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  • 2021 Small City Workshops Coming in June 

    Monday, May 17, 2021

    ​The 2021 Small City Workshops will be held in June, featuring four in-person workshops at different locations around the state, along with a virtual session. Each workshop will run 5:30-8 p.m. The cost is $50, dinner is included for the in-person events.

    This year's series is Financing and Funding for City Projects. Cities are faced with the challenge to fund a variety of projects. Some of these needs include facilities, infrastructure and nuisance abatement efforts. The workshop presenters are governmental consultants who serve as bond counsel and funding specialists. The presenters will cover the bond issuance process, urban renewal and TIF authority, capital planning, securing and administering grant funding and practical advice cities can utilize to achieve their goals.

    Workshop Schedule
    June 8 | Glidden
    June 10 | Eagle Grove
    June 15 | Central City
    June 17 | New London
    June 22 | Virtual (via Zoom)

    Additional information and online registration is available on the 2021 Small City Workshops page. ​​​​

     
  • Webinar with Congresswoman Axne May 26 

    Monday, May 17, 2021

    Register for a webinar with Congresswoman Axne happening Wednesday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m., where we’ll discuss what's happening in D.C., the American Rescue Plan, and possible future legislation. Registration is required.
     
  • Innovative Solutions to Lead and Drinking Water Webinar  

    Friday, May 14, 2021

    ​Join Iowa American Water at 10 a.m. on June 10 for a free webinar and hear about insights and possible solutions to identifying and replacing lead service lines within a distribution system, effective treatment techniques to safeguard quality at the tap for water consumers and more! Register now.

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  • Iowa Digital Government Virtual Summit 

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

    The second annual Iowa Digitial Government Summit will be held on June 10 as a day-long Zoom session. Iowans tasked with a wide range of digital government responsibilities will gather to hear general sessions featuring state and nationwide digital government leaders and participate in breakout sessions aimed at all levels of government. The event's keynote speaker is James Clear, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Atomic Habits.

    See the Agenda | Register (free to all government employees in Iowa)​​

     
  • Upcoming Webinars - gWorks 

    Monday, May 03, 2021

    gWorks will be hosting multiple educational webinars during the spring and summer. Each webinar will be about 30 minutes and pre-registration is encouraged. Learn more about each topic by clicking on the registration link.

    How Planning Your Work Reduces Friction and Prevents Emergencies

    Tips and Tricks that Simplify Your Accounts Payable Run
    ​How to Make Your Bank Reconciliation Process Easy and Painless
    June Fiscal Year-End Procedures - Session 1
    June Fiscal Year-End Procedures - Session 2
    Understanding How Dates Affect Bank Reconciliation
    9 Tips and Tricks to Help Keep Your Payroll Process Simple & Stress-Free
    How to Streamline Your Billing Process
    ​Council Reports and What They Tell You

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  • Recording of Webinar on a New FEMA Policy Related to COVID-19 

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    The Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Department recorded a webinar regarding a new FEMA policy related to COVID-19. To access the recorded webinar, as well as the slide deck that was presented, go to Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management's website​. Once on the website, click on the tab PA Disaster Info, then scroll down to PA Disaster Info 4483 and expand it by clicking on the orange circle on the right. 

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  • SF 587 - City Backfill Phase-Out, Elderly Tax Credit, Mental Health Funding 

    Monday, April 26, 2021

    SF 587 | Backfill Phase-Out, Elderly Property Tax Credit, Mental Health Funding 

    In 2013, the Iowa Legislature passed changes to the property tax system in Iowa, including a few components that reduce city property tax revenues. At the same time, they appropriated a "backfill" to help offset portions of these revenue reductions going forward and froze these amounts in the fiscal year 2017.

    SF 587 proposes to phase out the commercial and industrial property tax backfill for every city over either 4 or 6 years, depending on that city's valuation growth. Cities whose total taxable value (not counting gas and electric utilities) in FY21 was more than 31.14% higher than its FY14 value will receive the 4-year phase-out, while cities that have seen less growth receive the 6-year phase-out. You can download the spreadsheet to see if your city gets the 4-or 6-year plan. Note that there are two tabs in the downloadable spreadsheet​. For additional analysis or detail, contact research@iowaleague.org.

    This bill also creates a new elderly tax credit/property tax freeze for individuals who reach 70 years of age and earn less than 250% of the federal poverty level. The way the bill is currently drafted, cities' property tax revenues would be reduced by the amount of additional tax credit that would be required, above the amount that the state would otherwise fund for the traditional elderly tax credit. New applicants of the new elderly tax credit would be fully paid through city property tax reductions. Cities are encouraged to contact their legislators about impacts on their community.

