Davenport, Iowa

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Iowa City is one of the five largest cities in Iowa. It is the county seat of and largest city in Scott County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 99,685, making it Iowa's third-largest city. As of 2011, the mayor of Davenport is Bill Gluba. Davenport is the largest of the Quad Cities. The Quad Cities also consists of neighboring Bettendorf and the Illinois cities of Moline, East Moline, and Rock Island and has a population of 379,690.

Website evaluation

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The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 3 years.[1]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[2]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 7 years.[4]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 7 years.[5]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[6]
    • Meeting videos are available.[7]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2008 are available.[8]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[9]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[10]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the communications director. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[11]
    • A public records form is provided.[12]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[13]
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[15]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[16]

Budget

Total expenditures included in the FY 2012 budget were $203,017,346, down from nearly $229 million in FY 2011. While the operating budget increased slightly, the capital budget shrunk by approximately $30 million. Much of the capital budget's shrinking was due to the elimination of projects funded through Federal stimulus dollars. Debt service funding increased from $24.5 to $26 million. Personnel costs represent 80% of the general fund budget's expenditures. Approximately 78% of the City's general fund budget is funded via property taxes.[17]

Public employees

Elected officials

The City elects a ten member City Council. The City Council's responsibilities include setting City policy, approving the budget, and setting tax rates. Current members are:[18]

The City's Mayor serves as its chief executive officer. The Mayor is responsible for approving or vetoing the actions taken by the City Council, presiding over City Council meetings, and appointing members of city boards and commissions. The current Mayor is Bill Gluba.[19]

Administrative officials

The chief administrative position is held by the City Administrator, similar to the City Manager. The City Administrator acts upon the policies set by the City Council and the Mayor, and coordinates the work of city departments. The Administrator also prepares an annual budget.[20] The current City Administrator is Craig Malin, who was appointed in July, 2001.[21]

Salaries

Agreements reached with bargaining units in 2009 included wage increases of 3% for all employees for Fiscal Years 2010, 2011, and 2012.[17] A list of negotiated union contracts can be found here.

Pensions

City employees participate in the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System.[22]

Emergency personnel

City contribution rates to the statewide fire and police pension system have risen dramatically, from 17% in 2010, to 19.9% in 2011, 24.76% in 2012. This has added nearly $1.75 million in costs to the City's budget.[17]

Taxes

The City's total property tax levy for FY 2012 was $15.53 per thousand dollars, which remained constant from the previous FY. It represents a decrease of $0.05 over FY 2010.[17]

Transparency and public records

Public records requests with the City can be submitted online.[23]

Lobbying

The city does not provide information on taxpayer funded lobbying efforts.

External links

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