City Certifies Maximum Tax Levy/Holds Budget Hearing

It is budget time for the cities in Iowa.  Due to new legislation, cities are required to hold two public hearings prior to approving a new budget.  All cities must pass a resolution establishing the maximum property tax dollars to certify for the levy, as defined in Section 384.15A of the state code.   The new legislation also created a 2% threshold that applies to the revenue derived from certain levies.  If the city’s planned revenue growth from those levies increases by more than 2%, as did the City of Huxley, the council must pass a resolution by at least two-thirds of the members.  Along with the new resolution, all cities must post notification and hold an additional public hearing and vote on the maximum property tax dollars to certify for the levy. Once the maximum property tax dollars resolution is adopted, the city can proceed to adopt the annual city budget. The entire process must be completed by March 31, 2022 and approved budgets are submitted to the Department of Management.  Below are links to the public hearings and resolutions.

Maximum Tax Levy Hearing Notice/Resolutions

City Council Appoints New Council Member

On November 23, 2021, by Resolution 21-112, Huxley City Council acted to approve filling an upcoming Council vacancy by appointment. The vacancy is the result of a Council Member resignation that is effective January 1, 2022.

On January 11, 2022, by Resolution No. 22-003, Huxley City Council acted to approve the appointment of Kevin Thompson, 1128 South Sand Cherry Circle, to fill the vacancy left by a council member’s resignation.  The new appointee will begin their term at the January 18th council work session and will complete the term through December 2023.

Applications Being Accepted for Full-Time Public Works Department Employee

The City of Huxley is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Public Utility Employee I. This person will perform work under general direction. They will assist in the operation and maintenance of equipment and facilities used in the Water, Wastewater, Street operations of the Public Works Department and also Park maintenance operations. See link below for job description wage range and application.

Job Description/Application

 

 

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let It Snow! City’s Snow Removal Ordinance

Below are the regulations pertaining to snow removal in the City of Huxley.

  1. 69.10 SNOW REMOVAL. Vehicles shall not be parked or left standing on any part of the right-of-way of a public street during any time when snow removal operations are in progress and before such operations have resulted in the removal or clearance of snow or ice from such street or streets. There shall be a presumption that snow removal operations are in progress whenever there is an accumulation of at least one inch of snow or ice continuing until such accumulations have actually been removed from a public right-of-way.
  2. 135.12 DUMPING OF SNOW. It is unlawful for any person to throw, push, or place or cause to be thrown, pushed, or placed, any ice or snow from private property, sidewalks, or driveways onto the traveled way of a street or alley so as to obstruct gutters, or impede the passage of vehicles upon the street or alley or to create a hazardous condition therein; except where, in the cleaning of large commercial drives in the business district it is absolutely necessary to move the snow onto the street or alley temporarily, such accumulation shall be removed promptly by the property owner or agent. Arrangements for the prompt removal of such accumulations shall be made prior to moving the snow.
  3. 136.03 REMOVAL OF SNOW, ICE AND ACCUMULATIONS. The abutting property owner shall remove snow, ice, and accumulations promptly from sidewalks. If a property owner does not remove snow, ice, or accumulations within a reasonable time, not to exceed 24 hours from the end of the event, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax. The abutting property owner may be liable for damages caused by failure to remove snow, ice, and accumulations promptly from the sidewalk.