Cityscape September 2014 : Page 3

IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES l CITYSCAPE September Volume 70 I No. 3 20 16 6 Federal, state transportation funding sources As this series on transportation in the state begins, learn more about the federal and state funding sources used to maintain Iowa’s roadways. Utility shot-offs, moratoriums, deposits With winter approaching review utility rules and Code of Iowa sections that apply to utility shut-offs, moratori-ums and deposits. Raise your hand if you’re here Explore options for curbing absenteeism, which can be a problem in the office and around the council or committee table. Nutrient reduction strategy, trading Though still in the conceptual stages, the League and other interest groups are looking at the possibility of nutrient trading here in Iowa, saving ratepayers and cities money and providing resources to conservation practices. Q&A: Property assessment appeals Cities in Iowa rely on property taxes to generate revenue for community services. Review the process property owners may use to appeal a property assess-ment. One Call Law effective July 1 A law passed during the 2014 legislative session made changes to Chapter 480 of the Code of Iowa . Find out how the “One Call Law” can affect your city. 18 20 22 23 7 11 2 11 22 17 16 12 27 17 21 19 2 8 11 15 26 18 17 14 11 9 10 8 25 9 9 17 12 15 8 Alliant Energy -Interstate Power and Light Co Bolton & Menk, Inc. Calhoun-Burns & Associates D.A. Davidson & Co. Foth FOX Engineering Associates, Inc. Garden & Associates, Ltd. GATSO USA HR Green, Inc. I+S Group (ISG) IIW, P.C. Iowa Finance Authority Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association J&M Displays, Inc. JEO Consulting Group, Inc. Martin Gardner Architecture, P.C. McClure Engineering Company MSA Professional Services, Inc. Northland Securities, Inc. Pete Howe Industrial, Inc. Purple Wave Auction Red Wing Software Rehab System s, Inc. Shive-Hattery, Inc. Snyder & Associates, Inc. Speer Financial, Inc. Stockwell Engineers, Inc. Terracon Consultants, Inc Tri County Brush Hogging LLC TrueNorth® USW Utility Group Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. in this issue advertisers 22 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; Ben Booth, Iowa One Call Photography & Graphics: Heather Roberts; Katie Wheeler; Bethany Crile; BigStock Photo; Algona Upper Des Moines; Leadership Algona ABOUT THE COVER The AlGLOna run/walk raised money for the city trail system. Learn more about community fundraising best practices and the city of Algona’s effort on page 8 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. September 2014 Cityscape 3

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