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    Legislative Service Agency: Financial impacts to cities 

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  • 2021 Iowa League of Cities Golf Tourney 

    Monday, April 26, 2021

    Join the Iowa League of Cities on Friday, June 11 at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny for the third annual Iowa League of Cities Golf Tourney, a fundraiser for the Tim Shields Endowment Fund
    Register and learn more​ about the tourney and available sponsorship options.​​

     
  • Possible Raw Materials Shortage 2021 

    Monday, April 26, 2021

    The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has been notified of possible raw material shortages related to roadway safety infrastructure for the 2021 construction season. This results from several factors, including reduced production from COVID-19 plant shutdowns and the extreme weather events in the Midwest/Texas this past February. This tightening of raw materials impacts metals and petroleum-based products, including aluminum, steel, plastic, and pavement marking and high friction surface treatment resins. 

    This has the potential to impact the availability of:

    • pavement markings

    • signs

    • traffic control devices including drums, barricades, channelizers, cones, and delineator posts

    • steel which may include guardrail, cable barriers, and other positive protection/work zone safety devices

    • electrical components of message signs, arrow boards, speed trailers, and portable traffic signals.

    If any of your federal or state-funded transportation projects are impacted by this possible material shortage, or if you have any questions about this information, please contact your Regional Field Technician or Engineer.  Contact information is available on the Iowa DOT's website.

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  • IDOT Releases COVID-19 Funding Info 

    Monday, April 12, 2021

    ​The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) recently announced funding allocations for the state, county governments and city governments stemming from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, which included $121.9 million of federal highway COVID-19 relief for Iowa. The Iowa Transportation Commission approved a plan to meet the congressional intent of backfilling lost state transportation revenues by allocating the funding using Iowa's existing Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) formulas.

    Allocations to cities can be viewed by downloading an Excel sheet from the Iowa DOT. Cities and will receive these funds as part of the regular April RUTF payments. These funds have the same restrictions and flexibilities as other RUTF monies.​​

     
  • National League of Cities American Rescue Plan Survey 

    Monday, March 29, 2021

    The passage of the historic American Rescue Plan means over $65 Billion will be delivered directly to cities, towns and villages. To gauge how conditions, from the economy and infrastructure to housing and education, have changed this past year and how new funding will be used to address these challenges, the National League of Cities (NLC) is conducting a short survey and invites you to participate. 

    The results will be part of NLC’s research efforts to showcase local leadership during the pandemic. They will also shape the type of strategies and programs NLC is developing to help communities leverage newly available funds. Make your voice count! Please respond no later than Tuesday, March 30. Complete the Survey​

     
  • HUD Older Adult Homes Modification Program 

    Friday, March 05, 2021

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Older Adult Home Modification Program (OAHMP)​ is now accepting grant applications through May 5, 2021. City governments are among those eligible to apply. The overall purpose of the Older Adult Home Modification Program (OAHMP) is to assist experienced nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and public housing authorities in undertaking comprehensive programs that make safe and functional home modifications and limited repairs to meet the needs of low-income elderly homeowners. The goal of the home modification program is to enable low-income elderly persons to remain in their homes through low-cost, low barrier, high impact home modifications to reduce older adults’ risk of falling, improve general safety, increase accessibility, and improve their functional abilities in their home. This will enable older adults to remain in their homes, that is, to “age in place,” rather than move to nursing homes or other assisted care facilities.
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  • Iowa DOT COVID-19 Impacts on Highway, Road, Street Funding and Relief Funding Allocation Feedback Requested 

    Thursday, February 11, 2021

    The Iowa DOT released a COVID-19 memo with an update on COVID-19 impacts on highway/road/street funding. It also outlines its recommendations for allocation of Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021​ (CRRSAA) federal relief funding to local governments. Any related input is sought by February 26.​​​​
     
  • Utility Rate Survey 

    Monday, February 01, 2021

    The League recently conducted its biennial Utility Rate Survey, concluding in winter 2020. With 365 cities and local government organizations participating, we hope this information will provide a great resource for comparison purposes during future utility rate reviews. The survey participants represent a diverse set of communities across the state in terms of geographic location, community population and utility rate structure.​​​
     
  • Iowa LTAP Work Zone Sign Package Program Applications Due November 27 

    Monday, November 02, 2020

    The Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Small City Work Zone Sign Package Program is open and will be accepting applications until November 27. The program assists small cities, less than 10,000 in population, to make their work zones safer for workers and the public by acquiring a basic work zone sign/device package. Applications can be found on Iowa LTAP's website​.