The Marion County Board of Supervisors has approved a Disaster declaration, which took effect March 17.

In accordance with President Trump’s “15 Days to Control the Spread,” Supervisors urge residents to suspend all non-essential travel (including work and vacation travel) until further notice.

Additionally, Supervisors approved the suspension of certain county government functions, effective March 18. The following county offices are closed to the public or have limited access until further notice:

All Marion County Courthouse Offices have moved to a temporary location at the former East Elementary School, located at 614 E. Washington St. in Knoxville.

The Auditor’s office is closed to the public, with the exception of receiving candidate filing papers through March 25. Voter registrations can be done on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website

The Treasurer’s Office is closed to the public. Property tax, motor vehicle and driver’s license renewal servi ces will be available online at If you need to transfer a title, you may call the treasurer’s office at 641-828-2202 for step by step instructions.

  • Please note:
    • While Governor Kim Reynolds’ proclamation suspends interest and penalty for 15 days, property taxes are not suspended, and the Treasurer’s Office will still be collecting them.

    The Assessor’s Office will be closed to the public. Citizens can apply for Homestead Credit, Military Exemption and Business Property Tax Cred online at in addition to petition forms and rent reimbursement forms.

    The Recorder’s Office is closed to the public, including the passport office. Individuals can access information regarding the DNR and renew hunting or fishing licenses online. For information regarding concerns for boat, ATV or snow machine fees, call the office and send a check. Individuals can request vital records by mail from the county or go to to access the state of Iowa or call 866-809-0290. Record or search land records at or mail to Marion County Recorder, 214 E Main St, Knoxville.

    Marion County Public Health will conduct business on an appointment only basis. Call 641-828-2238 ext. 0 or your program contact for an appointment. Meals On Wheels services will continue to be provided, and Environmental Health is continuing its functions. Contact Bridget for this service at 641-828-2238 ext. 251. WIC will still provide benefits, but limited person-to-person contact is now in effect until further notice. Please call WIC for further information at 641-828-2238 ext. 25. The I-Smile Program is discontinuing direct services until further notice.

    • The MCPH WIC Program continues to serve clients by appointment via phone. Clients are still receiving benefits and benefits are not being discontinued. If individuals have any questions about WIC services or benefits, please call 641-828-2238 ext. 4.

    The Zoning Department will be closed to the public. Building permits and septic permits, complaints, rezoning requests and land division information can be submitted/requested online. Individuals can call 641-828-2231 ext. 7 for more information.

    The physical location of the Marion County Sheriff’s office, located at 211 N. Godfrey, is closed to the public. All inmate visits can be conducted online at In the event of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1 as law enforcement and emergency response will continue their regular shifts.

    • The department will continue to issue/renew gun permits via mail, which may delay the process.

    The Roads Department office will be closed to the public. Individuals are encouraged to utilize all online options. However, if someone feels their need cannot be met online, please contact this department by phone or email: 641-828-2225 or

    The Veteran Affairs office is by appointment only. Please call 641-828-2201 or 812-322-8595 to schedule an appointment.

    The County Attorney’s office will remain open. If an individual has a pending criminal case, they should contact their attorney to learn when their next court hearing will be. At this time, court hearings will take place at 614 E. Washington Street, not the Marion County Courthouse. A full list of attorney phone numbers, both criminal and juvenile, can be found on the Marion County Attorney’s website:

    • Anyone who received notice they were a perspective juror for March 2020 does not need to contact the office, as their service has concluded. April jurors will need to start calling the number listed on their summons on April 17.

    The Marion County Courthouse offices will be moving from the Historic Marion County courthouse on the square to East Elementary School from Monday, March 23 to Wednesday, Marcy 25.

    For more details and updates for the Marion County offices, you can visit

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