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Johnson County, Iowa

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Johnson County is one of 99 counties in Iowa. The population was 130,882 in the 2010 census, an increase from 111,006 in the 2000 census. The county seat is Iowa City, the home of the University of Iowa. Johnson County is one of the two counties that make up the Iowa City, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is named for Richard Mentor Johnson, the ninth vice president of the United States.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Iowa county websites

This site was last reviewed on Feb. 23, 2013.

The good

  • Budget
    • Current and proposed budget information is posted.[1]
    • Budget information is archived to 2002.
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are available.[2]
    • Minutes archived to 1997.[3]
  • Elected Officials
    • County supervisors are listed with contact information.[4]
  • Administration
    • Administrative officials are listed under respective department web pages.[5]
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits are posted.[6] ** Zoning information is posted.[7] is posted.
  • Taxes
    • Property tax information is available, taxes can be viewed and paid online.[8]
    • Tax details are available in county budget documents.[9]
  • Public Records
  • Audits
    • The county publishes both the most current and archived audits since 2005.[11]
  • Lobbying
  • Contracts
    • Vendor campaign contributions and contract bids and rfps are available online.[13]

The bad

  • Contracts
    • Awarded Contracts are not posted.

Budget

Budgeted expenditures for FY 2011 totaled $72,553,265. This was $17,548,509 less than the FY 2010 budget, due in part to the completion of several capital development projects. The largest portion of the county's expenditures, 29%, was budgeted to public safety and legal services. 18% was spent on mental health, MR & DD, while 12% was spent on physical health and social services.[9]

Property taxes are the county's largest revenue source, comprising 62% and totaling $42,763,605. Intergovernmental revenue contributes 28% of all revenues.[9]

Public Employees

Elected Officials

The county elects a five member Board of Supervisors. Members are:[14]

Supervisor Term Expires
Janelle Rettig 12/31/2014
Terrence Neuzil 12/31/2012
Pat Harney 12/31/2012
Sally Stutsman 12/31/2014
Rod Sullivan 12/31/2012

Administrative Officials

Names and contact details for administrative officials are available on individual department webpages.[15]

Salaries

See also: Iowa state government salary

Salary schedules, as outlined in the county's six collective bargaining agreements, are published on the Human Resources webpage.[16] Employees are eligible for merit based performance compensation increases based on performance evaluations. Pay increases for all employees are decided upon by the Board of Supervisors, and are announced each July 1.[16]

Pensions

See also: Iowa public pensions

Employees participate in the mandatory Iowa Public Employee Retirement System. It is designed to supplement both Social Security and private savings. The County contributes 8.07% towards the plan, while non law-enforcement employees contribute 5.38%.[16]

Emergency personnel

Lobbying

See also: Iowa government sector lobbying

The County does not provide information on taxpayer funded lobbying.

Transparency & public records

Taxes

The FY 2011 budget contained several tax increases. Farm houses saw a 7.3% tax increase, while regular homes faced a 1.8% tax increase. This followed a 1.13% increase in Johnson County assessments.[9]

External links

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