In The News

  • 2017 IMPI Scholarships Open 

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Many grant opportunities are available for the Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute in July 2017.

    • The Municipal Clerks Education Foundation (MCEF) of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) is offering scholarships to attend Municipal Clerks Institutes and Academies in 2017. The deadline is March 1, 2017.
    • The Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute (MPI) and the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association (IMFOA) will also have scholarships available for 2017 to cover registration fees. These applications are due April 3, 2017. The MPI scholarships are open to ALL Iowa municipal clerks. The IMFOA scholarships are open to Iowa municipal clerks who are members of IMFOA.

    Other opportunities for scholarships may be available through regional organizations in your area, please contact them directly for more information.

     
  • 2017 League Property Tax Model 

    Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    The League has developed Property Tax Model for cities to gauge an estimated impact of Division II and III of the property tax reform (SF295) law passed during the 2012-2013 legislative session. Each year, an updated model has been released. This update includes information related to Division III, which established the new multi-residential class of property and the backfill information to date. This model does not include additional city impacts included within the law relative to Divisions I or IV. The model was updated in December 2016; the information included is based on forward projections only. 
    Note that this model was created for estimation purposes only, and not intended for use in annual budget forms. See model assumptions.
     
  • Legislative Day 2017 

    Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    ​Join us on February 7 for the Iowa League of Cities Legislative Day! As a city official, the League Legislative Day gives you a wonderful opportunity to learn more about what is taking place at the Capitol and how it affects your city. In addition, the day provides you with an opportunity to share ideas with each other and legislators.

     
  • Iowa Bicycle Summit to be Held January 19 

    Thursday, January 05, 2017

    ​The 2017 Iowa Bicycle Summit will be held Thursday, January 19 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The summit is an annual conference providing education on the latest bicycle facilities, technology and programming.

    Now in its 11th year, the summit brings national speakers to Iowa to share bicycle facility successes and best practices from around the U.S. This year the Iowa Bicycle Coalition has added several events including a Safe Routes to School Conference, a Regional Fat Bikes Summit and DRAFT: A PeopleForBikes Meet-up. Additional information and online registration is available on the Iowa Bicycle Summit Web site.

     
  • Cityscape ePub 

    Tuesday, January 03, 2017

    The League's electronic Cityscape magazine ePub magazine for the January 2017 issue has been released.

    Take the time to select your subscription preference: print, electronic or both. Unless action is taken, your subscription will continue to note a preference for print. Visit www.iowaleague.org to change your preference.

     
  • Main Street Iowa Application Workshops Coming Soon 

    Tuesday, January 03, 2017

    ​The Iowa Economic Development Authority will host three Main Street Iowa Application Workshops for communities interested in applying to join the program. The workshops will be held in February at three locations and provide an overview of the Main Street Iowa program, including how to apply, the competitive design process and tips for completing the application.

    Communities interested in applying for Main Street Iowa designation in 2017 must have representation at one of the application workshops.

     
  • State Revolving Fund Announces Loans to 18 Communities 

    Friday, December 30, 2016

    ​The State Revolving Fund, a program administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa Finance Authority, announced 18 communities will receive loans to complete water quality initiatives. The low-cost loans totaled more than $63 million for this year's recipients, which will be used for sewer system improvements, drinking water system upgrades and project planning and design costs.

    Since it began, the State Revolving Fund has awarded more than $2.6 billion in construction loans to cities and more than $166 million in planning and design loans.

     
  • Rails-to-Trails Grants Available 

    Friday, December 30, 2016

    ​Grants to support trail projects are available through the Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund at the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Cities are eligible for the grant, which are designed to help organizations close gaps in their trail systems and complete significant projects for lasting positive impact in their communities. The grants are available in two categories: Community Support ($5,000 - $10,000) and Project Transformation ($15,000 - $50,000).

    Grant applications are due January 31. Additional information about the program and application guidelines are available online.

     
  • OSHA Log Must be Posted by February 1 

    Friday, December 23, 2016

    ​Cities are reminded that a copy of OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, must be posted by February 1. The summary is required to be posted in the place or places where notices are customarily posted and must remain in place until April 30. Employers must post the log even if there were no injuries or illnesses during the year and enter zeros in the total line before posting.

