Update on the City’s Award-winning Budget

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Last week’s post about the upcoming budget sessions describes the process that the City Council and staff undergo to create a budget to meet the needs of our community. This undertaking is no small feat!

Finance Director Nancy Lueck has been with the Finance Department since 1977 and has served as the Director since fall of 2005. Nancy and her team have efficient procedures for handling the budget each year.

Not only does Iowa Code require cities of our size to complete an annual audit, but the City of Muscatine also submits the budget to be reviewed by The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) each year.

The City of Muscatine has been awarded a GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 32 consecutive years. In order to receive this award, a governmental unit must publish a budget document that meets program criteria as a policy document, as an…

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Mississippi Drive Public Hearing Set For Feb. 2

The Mississippi Drive project is slated to begin in the Spring of 2017!

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Last Thursday, Jan. 19, there was a great turnout at the Public Meeting for the Mississippi Drive Corridor Project! Thank you to all who attended. At the meeting, City Council, citizens, and staff came together for an informal presentation and a chance to view the latest design plans.

If you would like to see design plans, but were not able to make it to the meeting, you may still view the latest map of design plans! It is on display at Public Works, 1459 Washington Street.

Next Thursday, Feb. 2, there will be a Public Hearing on Mississippi Drive at the City Council Meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. 

More information about the project and design concepts from the previous public engagement meetings can be found on the project website.

The construction for the Mississippi Drive Corridor Project is set to begin later this spring.

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Governor Branstad to Attend Chinese New Year Concert in Muscatine!

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save-the-dateSpecial guests Governor Terry Branstad and his wife Chris will attend the Chinese New Year Concert in Muscatine on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at Calvary Church, 501 W. Bypass 61 and will feature the Shaanxi Province Song and Dance Theater National Orchestra. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

The concert will serve as a Chinese New Year celebration for the community as well as a time to recognize Governor Branstad for his commitment to the relationship between the State of Iowa and China before his pending appointment as U.S. Ambassador to China.

In 1983 Branstad was in his first term as governor when he signed the first sister state relationship agreement between the State of Iowa and Hebei Province. Following the sister state agreement, a small delegation from Hebei visited Iowa in 1985 to learn about modern agricultural…

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Budget Season for Fiscal Year 2017-2018

The 2017/18 budget process officially began on January 26th! The following is a link to the current budget, past budgets and the proposed budget: http://www.muscatineiowa.gov/666/Annual-Budget.

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It’s that time of year again! It’s budget season for the City of Muscatine.

The City of Muscatine must adopt an annual budget by March 15 of each year. The process began back in November, when departments received budget materials and instructions on the process. Now that each department’s budget proposals have been compiled, it is time for the City Council to hear the presentations before making their decisions on how to most effectively spend revenues.

Creating a budget for a full service city that meets our community’s needs but is responsible at the same time is no small feat. There are issues and challenges that come along with the budget process.

We want to make sure you have all of the information available to participate and stay engaged in the process. There are numerous opportunities to attend presentations before the Public Hearing, which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, March 2, but…

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Serve Your Community: Volunteer on Boards and Commissions

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One of the things that makes Muscatine a great place to live is the way members of our community come together to serve! From attending public meetings and providing input to serving on Boards & Commissions, it’s always wonderful to see strong participation by citizens.

There are many ways to perform volunteer service in Muscatine, and serving on Boards & Commissions with the City of Muscatine is an excellent place to do so!

We currently have openings on two boards and welcome your applications:

1) Zoning Board of Adjustment

The Zoning Board of Adjustment meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.

The purpose of this Board is to hear and decide appeals involving an alleged error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement and interpretation of the zoning ordinance and to hear and decide special exceptions to the zoning ordinance.

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City’s New Commercial Tax Abatement Program

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Urban revitalization or tax abatement is a tool to encourage economic development by providing incentives for new construction or for the expansion of existing facilities. An Urban Revitalization Area may include the entire city or designated areas of the city. Essentially, tax abatement is the temporary reduction of property taxes on the improvements made to an existing property. The owner would still have to pay the amount owed for taxes pre-improvement, but may qualify for decreased taxes on the improvements.

Qualified improvements may include new construction, remodeling, rehabilitation and additions to the existing property.

Tax abatement is great tool for Muscatine because it works to help businesses thrive! It cuts down barriers to entry or expansion for business owners as they either start or grow their business. In addition to commercial tax abatement, the City has industrial and housing incentives as well (see below). The City of Muscatine has several economic development initiatives designed to…

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Upcoming Special Events with Muscatine Parks and Recreation

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Each year, the Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department offers several events for people of all ages to enjoy! The following are the upcoming special events through the rest of the year. We hope you, your friends and your family will be able to take part in these events!

If you are interested in volunteering at any of the special events, please contact Karen at Muscatine Parks and Recreation at 563-263-0241. These events would be a great place for community groups to volunteer as well!

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Fall Festival

The Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Muscatine Mall Center Court. There will be several activities including coloring, cookie decorating, and more. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. This is a FREE event!


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Turkey Trot

The 2016 Muscatine “Turkey Trot” Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Muscatine Municipal Golf…

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