Quick Guide to Iowa Laws Impacting Cities

 

A

Administrative Agencies, see also Board and Commissions ....................................... 362, 392

Administrators, see also City Managers .................................................................................. 372

Airports ......................................................................................................................................... 330

Alcoholic Beverages.................................................................................................................... 123

Annexation and Severance .......................................................................................................  368

Audits............................................................................................................................................... 11

 

B

Boards and Commissions

                Generally ............................................................................................................... 362, 392

                Airport ........................................................................................................................... 330

                Hospital and Library trustees .................................................................................... 392

                Other administrative agencies ................................................................................... 392

                Planning ...............................................................................................................  386, 414

                Utility trustees .............................................................................................................  388

                Zoning ..........................................................................................................................  414

Budgets, see also Capital Improvements of Finance

                Generally ....................................................................................................................... 384

                Appeals.................................................................................................................... 24, 384

                Certification, delay by election .................................................................................... 24

 

C

Cemeteries

                Generally ....................................................................................................................... 566

                Municipal .............................................................................................................. 384, 566

Charters, see also Forms of City Government ......................................................................... 372

Child Labor...................................................................................................................................... 92

City Franchises ............................................................................................................................ 364

City Attorneys ............................................................................................................................. 372

City Code .............................................................................................................................  361, 362

City Clerks ..................................................................................................................................... 372

City Development Board, see also Development ................................................................... 368

City Managers .............................................................................................................................  372

Civil Rights Commission............................................................................................................. .216

Civil Service .................................................................................................................................  400

Collective Bargaining..................................................................................................................... 20

Conflicts of Interest..................................................................................................................... 68B

Contracts

                Bidding for public improvements .............................................................................  384

                Bonds for public improvement contracts.................................................................. 573

                Conflicts of interest ..................................................................................................... 362

                Council votes on contract .......................................................................................... 380

                Lease-purchase contracts .......................................................................................... 364

Council-Manager-at-Large Form ............................................................................................... 372

Councils

                Generally ......................................................................................................................  372

                Appointments power .................................................................................................  372

                Conflicts of interest ...........................................................................................  68B, 362

                Elections .........................................................................................................  39, 372, 376

                Personal liability ..........................................................................................................  670

                Powers ........................................................................................................................... 364

                Removal from office ....................................................................................................... 66

                Removal of appointees ..............................................................................................  372

                Salaries .......................................................................................................................... 372

                Terms of office ............................................................................................................  376

                Vacancies, filling..................................................................................................... 69, 372

                Voting ...........................................................................................................................  380

                Wards ............................................................................................................................ 372

 

D

Debt, see also Bonds or Finance............................................................................................... 384

Development, see also City Development Board or Industrial Development

                Financing, tax increment bonds ................................................................................. 403

                Tax exemption for new industrial construction .................................................... 427B

                Urban revitalization tax exemptions .........................................................................  404

                Use of public funds for economic development .................................................... 15A

Dogs .............................................................................................................................................. 351

 

E

Elections, see also Voting ......................................................................................... 39, 43-53, 376

Eminent Domain ....................................................................................................................  6A, 6B

Employee Access to Personnel Files........................................................................................ 91B

Employees ............................................................................................................................. 372, 730

Employment .................................................................................................................................... 71

 

 

F

Finance, see also Budgets or Taxes .......................................................................................... 384

Fire Departments and Firefighters ..................................................................... 364, 400, 410, 411

Fire protection required .............................................................................................................. 364

Forms of City Government ......................................................................................................... 372

Franchises, election of ................................................................................................................ 364

 

G

Gifts ...................................................................................................................................  68B & 364

 

H

Health Insurance Continuation................................................................................................ 509B

Home rule amendment .............................................................................................. Const III, 38A

 

I

Improvements, Public .........................................................................................................  384, 573

Incorporation................................................................................................................................. 368

Industrial Development............................................................................................................... 419

Interest in Public Contract Prohibited....................................................................................... 362

Intergovernmental Relations ..................................................................................................... 28E

Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System (IPERS)............................................................. 97B

