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March 2019

Linn County Certifies Fiscal Year 2020 Budget With No Change in Levy Rate


The Linn County Board of Supervisors approved Linn County’s fiscal year 2020 budget which runs July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. The FY20 budget of $157.3 million maintains the countywide levy rate of $5.84 per $1,000 of taxable value.

Linn County’s FY20 budget planning began in November 2018 led by Linn County Budget Director and CPA Dawn Jindrich. The budget was developed through more than 20 public meetings between the Linn County Board of Supervisors, other Linn County elected officials and department heads.

FY20 Linn County Budget Summary:

  • Budget of $157.3 million – an increase of 33.3 percent from last year due to the new Public Health and Child & Youth Development Services building that is scheduled to be completed this year
  • Countywide levy rate of $5.84 is the same as in FY19
  • Rural levy rate remains unchanged at $2.71 and includes a reduction of one dollar for rural residents from the Local Option Sales Tax allocation
  • Impact to homeowner: An increase of 2.3 percent due to a change in state residential rollback
  • Commercial and industrial property taxes remain unchanged
  • Farmland taxes will increase 3.1 percent due to a change in state agricultural rollback
  • Property taxes levied: $68.9 million, an increase of 3.9 percent from FY19
  • Property taxes account for 58 percent of Linn County’s budget
  • Local Option Sales Tax revenue of $2.7 million is budgeted for road construction; $1.5 million for Conservation projects; and $1.5 million in property tax relief for rural residents
  • Achieves goal of general fund ending balance of 25 percent
  • Linn County’s 2020 fiscal year runs July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

Property Taxes Due by April 1


The spring installment of property and mobile home taxes is due by April 1, 2019 due to March 31 falling on a weekend. April 1 is the last day to pay without delinquency penalties. Property tax payments can be made by the following methods:

  • Online payments at IowaTaxAndTags.org
  • Mail a check payable to Linn County Treasurer, 935 2nd St. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. Mailed payments must be post marked by the U.S. Postal Service by April 1, 2019 to avoid late fees.
  • In person at the Linn County Treasurer’s Office, 935 2nd St. SW, Cedar Rapids, Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Due to staff development training, hours are 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.)
  • By calling the Linn County Treasurer’s Office at 319-892-5500 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • A payment dropbox is available inside the Treasurer’s Office.

County Treasurers collect property taxes on behalf of all jurisdictions in the county and then distribute the taxes collected. Approximately 16 percent of property taxes paid by Linn County property owners in incorporated areas are used to fund Linn County government operations and services. The remaining 84 percent of property taxes goes to the property tax payer’s city of residence, school district, and other taxing bodies in the county. Slightly more than one-third of property taxes paid by rural residents is used to fund Linn County government operations and services.
 
See the current wait time at the Treasurer’s Office.
 
For more information, visit LinnCounty.org/Treasurer.

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Creating Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications


The first grant cycle for the Creating Safe, Equitable and Thriving (SET) Communities Fund is open at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. The fund was established in October 2018 in partnership with the City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County and the Cedar Rapids Community School District. The purpose is to address the inter-relational factors that lead to youth violence in Cedar Rapids as identified by the SET Task Force. 

The first grant opportunity deadline is March 27, 2019, for summer programming. A total of $40,000 will be available for programming offered in the summer of 2019 with the goal of funding six to eight projects. Funding is available to organizations and community groups with programming that cultivates, engages, and/or connects with youth and young adults who are disproportionately exposed to violence in their homes, neighborhoods, and schools, and who might not otherwise participate in summer programming. 

Find more information about the SET Communities Fund on the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation website


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Go the Distance for Crime Victims 5K


The Linn County Sheriff's Office and Linn County Attorney's Office invite you to join them for the 13th Annual Go the Distance for Crime Victims 5K. The run/walk will be on Saturday, April 13 at 9 a.m. at Thomas Park in Marion, and proceeds will go to aid victims of crime in Eastern Iowa. Those wishing to participate can sign up on the event website, in person at Race Bag Pickup at the Cedar Rapids Police Station on Friday, April 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. or the morning of the race at Thomas Park. 

Dogs, strollers and wagons welcome!

This event is planned by members of the Linn County criminal justice community and is being held in conjunction with National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 7-13, 2019). 

Linn County Adopts Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan


The East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) is facilitating an update to the comprehensive multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan for Linn County. ECICOG is guiding the development of goals and strategies for hazard mitigation and protection of critical facilities for participating jurisdictions in Linn County.

The multi-jurisdictional hazard planning initiative, funded through a grant program, as well as contributions from several participating jurisdictions, seeks to create a unified hazard mitigation plan for all of the schools, municipalities and unincorporated areas of Linn County. This plan update will enable organizations within the county to continue to be eligible to apply for funding through Homeland Security’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

View the plan on the ECICOG website. The Linn County Board of Supervisors has adopted the plan. The next step is awaiting final approval from FEMA. 

Linn County Sheriff Now Hiring

Linn County Sheriff’s Office Now Accepting Applications for Deputy Sheriff


The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the position of Deputy Sheriff. Applications are due at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Apply for the position of Deputy Sheriff

All applicants will be required to attend a physical fitness and written exam on Saturday, April 27 at 8 a.m. at the Clark Racquet Center, Coe College.

Visit the Linn County Sheriff’s Deputy Recruiting page for additional information. 

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Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 25-29 


March 25-29 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. It’s a reminder to Iowa families and businesses to take time and review their own emergency disaster preparedness plans for severe weather. 

There are three simple steps you can take:
  • Build a kit. Your emergency supply kit should have everything you need to sustain you and your family for 3-5 days.
  • Make a plan. Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency is key. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do. Include your pets in your plan.
  • Be Aware. Learn about the hazards that can affect your community, and learn how to obtain information about current weather and road conditions.
Brochures and fact sheets about severe weather safety and family preparedness are available on the Ready Iowa website and National Weather Service website

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