Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Last rated on Jan. 30, 2012
- Current and archived budget documents are available.
- Council meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes are posted.
- Names and contact information are provided for elected officials.
- Zoning information is provided online.
- Permit information and documents are available.
- External financial audits are published online.
- Open bids and closed contracts are available.
- Information is provided on the Iowa Open Records Law, along with contact information for all public records officers.
- Local taxes and fees are detailed.
- Individual department web pages do not consistently provide the names and contact information for key administrative officials.
- Taxpayer funded lobbying information is not provided.
The City elects a nine member City Council, including a Mayor. The Mayor and three City Council members are elected at-large, while the remaining five are elected from individual districts. Members are:
|Don Karr||Council member||At-large|
|Ann Poe||Council member||At-large|
|Chuck Swore||Council member||At-large|
|Kris Gulick||Council member||1|
|Monica Vernon||Council member||2|
|Pat Shey||Council member||3|
|Scott Olson||Council member||4|
|Justin Shields||Council member||5|
The City Council appoints a City Manager, who serves as the chief administrative official of the City. The City Manager carries out the policies of the Council. The current City Manager is Jeff Pomeranz. He was appointed in September, 2010, and had previously served as city manager for three other cities. He is only the second City Manager in the history of Cedar Rapids.
A full list of city departments can be found here.
Information on city employee salaries is provided online by the Iowa Press-Citizen. 2010 information lists 20 employees earning over $100,000 in salary. City Manager Jeff Pomeranz reportedly earned a salary of $165,000.
City employees participate in the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System. Employee contribution rates to the system stand at 4.60%, while the city contributes 6.65% of an employee's salary. Pensions are vested at four years of employment.
The City property tax rate for FY 2012 is 15.21621. The City also collects a sales tax of 1%, implemented for five years in 2009 to help fund flood relief efforts.
Information is not provided on taxpayer funded lobbying efforts.
- Iowa on State Budget Solutions
- City Homepage
- Cedar Rapids Visitor Bureau
- Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
- KCRG TV
- Mayor and Council
- Financial Reporting
- City Communications
- Taxes and Fees
- FY 2011 Budget, Expenditures Summary
- FY 2011 Budget, Revenues Summary
- Our Form of Government
- Cedar Rapids Mayor and City Council
- City Manager's Office
- Jeff Pomeranz, City Manager
- 2010 City Cedar Rapids Salaries, Iowa Press-Citizen
- Benefits, Human Resources