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 2021 is set forth below:


 

County NumberCountyFY 2021 Base
1 ADAIR
$253
2 ADAMS
$1,359
3 ALLAMAKEE
$8,610
4 APPANOOSE
$9,678
5 AUDUBON
$3,263
6 BENTON
$8,044
7 BLACK HAWK
$167,223
8 BOONE
$7,366
9 BREMER
$1,218
10 BUCHANAN
$5,127
11 BUENA VISTA
$2,041
12 BUTLER
$5,465
13 CALHOUN
$1,452
14 CARROLL
$1,756
15 CASS
$1,337
16 CEDAR
$6,765
17 CERRO GORDO
$6,114
18 CHEROKEE
$576
19 CHICKASAW
$6,555
20 CLARKE
$2,019
21 CLAY
$2,582
22 CLAYTON
$7,369
23 CLINTON
$91,624
24 CRAWFORD
$1,361
25 DALLAS
$825
26 DAVIS
$953
27 DECATUR
$1,818
28 DELAWARE
$5,958
29 DES MOINES
$22,757
30 DICKINSON
$3,385
31 DUBUQUE
$100,669
32 EMMET
$2,792
33 FAYETTE
$21,629
34 FLOYD
$7,782
35 FRANKLIN
$1,598
36 FREMONT
$3,357
37 GREENE
$4,966
38 GRUNDY
$14.128
39 GUTHRIE
$764
40 HAMILTON
$18,030
41 HANCOCK
$1,321
42 HARDIN
$13,204
43 HARRISON
$1,063
44 HENRY
$7,987
45 HOWARD
$16,795
46 HUMBOLDT
$2,404
47 IDA
$595
48 IOWA
$2,217
49 JACKSON
$7,582
50 JASPER
$19,057
51 JEFFERSON
$5,906     
52 JOHNSON
$83,671
53 JONES
$10,367
54 KEOKUK
$621
55 KOSSUTH
$1,379
56 LEE
$13,216
57 LINN
$149,153
58 LOUISA
$2,218
59 LUCAS
$2,031
60 LYON
$2,016
61 MADISON
$2,191
62 MAHASKA
$2,424
63 MARION
$1,853
64 MARSHALL
$30,431
65 MILLS
$2,429
66 MITCHELL
$2,774
67 MONONA
$1,706
68 MONROE
$9,883
69 MONTGOMERY
$3,849
70 MUSCATINE
$6,321
71 O'BRIEN
$4,277
72 OSCEOLA
$1,894
73 PAGE
$3,008
74 PALO ALTO
$2,704
75 PLYMOUTH
$1,036
76 POCAHONTAS
$1,177
77 POLK
$259,004
78 POTTAWATTAMIE
$38,485
79 POWESHIEK
$11,345
80 RINGGOLD
$929
81 SAC
$1,473
82 SCOTT
$51,834
83 SHELBY
$3,380
84 SIOUX
$1,705
85 STORY
$43,892
86 TAMA
$20,059
87 TAYLOR
$3,452
88 UNION
$11,202
89 VAN BUREN
$1,578
90 WAPELLO
$23,241
91 WARREN
$3,357
92 WASHINGTON
$9,816
93 WAYNE
$446
94 WEBSTER
$33,286
95 WINNEBAGO
$561
96 WINNESHIEK
$8,781
97 WOODBURY
$239,124
98 WORTH
$422
99 WRIGHT
$7,840