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Scott County, Iowa
- 1 Website evaluation
- 2 Budget
- 3 Public Employees
- 4 Lobbying
- 5 Transparency & public records
- 6 Taxes
- 7 Communities
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Portions of this article were taken from Wikipedia.
Scott County is one of 99 counties in Iowa. The population was 165,224 in the 2010 census, an increase from 158,668 in the 2000 census. The county seat is Davenport. Scott County is one of the four counties that make up the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island Metropolitan Statistical Area.
- Main article: Evaluation of Iowa county websites
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- Administrative Officials
- Department heads are listed for each department.
- 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.
- The most recent audit is posted.
- Audits dating back to 2001 are available.
- Public Records
- Permits and zoning
- Public Records
- Personalized email address for the Assistant County Administrator not provided.
The County's FY 2011-2012 budget contains $89,899,618 in expected revenues. Expenditures total $91,558,502, down from the original 2010-2011 estimate of $94,798,301. Actual expenditures for the 2010-2011 fiscal year totaled $83,772,000. The July 1 beginning balance for FY 2011-2012 was $17,418,833.
The largest portion of the FY 2011-2012 budget, approximately $28 million, is dedicated to public safety and legal services.
The County's fiscal year begins July 1, and ends June 30 of the next calendar year.
Board of Supervisors
Scott County is administered by a five member Board of Supervisors. Each Supervisor is elected to a staggered four year term. Members are:
Other elected officials
The County elects five other officials.
A County organizational chart can be found here.
See also: Iowa state government salary
The County negotiates contracts and salaries with five bargaining units. Links to those contracts can be found here. Pay ranges for specific positions are based on the Hay Guide Chart-Profile Method of Job Evaluation. This method assigns each position a point total based on required "know-how," the degree of problem solving, and the accountability present in the position.
The annual County Pay Plan can be found here.
A fiscal year salary report by employee can be found here.
See also: Iowa public pensions
Employees are required to participate in the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS). Employee contributions are made through payroll deductions, and employees become vested after four years of work. Contribution rates can be found here.
The County also offers a voluntary deferred compensation program. Employees are eligible with four or more years of employment, and can receive county matching funds of $0.50 for every dollar up to $500.00 contributed per year.
See also: Iowa government sector lobbying
Scott County pays for membership in several taxpayer funded lobbying associations. The Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) is intended to foster cooperation among county officials, provide a dialogue of ideas between county governments, and lobby for legislation. Scott County paid $4,750 for membership in ISAC on 7/22/2010. In FY 2010, 53.4% of ISAC's dues were reportedly spent on lobbying efforts.
Scott County pays $3,340 annually for membership in the National Association of Counties (NACo). NACo is a national organization that represents county governments.
The County hired the lobbying firm Hurt-Norton & Associates, Inc., in the form of a joint contract with seven other county governments, to lobby for the protection and expansion of Rock Island Arsenal functions and support systems. The County paid $15,000 for the firm's lobbying services.
The County joins four counties in Eastern Iowa to voluntarily agree to jointly develop, communicate and advocate for issues of mutual interest to the General Assembly, Executive Branch of the State of Iowa and other appropriate agencies, departments and organizations and to collaborate on strategic planning to jointly develop regional solutions to issues of mutual interest.
Transparency & public records
- Auditor, Assessors, Treasurer Parcel Records
- Recorder Public Records
- Sheriff’s Inmate Listing
- Sheriff’s Sales
- Health Inspections
According to the County, it ranks second lowest of Iowa's eight largest metropolitan counties in rural area tax levy rate amount. It also has the third lowest county property tax amount per capita of all Iowa counties, with a rate that falls 29% below the state average.
The County's largest source of revenue is property tax. In FY 2011-2012, it collected $￼46,152,940 from taxes levied on property.
- Iowa on State Budget Solutions
- Scott County official website
- Scott County Assessor's Website
- Scott County Free Public Records Directory
- Scott County Quick Facts
- Scott County, Budgets, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Checkbook Register, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Salary Report, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Staff Directory, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Elected Officials, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Meeting Minutes, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Meeting Agendas, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Meeting Calendar, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Audits, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Bids, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Contracts, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Public Records Request Form, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Fee Schedule, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Tax Levies, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Property Tax Payment, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Lobbying, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Zoning, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- Scott County, Building Permits, Accessed: Feb 23, 2013
- FY 2012 Budget Summary
- Budget and Financials
- Elected Officials
- Pay Plans
- Deferred compensation