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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

City Budget
The fiscal year 2020 budget was adopted by the Mayor and City Council in March, 2019.  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.

NCS Citizen Survey Report

In 2016 and 2018 the City of Cedar Rapids asked a sample of residents to participate in The National Citizen Survey™ (The NCS™). The survey is designed to provide information about how the city government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the City, and to make comparisons with peer cities. The survey centers on community livability and includes questions about the quality of life in the community, local policies, demographics, rating of local government services and resident use of services. The City plans to conduct ongoing surveys every two years in order to track trends, gauge citizen perceptions, and solicit feedback.

Survey results measure public perceptions and areas of interest for residents. Overall results for 2018 showed positive ratings and marked improvements in a large number of important categories, including employment opportunities, adult education, as a place to live and raise children, and overall quality of City services.


Housing and Homeless Support - Permanent Overflow Shelter

The City is working in partnership with Linn County staff and local service providers in pursuing permanent shelter options to help ensure the health and safety of residents during the winter months. A permanent location will allow social service agencies to focus time and resources on providing critical services. 

In August 2019, Linn County completed due diligence work on using a portion of the Fillmore Building at 520 11th St NW as the permanent location for the Overflow Shelter.  The County has identified funding resources for the necessary building improvements and budgeted for the basic building utility costs the remainder of the fiscal year.  The City would contribute a similar level of funding for the Overflow Shelter operational costs, approximately $22,000.  In the future, we anticipate the City’s share of operational costs will be included in the budget.

In addition to the Overflow Shelter, the City is also working with Linn County on the possibility of a Day Center at this same facility.  This would be an opportunity to provide needed services, such as a computer lab and mailboxes. The location also provides proximity to services at the Abbe Center and proposed mental health Access Center. 

Linn County is working on communications and a neighborhood engagement plan.  City and County staff are working together to ensure that residents are provided information in a timely manner.

Background on Community Overflow Weather Shelter System  
This effort originally began as a sub-committee of the Linn County Continuum of Care and is made up of more than 15 different service providers, as well as City and Linn County staff.  The mission of the program is, “to provide safe temporary shelter during life-threatening weather conditions until families and individuals are ready and able to engage with other housing services."  No one agency or service provider does this work alone. Through highly collaborative meetings, the Overflow Shelter leverages existing community services to meet this critical need. Creating a comprehensive way to  meet the needs of homeless populations improves the quality of life of those most vulnerable in our community.  Additionally, it improves the cost efficiency and effectiveness of providing those services.  Many public and non-profit agencies use valuable resources to assist homeless populations during the day until shelter facilities are available.  Law enforcement and hospital services are also impacted, as they struggle to find short-term solutions for those experiencing homelessness.

Last winter, the City took several steps to to assure Cedar Rapids residents are safe and warm.

Cedar Rapids Transit offered free bus rides all day during service hours on the coldest days, January 30 and 31. This allowed residents transportation options in order to avoid walking outside whenever possible.

The Downtown library also opened extended hours, beginning at 8:00 am Jan 30 and 31, and is always available as a warm location for those in need of shelter. Other warm locations available include the Ladd Library and the Ground Transportation Center.  The NewBo City Market also opened their building as a warm location this past winter when needed. 

Staff worked with Willis Dady to allow the main shelter and overflow shelter to remain open during the day January 30 and 31.  Staff also contacted Hy-Vee and secured lunch and snack donations for residents of the homeless shelters during this time. Shuttle transportation was provided from the homeless shelters to the library and back, for those who prefered to leave the shelters during the day.

Creating Safe, Equitable & Thriving Communities Fund


Automated Traffic Enforcement System

Automated traffic enforcement (ATE) is a safety countermeasure that is used to enhance roadway safety. Automated enforcement involves the enforcement of red-light running violations and speed limit violations. The use of ATE in Cedar Rapids has resulted in a decrease in the total number of crashes and crashes with injuries.

Automated Traffic Enforcement

Flood Control System | Project Funding 

The Flood Control System is designed to convey the same water volume as the flood of 2008, reducing flood risk through the heart of Cedar Rapids on both the west and east sides of the river. The system will include a combination of floodwalls, levees and gates, and incorporate aesthetic elements that reflect our community’s culture, history, and vision. 

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