The League’s legislative values are the cornerstone which our legislative strategy is built around.
In 2020, the Iowa League of Cities Legislative Values were adopted for the 90th General Assembly. The values were reviewed and proposed by the League Legislative Policy Committee and ratified by the League Executive Board on August 11, 2022. They were then approved by League members during the League’s Annual Conference on September 28, 2022.
The five headlines; Local Control, Financial Stability, Economic Development, Infrastructure, and Public Safety, are reflective of core areas of importance that have been important to cities for at least decades, if not centuries. They are derived from many surveys of Iowa League members over the years, the continued discussion amongst our membership, and by engaged members like yourselves serving on the Board and League committees.
Residents benefit from Home Rule: the Constitutional right to make local decisions at the local level – closest to those affected and tailored to fit unique conditions, needs, and concerns.
Cities need financial stability to provide predictability and transparency for residents. This requires that the State maintain its commitment to hold cities harmless for state policies, not pass unfunded mandates, and ensure that local governments have diversified revenue options.
The Iowa League of Cities, in partnership with the State of Iowa, supports the use of various tools and funding to promote quality of life, community vitality, economic development, and to address housing needs. Maintaining the flexibility of economic development tools is essential to cities of all sizes.
Cities of all sizes require the resources to meet infrastructure, technology, and human needs necessary to transport, connect, and thrive.
Safety is essential to the health, stability, and vitality of Iowa. Cities must have the human and economic resources, tools, and technology to provide public safety services for their communities.
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