Cityscape April 2014 : Page 3

April IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES l CITYSCAPE Volume 69 I No. 10 10 8 6 Creating a safety culture The final article in the Effective Elected Official series explains the important role the council and mayor play in the city’s safety culture. When dissent becomes harassment In democracy we cherish public speech. What happens when that speech becomes loud and in-your-face? Q&A: Annexation overview Review the basic questions, and their answers, posed in cities undertaking the annexation process. Celebrate your city Cities are vibrant, innovative centers for work, play and life. Share this message in your city by participat-ing in the inaugural City Week in Iowa. Iowa’s property tax system Take a look at the new multi-residential property class as the series on Iowa’s changing property tax system continues. IRS issues regulations on pay or play The IRS-issued regulations on the employer shared responsibly requirement in the Affordable Care Act are outlined by Bob Mreen of TrueNorth. 8 12 22 27 14 9 21 11 11 12 7 18 15 9 9 27 27 9 18 18 19 19 19 25 13 23 11 2 Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies Bolton & Menk, Inc. Calhoun-Burns & Associates FOX Engineering Associates French-Reneker Associates Garden & Associates, Ltd. Great Plains Government Finance Officers Association Hydro-Klean LLC Iowa Codification, Inc. Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust JEO Consulting Group, Inc. Martin Gardner Architecture, P.C. McClure Engineering Company Missman, Inc. MSA Professional Services, Inc. Pete Howe Industrial, Inc. Pittsburg Tank & Tower Maintenance Co. Snyder & Associates, Inc. Stockwell Engineers, Inc. Terracon Consultants, Inc TrueNorth® USDA Rural Development Utility Service Company, Inc. Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. Ziegler Caterpillar in this issue advertisers 18 20 26 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; Bob Mreen, TrueNorth; Debi Durham, Iowa Economic Development Authority; Lory Dolan, Iowa Communities Assurance Pool; Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association; William Moulder, Moulder and Associates; Rodger Brown, city of Des Moines Photography & Graphics: Heather Roberts; Katie Wheeler; Bethany Crile; BigStock Photo; Iowa Communities Assurance Pool CITYSCAPE STAFF ABOUT THE COVER Webster City, county seat of Hamilton County, shares an IT Director with the county which is featured this month on page14 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. April 2014 Cityscape 3

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