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 89th General Assembly, which encompasses both the 2021 and 2022 legislative sessions. The values were reviewed and proposed by the League Legislative Policy Committee and ratified by the League Executive Board on August 13, 2020. They were then approved by League members during the League’s Annual Conference on September 18, 2020. They will be reviewed again in the summer/fall of 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.
Home Rule is the right to make local decisions at the local level – where decisions are made closest to those affected and can be tailored to fit unique conditions, needs, and concerns free from state interference.
The commitment to reimburse local governments for lost resources due to state action must be maintained to prevent an increased burden on property tax payers or a reduction in city services. Mandates imposed on local governments must include appropriate funding mechanisms. Local governments need diversified revenue options that are fair and related to cost drivers.
Maintaining the flexibility of economic development tools is essential for economic growth in cities of all sizes and is vital to the success and advancement of the State of Iowa and its economy. Iowa needs more tools and funding to promote quality of life, community vitality, economic development, and to address housing needs.
Iowa’s infrastructure is in need of repair and upgrade. It is vital that cities of all sizes have the resources to meet the infrastructure, technology, and human needs necessary to connect, transport, and grow.
Safety is essential to the health, stability, and vitality of communities. Cities must have the human and economic resources, tools, and technology to provide appropriate public safety services for their communities and citizens.
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