    Federal regulations require employers to keep injury and illness records, with few exceptions. The most common exception is if the employer had 10 or fewer employees during all of the last calendar year. Full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal workers are all included when counting employees.

     
  • 15 Communities Receive Department of Cultural Affairs Grants 

    Thursday, December 22, 2016

    ​The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced this year's recipients of Cultural Trust Stability and Art Projects grants. Fifteen communities receive grants totaling nearly $125,000 that will support 22 different projects across the state. Cultural Trust Stability grants help nonprofit arts and cultural organizations achieve fiscal stability through strategic planning and management, while Art Project grants create vitality in the arts and support job creation, arts learning and rural arts access.

    Administered by the Iowa Arts Council, Cultural Trust Stability grants are funded through the Iowa Cultural Trust and Art Project grants are funded through the Iowa Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

     
  • Iowa Land and Water Conservation Fund Announces Grant Opportunity 

    Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    ​Cities are eligible to receive funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The federally-funded program helps cities acquire and develop outdoor recreation areas with a 50 percent matching contribution. Those awarded funding receive reimbursements for eligible costs under the grant. Also, applicants must have physical control of the site in order for the project to be eligible.

    A wide variety of projects are eligible under the program and recent years have included skate parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, sports complexes, campgrounds and multipurpose trails.

    Applications are due March 15, 2017. Additional information is available on the Land and Water Conservation Fund site.

     
  • BIG W-2 Changes In Iowa for Tax Year 2016 

    Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    The Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR) has announced that for tax year 2016 all cities must file the Verified Summary of Payment report (VSP) electronically. Additionally, if the city issues 50 or more W-2, then the W-2s must also be submitted electronically with the state. The deadline for these electronic filings is January 31. 2017!

    If the city issues fewer than 50 W-2, then only the VSP is required to be filed by January 31. 2017. These cities MAY volunteer to file their W-2s in January 2017 if they are in the proper format.

    For tax year 2017 all cities will be required to file the VSP, W-2s, W-2G and most 1099 forms electronically with the Iowa Department of Revenue.

    View a free broadcast of the IDR webinar, aired on December 14, online or learn more on the IDR Web site.

     
  • Conference Workshop Idea? 

    Monday, December 19, 2016

    We want to hear your ideas for workshop topics for the Annual Conference and Exhibit that will take place September 27-29, 2017, in Davenport.

    Presenters who want to share knowledge and expertise with local government decision-makers are invited to submit a workshop proposal. Proposals will be evaluated based on how the topic addresses the needs of Iowa elected and appointed city officials and are due by Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.

    Questions? Contact League Membership Services at MbrSvcs@iowaleague.org or (515) 244-7282.

     
  • Law Enforcement Grants Available Through U.S. Department of Justice 

    Monday, December 19, 2016

    ​The Office of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice announced three new funding opportunities for local law enforcement and criminal justice programs. The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program helps cities implement comprehensive, place-based and community-oriented initiatives that involve multiple sectors working together to reduce and prevent crime and to revitalize communities. Applications are due February 2, 2017.

    Another opportunity is the Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS) Addressing Precipitous Increases in Crime Grant, which is designed to help cities improve their capacity to collect, store, share and analyze criminal justice data. The application deadline for this grant is February 7, 2017.

    Finally, the Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program helps cities develop, implement and evaluate a police body camera program to enhance officer interactions with the public and build community trust. Applications are due February 16, 2017.

     
  • Governance Workshop 

    Monday, December 19, 2016

    IAMU to Offer Governance Training for Utility Policymakers and Administrators

    The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) is offering the American Public Power Association’s two in-depth governance courses designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the duties, responsibilities and processes of electric utility governance and policy-setting.

    In addition to city council and utility board members, utility managers and senior staff who interact regularly with their boards and councils also will benefit from these courses.

    The two, half-day sessions will cover the duties, responsibilities,and legal obligations of public power boards and councils as well as board and council roles in monitoring utility performance.

    The classes will be held at the IAMU Training and Office Complex in Ankeny. Learn more or register for this workshop online.