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January 2018

Website Redesign Survey

Linn County Website Redesign Survey

Linn County is gearing up to redesign our current website to better serve the needs of our customers, and we want to hear your voice! Take the short survey linked here to share your thoughts on our current design. 

Linn County issued their 2017 Popular Annual Financial Report

Linn County Issues FY17 Annual Report

Linn County’s fiscal year 2017 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) is now available on Linn County’s website. The report provides residents with an overview of how their tax dollars are managed and spent and is part of Linn County’s ongoing commitment to keep residents 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.

Read our FY17 annual report here.

Iowa Great Places

Linn County Conservation’s Pinicon Ridge County Park awarded $400,000 in Iowa Great Places Funding

Linn County Conservation is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $400,000 in Iowa Great Places grant funds for Pinicon Ridge County Park near Central City from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Iowa Great Places Citizens Advisory Board. Pinicon Ridge Park is part of the Cedar-Wapsi Recreational Byway that received an Iowa Great Place designation in 2014.

The Iowa Great Places Program seeks to recognize places that take action to enhance their local assets while staying true to the qualities that make them unique. Linn County Conservation is one of only five Iowa Great Places to be recently awarded grant funds totaling $1.3 million. More information on the Iowa Great Places Program is available by visiting

View the full story here.

Linn County Conservation to begin bond projects in 2018

Linn County Conservation Issues FY17 Annual Report

The Linn County Conservation Board is pleased to present its fiscal year (FY17) annual report. This report provides you with highlights of the Conservation Board’s activities during FY17. We place a strong emphasis on maintaining areas entrusted to us to a high standard to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for our customers. 

Check out the full report here

Absentee Voting Underway for Lisbon Community School District Special Election

Early, absentee voting is underway in Linn County for the Lisbon Community School District Special Election. Individuals residing in the Lisbon Community School District in the counties of Linn, Cedar, Johnson, and Jones can vote absentee by mail or in person at the Election Services Department of the Linn County Auditor’s Office. The office is located in the Linn County Public Service Center, 935 2nd St. SW in Cedar Rapids. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Absentee voters may return their ballot by mail or hand-deliver their ballot to the Election Services Department. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Monday, February 5 in order to be counted.

Election Day is Tuesday, February 6. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

Steve O'Konek Hired As New EMA Coordinator

Linn County Emergency Management Hires New EMA Coordinator

The Linn County Emergency Management Commission is pleased to announce the hiring of Steven O’Konek as the new Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Coordinator. He will begin his employment with the agency on February 2, 2018.
O’Konek has been employed by the Cedar Rapids Police Department since 1985 and is currently a Captain overseeing the Administrative Operations Division. He was an incident commander for the City of Cedar Rapids during the 2016 flood and helped staff the Emergency Operations Center during the 2008 flood. 
O’Konek replaces outgoing EMA Director Michael Goldberg, who will be retiring from the agency after 9 years of service on February 23, 2018. A retirement reception for Mike Goldberg will be held on February 16 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Operations Center, located at 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW in Cedar Rapids.  

Take Action Event to be held January 29

"Take Action" Event to be held on January 29

Linn County Public Health has partnered with iGreenCR for their “Take Action!” event to be held on Monday, January 29 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Downtown Library. This event is designed to provide information on what you can do to conserve energy, save water and reduce waste. Linn County Public Health will be on hand providing information on Idle Free Linn. To learn more about the event, click here.

Linn County Now Accepting Mental Health and Disability Services Fund Applications

The Linn County Board of Supervisors is accepting Mental Health and Disability Services fund applications. Eligible non-profit organizations must be located in Linn County and provide mental health and disability services to Linn County residents.
The online application and eligibility requirements are available on the Linn County website at This is a competitive grant process. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on February 15, 2018.
The fund balance grants are made possible due to the Iowa legislature restricting the amount of dollars a county can have in fund balance reserves for mental health and disability services. Linn County must spend down its Mental Health and Disability Services fund balance reserves by June 30, 2020.

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