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August 2016

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Linn County to host minimum wage forum Aug. 18

Join us for a minimum wage forum hosted by Linn County Supervisor Ben Rogers on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Beems Auditorium at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE. This is a public forum and registration is not required.

The forum will be moderated by KCRG’s Bruce Aune and will air live on KCRG Channel 9.2.

Panelists include Linn County Supervisor Ben Rogers; Peter Fisher, Research Director at the Iowa Policy Project; Sofia Mehaffey, member of the Linn County minimum wage study group; Richard Pankey, local business owner.

Audience members can submit written questions during the forum.

This public forum is part of the information gathering being done by the Linn County Board of Supervisors as the Board considers whether to increase the minimum wage in Linn County. More…

A pair of Sandhill cranes at Matsell Bridge wetlands
A pair of Sandhill cranes at Matsell Bridge wetlands

Conservation bond referendum on Nov. 8 ballot

The Linn County Board of Supervisors approved a request by the Linn County Conservation Board to put on the Nov. 8 ballot a $40 million, 20-year general obligation bond referendum to fund water quality and land protection, park improvements and trails, known as the Linn County Water and Land Legacy.

These priorities were identified through public engagement and input over the last two years as the Linn County Conservation Board gathered public input and developed long-term master plans for Linn County parks and natural areas. 

All expenditures would be publicly disclosed and projects would be guided by the master plans and managed by the Linn County Conservation Board.

The bond measure requires a 60 percent approval by voters to pass. More…

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Linn County earns financial reporting award for 18th consecutive year

Linn County has earned the Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. This is the 18th consecutive year Linn County has received this award.

The Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) provides citizens with an overview of how their tax dollars are managed and spent.

While the main purpose of the report is to provide financial information, it also highlights accomplishments of the past year and demonstrates the vital role county government plays as a resource to all county residents and businesses.

The PAFR is part of Linn County's ongoing commitment to keep citizens informed about the County's finances and to be accountable for the receipt and expenditure of public funds.

Read the report here.

Linn County focusing on customer satisfaction

Linn County departments are working hard to implement our customer-centered culture (C3) initiative. We are working to better understand your experiences and using that understanding to enhance the customer experience and improve customer satisfaction. Customer satisfaction is one of three goals of Linn County’s strategic plan

On Aug. 10, 2016, the Gazette featured a news story recognizing these efforts in some of our departments.

As we progress in our efforts to create a customer-centered culture, we look forward to sharing more success stories and increased customer satisfaction.

Board of Supervisors awards $140,000 in economic development funding

The Linn County Board of Supervisors has awarded $140,000 in economic development funding to 11 Linn County organizations.

The Linn County Economic Development Fund was established following the 2008 flood to foster and support economic growth and enhance quality of life throughout Linn County.

For a list of this year’s recipients, visit our website.

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Linn County Supervisor
Amy Johnson

8 days in the life of a county Supervisor

In her latest blog post, Linn County Supervisor Amy Johnson describes a recent eight-day account of her schedule, giving a brief glimpse into the meetings, issues and responsibilities of the Board of Supervisors. Her topics include Veteran Affairs, mental health, economic development and minimum wage.
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