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January 2017

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Linn County issues FY16 annual report

Linn County’s fiscal year 2016 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) is now available. The report provides citizens with an overview of how their tax dollars are managed and spent and 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.

The report also highlights some of Linn County’s accomplishments and major initiatives of the past year and demonstrates the vital role of county government in the lives of citizens.

Printed copies of the report are available at the Linn County Public Service Center, 935 Second St. SW, Cedar Rapids and at all County offices.

Linn County has earned the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting” from the Government Finance Officers Association for 18 consecutive years.

Deadline to file property tax exemptions is Feb. 1

Property owners are reminded that the deadline for applying for many property tax exemptions is February 1 of each year. The applications must be filed with your assessor by February 1 of the first year the exemption is claimed.
The deadline for applying for the 2017 Homestead Property Tax Credit, Disabled Veteran Homestead Tax Credit, Military Exemption as well as the Business Property Tax Credit is July 1, 2017; however, since July 1 is on a Saturday, the deadline is extended to July 3.
Information about credits and exemptions as well as application forms can be found at the Iowa Department of Revenue website. Your Assessor’s Office can also answer questions regarding the exemptions that are available as well as provide the appropriate forms.
Cedar Rapids residents are served by the  Cedar Rapids City Assessor
Linn County residents outside Cedar Rapids are served by the Linn County Assessor’s Office

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Linn County’s 2017 state legislative priorities

The Linn County Board of Supervisors has approved Linn County’s 2017 state legislative priorities. The priorities were developed in partnership with County departments and elected officials who were asked to submit their priorities for the 2017 legislative session.

The top five priorities are:

  • Commercial Property Tax Backfill
  • Mental Health and Disability Services
  • Decategorization Services
  • Early Childhood Iowa Restrictions
  • Water Quality

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Tom Hardecopf (LIFTS) and Kay Fisk (Horizons/NTS) talk with State Representative Art Staed.

At the Capitol

Linn County LIFTS Director Tom Hardecopf was at the state Capitol in Des Moines this week along with the Iowa Public Transit Association to meet with legislators and discuss transportation priorities throughout the state. 

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LIFTS Director Tom Hardecopf (right) discusses transportation issues with State Senator Bill Dotzler.
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Conservation Board issues FY16 annual report

The Linn County Conservation Board released its annual report for fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016).

The report provides highlights of the Conservation Department and Board’s activities during FY16, including the Buffalo Creek dam mitigation project, various trail projects and park improvements, natural resource protection and enhancement, and educational opportunities.

Linn County Conservation provides high-quality recreational opportunities for both residents and visitors to Linn County and plays a critical role in the quality of life in our community.

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The Linn County Secondary Road Department works hard to provide good roads to those who live and travel within the secondary road system. Please take a moment to complete a short survey to let us know how we are doing.

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