Black Hawk County, Iowa

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Black Hawk County is one of 99 counties in Iowa. Black Hawk County is a county located in the northeastern part of the state. The population was 131,090 in the 2010 census, an increase from 128,012 in 2000. Black Hawk County has the fourth largest population for counties in the state. The majority of the county's population resides in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls urbanized area.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Iowa county websites

The good

  • Current budget is available.[1]
  • Board meeting schedule, agendas[2], and minutes[3] are available.
  • Officials are listed and have contact information.[4]
  • Zoning information and permitting documents are available.[5][6]
  • County audits are available.[7]
  • Tax levy rates are posted[8] and property taxes can be paid online.[9]

The bad

  • Archived budget documents are not accessible.
  • County contracts are not available online.
  • Public records request details are not posted.
  • Does not disclose if belongs to government sector lobbying associations.


The 2010-2011 Adopted Budget document contains $89,255,411 in budgeted expenditures. The budget year's ending fund balance, as of June 30, was $15,928,045.[10]

Public Employees

Elected Officials

Board of Supervisors

Black Hawk County elects a five member Board of Supervisors, who serve staggered four year terms. The Board is the executive and administrative branch of the county government.[11] Members are:[12]

Supervisor Term Expires
John Miller 2012
Scott Jordan 2012
Tom Little 2012
Craig White 2014
Frank Magsamen 2014

Other elected officials

The county elects five other positions.[13]

Name Position
Tom Ferguson County Attorney
Grant Veeder County Auditor
Judith A. McCarthy Recorder
Tony Thompson Sheriff
Rita Schmidt County Treasurer

Administrative Officials

Administrative contact details are available on individual department webpages.[14]


See also: Iowa state government salary

The county does not provide salary details for public employees.


See also: Iowa public pensions

Employees participate in the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS). They are also able to participate in a voluntary deferred compensation 457 plan.[15]

Emergency personnel

The Sheriff's office employs approximately 160 employees, that work in four divisions. The divisions are Administrative, Field Services, Special Services, and Jail Division.[16]


See also: Iowa government sector lobbying

The county does not disclose information regarding taxpayer funded lobbying efforts.

Transparency & public records

The County does not provide information on how to file a public records request.


Black Hawk County collects, among others, a real estate property tax. The County provides a property tax calculator.[17] A tax payment calendar is similarly provided by the Treasurer.[18]

According to the 2010-2011 adopted budget document, the County collected $29,098,949 in taxes levied on property.[10]

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