Township trustees are responsible for directly providing or contracting for fire protection and emergency services, maintaining cemeteries, enforcing fence regulations and other tasks as needed. Township officers consist of three trustees and one clerk who are required to meet at least twice a year. Township officers may be appointed by the Linn County Board of Supervisors or elected.
There are 20 townships in Linn County. Nine townships elect their officers and the other 10 townships’ officers are appointed by the Board of Supervisors, and Rapids Township has no county officers. The Rapids Township officers are abolished by Iowa Code statues (§359.24, 359.25) and their duties are performed by the Cedar Rapids city clerk and city council.
Expectations of the Township Officers
Townships must comply with open meeting and public record laws and clerks are responsible for keeping a record of all trustee proceedings and acts. A clerk is also required to prepare a budget and certify the necessary tax levy to the Linn County Auditor for the next fiscal year, and prepare an annual financial report. There are no limits on trustees or clerks serving subsequent terms.