 

L

Lease Purchasing ......................................................................................................................... 364

Leaves of Absence for Candidacy and Public Service ......................................................... 68B

Legislation .................................................................................................................................... 380

Liability.......................................................................................................................................... 670

Library board of trustees ............................................................................................................ 392

Local Option Taxes ........................................................................................................ 422A, 422B

Local Preferences, purchase of goods and services ............................................................  23A

 

M

Mandates by State ...................................................................................................................... 25B

Mayors

                Generally ....................................................................................................................... 372

                Appointed under council-manager form .................................................................  372

                Appointments............................................................................................... 372, 388, 400

                Appointment of civil service commission members ............................................... 400

                City legislation responsibilities ................................................................................. 380

                Member, county conference board ..........................................................................  441

                Oaths, power to administer ......................................................................................  63A

                Pro tem............................................................................................................................ 372

                Removal from office ......................................................................................................  66

                Vetoing ordinance or resolution................................................................................. 380

                Voting in council .................................................................................................. 372, 380

Military Code – Leaves of Absence.................................................................................... 29A.28

Minimum Wage............................................................................................................................ 91D

Municipal Infractions .................................................................................................................  364

 

N

Nepotism

                Employment and payments generally prohibited...................................................... 71

Notices, publication .................................................................................................................... 362

Nuisances ..................................................................................................................................... 657

 

O

Oath (or Affirmation) of Office ................................................................................................  63A

Occupational Hearing Loss........................................................................................................ 85B

Occupational Safety and Health................................................................................................... 88

Official Misconduct ..................................................................................................................... 721

Open Meetings .............................................................................................................................. 21

Open Records ................................................................................................................................. 22

Ordinances............................................................................................................................. 364, 380

 

P

Park boards, other agencies ....................................................................................................... 392

Parks ........................................................................................................................................... 461A

Petitions .........................................................................................................................................362

Police Chief appointment .................................................................................................... 372, 400

Police/Fire Retirement Systems.................................................................................................. 411

Publication Notice ............................................................................................................... 362, 618

Public Employment Relations ...................................................................................................... 20

Public Safety Officers Retirement Accident and Disability System.................................... 97A

 

R

Residence Districts .....................................................................................................................  414

Resolutions

                Defined .......................................................................................................................... 362

                Approval of financial institution as depository...................................................... 12C

                Agreements with other agencies .............................................................................  28E

                Adoption of code of ordinances supplement ........................................................  380

                Caring for public places .............................................................................................  364

                City development ......................................................................................................... 368

                City finance matters ..................................................................................................... 384

                Home rule charter proposal and amendment ..........................................................  372

                Joint financing of public works and facilities ...................................................  28F, 76

                Withdrawal from an aviation authority ................................................................. 330A

Road Use Tax ............................................................................................................................... 312

 

S

Snow Removal .............................................................................................................................. 364

Special Charter Cities ..........................................................................................................  372, 420

Subdivisions ................................................................................................................................  354

 

T

Taxes

                Hotel/motel local option tax ...................................................................................  422A

                Tax increment financing (TIF) ...................................................................................  403

Tort Liability of Government Subdivisions...................................................... 668, 670, 364, 384

Trees, removal .............................................................................................................................. 364

 

U

Unemployment Compensation.................................................................................................... 96

Urban Renewal ............................................................................................................................  403

Utilities

                Generally ......................................................................................................................  388

                City utility defined ....................................................................................................... 362

 

 

V

Veterans Preference........................................................................................................ 35C, 400.10

Volunteers, tort liability .............................................................................................................. 670

Voting

                Generally ..............................................................................................................  376, 380

                Councils .................................................................................................  39, 372, 376, 380

                Mayors .................................................................................................... 39, 372, 376, 380


                Ties ...............................................................................................................................  380

                Three considerations of ordinances ......................................................................... 380

                Zoning changes ..........................................................................................................  414

 

W

Wastewater Treatment ............................................................................................................  455B

Workers Compensation................................................................................................................. 85

 

Z

Zoning……………………………………………………………............………………………414