$3,347
84 SIOUX
$1,688
85 STORY
$43,457
86 TAMA
$19,860
87 TAYLOR
$3,418
88 UNION
$11,091
89 VAN BUREN
$1,562
90 WAPELLO
$23,011
91 WARREN
$3,324
92 WASHINGTON
$9,719
93 WAYNE
$442
94 WEBSTER
$32,956
95 WINNEBAGO
$555
96 WINNESHIEK
$8,694
97 WOODBURY
$236,756
98 WORTH
$418
99 WRIGHT
$7,762