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October 2019

Voting Day

City and School Elections Tuesday, November 5

Registered Linn County voters will be able to participate on Tuesday, November 5 for the school and city elections, which are combined for the first time this year.

If you need to update your registration or register for the first time, find all available options on the Linn County Election Services web page

Available Voting Methods:  
  • In-Person Absentee “Early” voting started Monday, October 7 at the Jean Oxley Public Service Center and runs through Monday, November 4.  
  • Vote-by-Mail, absentee ballot request forms are being accepted through Friday, October 25.    
  • Satellite voting is being offered at the Marion Public Library on Saturday, October 26 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday October 28 - 30 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Election Day in-person at your precinct polling location from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5.
Drug Take Back Day Flyer

National Drug Take Back Day October 26

Saturday, October 26, 2019 is National Drug Take Back Day. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office will be collaborating with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

The Sheriff’s Office will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free, anonymous service will help keep your home safe and could even save lives.
The collection sites listed below will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 26, 2019.

  • Linn County Sheriff’s Office in the West Parking Lot at 310 2nd Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids
  • Fairfax Fire Station, 525 Vanderbilt St, Fairfax
  • Walker Fire Station, 210 Park St, Walker 

Linn County Family Transformation Services Earns the Iowa Family Support Credential

The Linn County Family Transformation Services program has earned the Iowa Family Support Credential from the Iowa Department of Management and Public Health. The Iowa Family Support Credential is awarded to family support and parent education programs that are validated through an external evaluation to be in substantial adherence to the Iowa Family Support Standards.

The Iowa Family Support Standards are based on the most up to date, evidence based practice in the family support field. Adherence to the standards indicates that the program is providing high quality services that will result in positive outcomes for young children and their families. The Linn County Family Transformation Services program diligently worked toward meeting all of the Iowa Family Support Standards over the course of more than a year with the assistance of a program specialist. A peer review was conducted by trained peers from Iowa to validate the program’s adherence to the standards. The Iowa Family Support Credential is valid for five years.

Linn County Family Transformation Services is part of the Linn County Community Services Department.

Open Burning Variance Request

Open Burning Variance Applications Considered Through November 26 for Parts of Linn County

Residents of unincorporated Linn County who live on property zoned Urban Service Residential (USR) and are within one-half mile of Cedar Rapids, Marion, or Hiawatha city limits who wish to burn landscape waste or leaves can apply for a burn permit variance request from the Linn County Board of Supervisors through November 26, 2019.

Request a variance.

Budget Forum Set for November 19

Planning for Linn County’s fiscal year 2021 budget is underway. Residents will have the opportunity to provide input on the budget at the annual Public Budget Forum Tuesday, November 19 at 5 p.m. at the Linn County Public Service Center, 935 Second St. SW in Cedar Rapids.
The budget will be developed over the next two and a half months during a series of more than 20 public meetings between the Linn County Board of Supervisors, other Linn County elected officials, and department heads.
The meeting dates and times for all budget meetings will be posted on the Agendas & Minutes section of Linn County’s website at 24 hours in advance of the meetings. Sign-up to receive email and/or text notification of Board of Supervisors meetings and agendas at
Fiscal year 2021 begins July 1, 2020 and ends June 30, 2021. 

Wings 2 Water

Wings2Water Launches in Linn County

Wings2Water, a fundraising platform for water quality projects in Linn and Johnson Counties, launched October 16 providing a way for anyone to help contribute to regional water quality improvement projects.

Wings2Water, initiated by the Eastern Iowa Airport (CID), has a mission to support projects that help reduce Iowa’s runoff and flood impacts, restore local water quality and help eliminate the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The airport has formal agreements in place with both Linn and Johnson County Conservation Boards. At this time, 100 percent of the money raised will go toward two projects designated by each conservation board.

Linn County Juvenile Detention & Diversion Services Achieves PREA Certification

Linn County Juvenile Detention & Diversion Services was certified on October 17, 2019 to be 100% compliant with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The Linn County Juvenile Detention Center is only the second detention center in the state of Iowa to obtain full compliance of a juvenile correctional facility under the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards for juvenile facilities. The Center was noted as not only meeting standards but also exceeding the expectations for several of the standards.

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