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Iowa City is one of the five largest cities in Iowa. It is located in Johnson County. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a total population of about 67,862, making it the sixth-largest city in the state. Iowa City is the county seat of Johnson County[2] and home to the University of Iowa. Iowa City is located adjacent to the town of Coralville, and it surrounds the town of University Heights, with which it forms a contiguous urban area. Iowa City is the principal city of the Iowa City Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses Johnson County and Washington County, and this metropolitan area has a population of about 152,586.

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The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 8 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 more than 10 years.[4]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for more than 10 years.[5]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
    • Meeting video or podcasts are available.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2003 are available.[6]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[7]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the City Clerk. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[8]
    • A public records form is provided.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[9]
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[11]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[12]


While Iowa State Code requires the City to adopt an annual budget, it also regularly produces both a three year financial plan and a five year capital improvement plan. The FY 2012-2013 proposed budget document included a renewed attempt at providing administrative performance measures within the document.[13]

The FY 2012-2012 proposed budget is a balanced budget. It included no new service initiatives, and in fact contains a 3.19% tax levy reduction. The budget proposal expects a 1.0% increase in overall tax receipts, with a 1.4% increase in total revenues. Total expenditures were proposed to rise 2.0% over the previous FY, to $221,589,866. The largest source of this is a 32.8% increase in debt service.[13]

Public officials

Elected officials

The City elects a seven member City Council, including both a Mayor and a Mayor Pro Tem. Members.[14]

Administrative officials

The City's chief administrative officer is the City Manager, a position currently held by Tom Markus. The City Manager's responsibilities include implementing the policies decided upon by the City Council, appointing and supervising the directors of the City's departments, overseeing City contracts, and proposing an annual budget for submission to the City Council.[15]

A City administration organizational chart can be found here.


City employee salaries are provided online by the Iowa Press-Citizen, and can be found here. 2010 data for Iowa City lists 11 employees earning over $100,000 in annual salary. Then-City manager Dale E. Helling received a 2010 salary of $160,014.00.[16]


City employees are required to participate in the Iowa Public Employees Retirement Service. AFSCME, administrative, and confidential employees contribute 5.38% of their base salary to the service. The City contributes 8.07% of each employee's base salary.[17]

Emergency personnel

Police and fire employees contribute 9.4% of their base salary to the Iowa Public Employees Retirement Service. The City contributes 24.76% of each employee's base salary.[17]


Information on various taxes, including property taxes, sales and use taxes, and a hotel tax are available on the City's website. The proposed FY 2012-2013 budget contains a 3.19% reduction in City property taxes.[13]

Transparency and public records


The City does not provide information regarding taxpayer funded lobbying.

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