Cityscape December 2013 : Page 3

IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES l CITYSCAPE December Volume 69 I No. 6 14 8 8 Mobile food vending Food trucks are a growing trend in the U.S. Get ahead of the trend and use these tips to review your city’s policies. Special assessments in Iowa View the preliminary results of the League’s recent survey on special assessments—how they are used and how proposed legislation might affect them. Recent SEC actions against municipal issuers Ahlers & Cooney, P .C. explains recent SEC actions that make it clear that municipal issuers of all sizes are ac-countable for securities law violations. League Annual Report The annual report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2013 is available. Also review just a few of the services the League offers members. Q&A: Which came first… Budget season is upon us. Learn more about the process cities use to develop, approve and submit their budget. Legislators are essential partners Teri Goodmann from Dubuque shares her city’s experience in working with community partners and legislators. 13 14 26 23 23 25 25 27 15 21 27 10 7 27 23 16 9 21 17 13 21 25 10 21 2 Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies Bolton & Menk, Inc. Calhoun-Burns & Associates French-Reneker Associates Garden & Associates, Ltd. I & S Group, Inc. IIW, P.C. Iowa Codification, Inc. Iowa Finance Authority Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust JEO Consulting Group, Inc. McClure Engineering Company Missman, Inc. MSA Professional Services, Inc. Pete Howe Industrial, Inc. Red Wing Software Ruan Securities, a division of D.A. Davidson & Co. Stockwell Engineers, Inc. Terracon Consultants, Inc TrueNorth® Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. Ziegler Caterpillar in this issue advertisers 18 24 26 CITYSCAPE STAFF Publisher: Alan Kemp l Editor: Heather Roberts Staff contributors: Alan Kemp; Bethany Crile; Mark Tomb; Mickey Shields; Ron Sinnwell; Heather Roberts; Cindy Kendall; Erin Mullenix; Terry Timmins; Bruce Bergman; Teri Goodmann, assistant city manager in Dubuque; Ahlers & Cooney, P .C. Photography & Graphics: Heather Roberts; Katie Wheeler; Bethany Crile; BigStock Photo ABOUT THE COVER Riverside art in Charles City. Charles City Mayor Jim Erb is one of the newest members of the League’s Executive Board; learn more about him and the other new board members on page 17. Cityscape (ISSN 1088-5951) is published monthly by the Iowa League of Cities, 500 SW 7th Street, Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309, (515) 244-7282, FAX (978) 367-9733. A subscription to Cityscape is $18/year ($20 outside Iowa) for members and $50/year for non-members. Periodicals postage paid at Des Moines, IA. U.S.P .S. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Iowa League of Cities, 500 SW 7th Street, Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309. December 2013 Cityscape 3

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