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This page has been created to house City of Cedar Rapids data and information requested by City Council candidates. All City Council members, candidates and the public have access to this information.

Election Information
For election information, including details on how to file for office, and other candidate and campaign resources, please visit the Linn County website.

Cedar Rapids Council Districts
Cedar Rapids is divided into five council districts. A council member is elected by the eligible voters within each district. The council member must reside within the district to hold office.
City Council District Maps

About City Government
The City of Cedar Rapids serves more than 128,000 people who live, work and play in the City of Five Seasons. The City is operated under the Council-Manager Form of Government and governed by a part-time, nine-member City Council elected by the public.  More than 1,300 people work for the City of Cedar Rapids, providing services for all residents and businesses.

Charter of the City of Cedar Rapids


Duties of the Mayor
Section 2.06 of the Cedar Rapids City Charter and Iowa Code Section 372.14 outline the official powers and duties of the Mayor. 

City Budget
The fiscal year 2018 budget was presented to the Mayor and City Council on February 9, 2017.  The City provides the following services: public safety, public works, solid waste collection, animal control,  parking, ground transportation, community development and municipal water and sewer.  The City also provides cultural and recreational opportunities through various departments and commissions. BUDGET DOCUMENTS

Stormwater Masterplan
On November 1, 2016, the City Council adopted a new Stormwater Master Plan. Plan details and documents are available here.


Water Quality 
Each year the Cedar Rapids Water Division issues a comprehensive water quality report. The report is distributed to all water users and provides information about the water treatment process and the quality of your drinking water. View the 2016 report here.

Rezone Cedar Rapids
In 2015, the City updated its 15-year old comprehensive plan, using extensive community feedback. It's important that the City’s zoning code aligns and supports the direction of this new comprehensive plan.An update of the zoning code is currently underway.  Learn more here.

Paving for Progress 
The fourth construction season of the Paving for Progress campaign is underway, with 30 projects planned for the 2017 year. To date, 79 projects have been completed thanks to the local option sales tax. Learn more about the Paving for Progress campaign here.

Colton Property on Cottage Grove
Voucher Information:
Voucher No. 596625
Voucher No. 596626

Victory Enterprises Inc.
Expenditure summary from 1-1-2010 to 6-16-2017

CDBG Available Parcels 
Disposition as of 7-6-2017

Property Acquisitions at 4264 Cottage Grove SE and 1732 Wilson Avenue SW

Acquisition total costs: $238,645.70 which was funded by $177,634.28 federal HMGP grant, matched by $23,684.57 in state funds and the City paid $37,326.85 from the 90% LOST funding.

Acquisition total costs were $133,214.53 which was 100% funded by City bond funding.

Program guidelines for the acquisition of the two properties listed above, as well as the 2008 flood buyouts:

  • The Wilson Avenue property acquisition and relocation guidelines followed were Iowa Code 6B and the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act (1970); 49 C.F.R. Part 24. 
  • The Cottage Grove property acquisition and relocation was a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), regulations are located in Title 44 of the C.F.R.
  • The Voluntary Property Acquisition project was a HUD Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Disaster Recovery per the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act and the Uniform Relocation Act at CFR 24.

 Aquisition Funding Sources

2017 LOST Reports
Streets Local Option Sales Tax Expenditure Report

Local Option Sales Tax - Council Approved Activities - As of August 29, 2017

Use of 10% LOST for property tax relief

Political Signs and City Zoning
Informational Flyer

Economic Development payments through the City’s TIF funds
Summary of Current Economic Development Commitments

1000 Acre Pollinator Project
The City is not purchasing land to convert to pollinator habitat, but has analyzed the existing inventory of city managed lands and found around 400 suitable acres that will be targeted for conversion to diverse pollinator habitat.  These areas include parks, golf courses, roadway rights-of-way, detention basins, previously leased crop land and acreage at the Cedar Rapids Airport. Find more information about the project here.

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