Cityscape June 2014 : Page 3

June IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES l CITYSCAPE Volume 69 I No. 12 20 16 6 City fiscal conditions in Iowa This snapshot of recent municipal fiscal trends provides a taste of the information you’ll find in the League’s 2014 Iowa Fiscal Conditions Report, released later this month. Brain drain or gain? A look at population trends by age shows more than a brain drain in the Midwest. Are we experiencing a brain gain, too? Iowa’s property tax system Take a look at the new telecommunications property tax exemption as the series on Iowa’s changing prop-erty tax system concludes. Nutrient reduction strategy What does it mean to be on the Iowa DNR list of “af-fected cities”? Learn the answer to that question and what the League is doing to help. Q&A: Changes to municipal elections Learn more about the noticeable changes to Iowa municipal election laws made by HF2366, which goes into effect July 1. REAP supports resources The Resource Enhancement and Protection program highlights recent projects in Decorah and Greenfield. 10 14 24 8 21 7 21 21 22 2 10 23 18 17 23 14 14 13 10 23 15 11 11 11 19 12 Bolton & Menk, Inc. Calhoun-Burns & Associates FOX Engineering Associates French-Reneker Associates Garden & Associates, Ltd. HR Green, Inc. ICMA Retirement Corporation IIW, P.C. Iowa Codification, Inc. Iowa Communities Assurance Pool Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust JEO Consulting Group, Inc. McClure Engineering Company Missman, Inc. MSA Professional Services, Inc. Pete Howe Industrial, Inc. Pittsburg Tank & Tower Maintenance Co. Red Wing Software Rehab Systems, Inc. Snyder & Associates, Inc. Terracon Consultants, Inc TrueNorth® Ziegler Caterpillar in this issue advertisers 16 18 20 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; Terry Lynch, Fox Engineering Associates; Tammie Krausman and William Price, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Photography & Graphics: Heather Roberts; Katie Wheeler; Bethany Crile; BigStock Photo; Iowa Department of Natural Resources; FOX Engineering Associates; City of Council Bluffs CITYSCAPE STAFF ABOUT THE COVER Bicyclers enjoy Decorah’s Trout Run Trail, a project funded in part by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP). Learn more about REAP on page 20. 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. June 2014 Cityscape 3

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