Sioux City, Iowa

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Sioux City is one of the five largest cities in Iowa. It is located in Plymouth and Woodbury counties in the western part of the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 82,684 in the 2010 census, a decline from 85,013 in the 2000 census, which makes it currently the fourth largest city in the state. Sioux City is the primary city of the four-county Sioux City, IA–NE–SD Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), with a population of 143,005 in 2000 and a slight increase to an estimated 144,360 in 2009. Sioux City is at the navigational head of the Missouri River, about 95 miles north of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. Sioux City and the surrounding areas of northwestern Iowa, northeastern Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota are sometimes referred to as Siouxland, especially by the local media.

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See also: Evaluation of Iowa city websites

Last rated on Jan. 30, 2012

The good

  • Budget documents are published.[1]
  • Meeting agendas and minutes are available.[2][3]
  • Contact information is provided for city council members and the Mayor.[4]
  • Administrative official contact information is available on individual department pages.[5]
  • Zoning[6] and permitting information is provided.[7]
  • Financial audits are published in Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.[1]
  • Bid and procurement information is available.[8]
  • Local tax details are available in City budget documents.[9]

The bad

  • Taxpayer funded lobbying details are not provided.
  • Public records request information is not available.

Budget

The City's FY 2012 approved operating budget contains $265,119,842 in expenditures. Tax receipts are expected to be just $259,213,731, but combined with a beginning balance of over $35 million, the City counted over $295 million in resources available for expenditures. FY 2012 expenditures were down from $284 million in FY 2011. The budget expected an ending balance of $30 million.[9]

Public employees

Elected officials

The City elects a five member City Council, which includes the position of Mayor. Members are:[10]

Name Position
Bob Scott Mayor
John Fitch Mayor Pro Tem
Keith Radig Council Member
Rhonda Capron Council Member
Tom Padgett Council Member

Administrative officials

The City's chief administrative official is the City Manager. The current City Manager is (timed out) Paul Eckert.[11]

An administrative organizational chart can be found here.

Salaries

Employee salaries are posted online by the Sioux City Journal. The most recent information lists ten employees earning over $100,000. The highest paid city employee is City Manager Tom Eckert, earning $148,633.[12]

Negotiated salary schedules are posted online by the Human Resources Department, and can be found here.

Pensions

Taxes

The FY 2012 budget decreased the City's tax levy $0.64, to $16.66 per thousand. Taxes on a typical residence were calculated to remain constant at about $717, while taxes on a typical business would fall by $64.[9]

Lobbying

Transparency and public records

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