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November 2017

FY19 Budget Planning Underway

Public forum set for Nov. 27

Planning for Linn County’s fiscal year 2019 (FY19) budget is underway. The FY19 budget will be developed over the next two and a half months during more than 20 public meetings between the Linn County Board of Supervisors, other Linn County elected officials and department heads. All meetings are held at the Linn County Public Service Center, 935 Second St. SW in Cedar Rapids.

A budget calendar for the entire FY19 budget process is posted on the Linn County website; however the dates are subject to change so please check the Agendas & Minutes section on Linn County’s website 24 hours in advance for the most up-to-date information or sign-up to receive email and/or text notification of Board of Supervisors meetings and agendas.

Residents have the opportunity to provide comments on the development of Linn County’s FY19 budget during the annual Public Budget Forum on Monday, Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. Linn County’s fiscal year runs from July 1 – June 30.

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Absentee Voting Underway for Cedar Rapids Runoff Election

Early, absentee voting is underway in Linn County for the Cedar Rapids mayoral and Cedar Rapids City Council District 5 runoff elections.

Options for voting include voting in person at the Election Services Department of the Linn County Auditor’s Office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 4; voting by mail; or voting on Election Day.

Election Day is Tuesday, Dec. 5. All Cedar Rapids polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling location, go to

Visit the Linn County Elections Services website for more information.

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Linn County Seeks Logo Review Committee Members 

Linn County is seeking two members of the public to serve on its Logo Review Committee as part of the County’s Logo Redesign Challenge. The committee will also include seven Linn County employees for a total of nine members. The committee will review and rank the submissions to Linn County’s Logo Redesign Challenge. The committee’s input will be shared with the Linn County Board of Supervisors for a final decision.

Individuals interested in serving on the committee must be Linn County residents. This is a voluntary role and members will serve without compensation. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. Visit our website for more information.

Supervisor Rogers is Panelist on Ethical Perspectives on the News

Linn County Supervisor Ben Rogers was one of three panelist on the Nov. 12 edition of Ethical Perspectives on the News discussing income inequality on the local and national levels. Watch the video here.

Happy Thanksgiving

Linn County Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Most County government offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The following services will continue to operate:

  • Juvenile Detention and Diversion Services

  • Linn County LIFTS will be closed Nov. 23 but will operate reduced routes in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion on Friday, Nov. 24 (no rural service).

  • The Sheriff’s Office will be closed; however, continuous operations will be available for routine and emergency responses. This includes the Patrol Division, Communications Division and the Correctional Center. In an emergency, always dial 911.
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Seat Belts Save Lives – Fasten Yours 

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau reminds you that wearing a seat belt is not just for Thanksgiving – it’s a must every day of the year.

From November 19-26, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and many other law enforcement agencies across Iowa are participating in the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) in an attempt to make sure everyone is obeying Iowa’s traffic laws and that everyone has a safe holiday.

Nationwide in 2015 (the last year in which data is available), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 301 people were killed in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving weekend and 50 percent of those killed were not wearing seatbelts. In Iowa, there were five fatalities during that time in both 2015 and 2016. 

According to the NHTSA, only one percent of occupants wearing seat belts were ejected compared to 30 percent of those who were unbuckled. Eighty percent of the people totally ejected from vehicles in crashes were killed in 2015. 

Buckle Up – Every Trip.  Every Time.

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Did you know Linn County provides regular email and text updates on secondary road work throughout the county? Visit our website for a list of county road construction projects and to subscribe to the notification list.

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