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Scott County, Iowa

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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.

Website evaluation

In 2011 Scott County earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

Main article: Evaluation of Iowa county websites

This website was reviewed on an unknown date.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 10 years.[1]
    • Checkbook register posted.[2]
    • Salary report is available.[3]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[4]
    • 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.[5]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for over 10 years.[6]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 6 years.[7]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[8]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2001 are available.[9]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[10]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[11]
  • Public Records
    • A public records form is provided.[12]
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.[13]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[14]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[15]
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[17]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[18]

The bad

  • Public Records
    • Personalized email address for the Assistant County Administrator not provided.

Budget

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.[19]

The largest portion of the FY 2011-2012 budget, approximately $28 million, is dedicated to public safety and legal services.[19]

The County's fiscal year begins July 1, and ends June 30 of the next calendar year.[20]

Public Employees

Elected Officials

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:[21]

Other elected officials

The County elects five other officials.[22]

Administrative Officials

A County organizational chart can be found here.

Salaries

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.[23]

The annual County Pay Plan can be found here.

A fiscal year salary report by employee can be found here.

Pensions

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.[24]

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.[25]

Emergency personnel

Lobbying

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.[26]

Scott County pays $3,340 annually for membership in the National Association of Counties (NACo). NACo is a national organization that represents county governments.[26]

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.[26]

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

Taxes

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.[20]

The County's largest source of revenue is property tax. In FY 2011-2012, it collected $46,152,940 from taxes levied on property.[19]

Communities

Cities

External links

References