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Tax Abatement Available

On April 20, 2017 the Van Meter City Council adopted Resolution 2017-20 which approved and adopted an Urban Revitalization Plan. At the same meeting the City Council adopted Ordinance 257 which designated all real property contained within the incorporated limits of the City of Van Meter, as of April 1, 2017, to be within the City’s Urban Revitalization Area.

The Plan establishes property tax exemptions (tax abatement) for new value added across all property classifications as a result of renovations, additions, or new construction. The abatement is offered according to the following schedules:

For commercial and industrial property the abatement applies for 3 years at 100%.

For residential property (single or multi-family) the abatement applies for 5 years as follows: Year 1 – 100%, Year 2 – 100%, Year 3 – 100%, Year 4 – 75%, Year 5 – 50%.

It is important to note and understand:

1) Improvements must increase the actual value of the property by at least 15%.

2) The abatement is not automatic. It must be applied for and granted by BOTH the City Council AND the Dallas County Assessor’s Office. However, only one application is necessary. After approval, the City will forward the application to the County Assessor.

3) An application must be submitted to City Hall prior to February 1 of the assessment year for which the abatement is first claimed.

4) Valuation cannot be removed from the County’s assessment of a property AND property taxes must always be paid against the existing assessed value of a property. So get your application filed early when starting a project.

You can access the full text of the Urban Revitalization Plan here along with the application here.

Urban Revitalization Plan

Tax Abatement Application

If you have questions please call City Hall at (515) 996-2644.

Volunteer for the Library Board!

The City is seeking applicants for appointment to as many as three seats on the Van Meter Public Library Board of Trustees. If you want more information please contact CIty Hall. Those interested should fill out the application for appointment found here: http://vanmeteria.server276.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/AppointmentApplicaton.pdf

Parks and Recreation Seasonal Employment Opportunities

Van Meter Parks and Recreation Employment Opportunities 2017

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Temporary Library Hours

Library hours will be temporarily shortened for the month of March 2017 and possibly into April 2017.

Normal library hours should resume by May 2017.

Temporary Hours:

Monday: 10am – 4pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 4pm
Wednesday: 12pm – 7pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10am – 1pm
Sunday: Closed

Weeds and Brush Ordinance

Please be sure to review the ordinance pertaining to weeds and brush.

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Street Light Out?

To submit a street light outage, please follow this link:http://www.midamericanenergy.com/streetlight_outage.aspx

Van Meter recognized as a first in Iowa’s Certified Site Program

IEDA_CertifiedSiteOne of the fastest growing trends in the site selection business is the demand for certified industrial sites.  As companies continue to put pressure on the time allowed for making a location decision as well as the time required to start construction and complete the project, the need for certified sites increases.  The location decision process demands available sites, and those sites need to be ready for development.  Companies looking to build new facilities want sites that are shovel-ready and relatively risk free.

In an effort to capitalize on this trend, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) rolled out its certified site program in May 2012.  This is an independent, third-party certification program which uses the nationally recognized site selection firm of McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC) as the sole certifying agent.  MSC has designed a program based on a combination of industry needs as well as Iowa’s targeted industries and natural assets.

McCallum Sweeney Consulting, out of Greenville, SC was chosen based on their experience as site selectors as well as their groundbreaking work with mega site certification for the Tennessee Valley Authority.  They bring more than 70 years of combined senior staff experience to the program.

The program objective is to develop a portfolio of certified sites that will make Iowa more competitive in site selection projects.  Certification benefits include effective pro-active marketing; prepares the community for better re-active marketing; educates the developer on the site’s strengths and weaknesses; speeds up the development schedule by having due diligence completed.

PRESS RELEASE

Watch Governor Branstad announce the Certification here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCEvzmmjxMc&list=UU2sB1Xtho61GzWk6SA19yxA

Audit for fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

Completing financial audits and establishing appropriate internal controls are essential to maintaining financial health in a community. In addition, cities are required by law to conduct annual audits and file them with the State of Iowa. The process is not only a check against fraud but also an opportunity to learn about and implement better business practices, financial and otherwise, based on the auditor’s findings.

The City chooses to contract with the Auditor of State to review our financial reports and business activities. We choose to have that review done by the Auditor of State rather than an independent CPA firm because we want only the highest authority giving us feedback.

Having completed a full audit for the 2012 fiscal year, in which we received a clean bill of financial health, we decided to utilize a less expensive “examination” procedure to review 2013. The examination cost $3,990 rather than $8,175 for a full audit. The same tests and checks against fraud are utilized however the examination report does not provide as much context as a full audit. Basically, the examination report is a simple list of areas where the City has room for improvement.

The 2013 examination listed eleven findings that the City needs to address. A number of which have already been corrected and we are actively working to address the remaining issues. However, according to Brian Brustkern who managed the examination and reported the State Auditor’s findings to the City Council, there are fewer findings to report [in Van Meter] than in other Cities of similar size. Mr. Brustkern concluded his presentation to the City Council by saying, “All in all, things in this City are in pretty good shape.”

If you have questions regarding the Auditor’s findings please direct them to City Hall.

Click here to listen to the Audit Manager’s presentation to the City Council.

Click here to read the audit report.

Why You Want To Join Van Meter

Brochure CoverLooking to move to the Greater Des Moines area? With a quality school, family recreation, and a community that is united, Van Meter has a lot to offer. Find out more about why Van Meter is the next best place for you and your family here!