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Click here to navigate to the online form to submit your application to Volunteer for a Board or Commission.
Please submit the application to the City Clerk. The Mayor will review the application, determine appointments which are ratified by the City Council.
The census of 2010 indicated Marshalltown had 27,552 residents. More information can be found on the U.S. Census Bureau's website.
The City Council sets utility rates by Ordinance. Utility rate ordinances require a public hearing and three readings of the ordinance.
Utility rates are periodically reviewed by the council to ensure revenues pay the cost of providing the utility.
For specific rate information:
Sanitary sewer utility ordinance.
Storm water utility ordinance.
Landfill / Solid Waster utility ordinance.
Water rates - Set by the Water Works Board of the Marshalltown Water Works 641-753-7913
The Marshalltown Water Works performs the utility billing service for the City of Marshalltown. You'll receive one bill for Water, Sanitary, Storm and Landfill charges.
Garbage haulers are licensed by the City. Please contact them directly to arrange service. Download a list of licensed haulers.
Alliant Energy is the Electric and Gas provider.
There are a couple of ways you can accomplish this. Each department has a "contact" link on the department home page. You can fill out out the online form online or contact the Clerk directly following the instructions on the online form.
Yes. The City allows tax abatement on qualifying residential improvements and there is no dollar limit. Qualifying property must meet the following criteria:
Tax Abatement program freezes the assessed valuation prior to the eligible improvement during the Tax Abatement period for the parcel.
For more information about this topic, see our Tax Abatement application (PDF) or click here for a full page explanation
View the map of the City's Revitalization Areas and Urban Renewal Areas.
Please fill out the form and upload a sketch or google map indicating the streets blocked and where you’d like the barricades to be dropped off.
We have changed the application process to an online process. You will receive approval through email.
The city licenses garbage haulers. Please contract with a licensed hauler. Download the list of licensed haulers.
Yes. Click here for a list of licensed tree trimmers.
See Chapter 120 of the City Code for requirements.
Are you a tree trimmer that would like information about performing work in the right of way?
Please contact public works for more information about the Traffic Control Plan..
Do you need an application?
Interested in running for an elected position? This page will help you find everything you need to know to run for office.
The Council and the Mayor are elected positions. In odd years you may pick up information at the City Clerk's office or at the Marshall County Auditor's Office or the Iowa Secretary of State's office to run for the Marshalltown City Council. The seven Council positions are four-year staggered terms.
The next city election is Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Open seats: At Large, Second Ward, and Fourth Ward. Individuals desiring to run for a ward position must live in the ward at the time of filing nomination papers and at the time of the election.
Candidates must gather 25 "eligible" signatures and return the nomination papers and the Candidate's affidavit to the City Clerk, beginning Monday, August 26, 2019, and before 5 PM, Thursday, September 19, 2019. Papers may not be submitted outside of this time frame. Please refer to the Candidate's Guide for more information.
Current Council members and their terms
View our ward map.
Resources for elected officials:
State Auditor Mary Mosiman - video "Empowering City Elected Officials - A Guide from the Iowa Auditor of State" (The Marshalltown City Finance Director and staff handle financial matters for the City. The video prepared by the State Auditor pertains to the office of the city clerk in many of Iowa's small cities.)
Iowa Public Information Board: - Open Meetings - Open Records
Attorney General - Sunshine Advisories - Open Meetings - Open Records
Iowa Code Chapter 400 / 2016 - Civil Service
Iowa League of Cities
Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board
Iowa Secretary of State
Yes. The Council Manual was last reviewed and adopted by the City Council on October 9, 2017.
Four council members represent the wards. Three council members serve at-large.
Click here to download the list of contact information for the Mayor and Councilors.
View our ward map.
City Council agendas are available on the Friday afternoon prior to a City Council meeting. The council meets twice each month, on the 2nd and 4th Monday. Agendas are posted at City Hall and on the City of Marshalltown's website.Click here to view the agendas and minutes.
Agendas and minutes can be e-mailed by registering through the "Notify Me" page on this website or by request by contacting the City Clerk.
Videos of the meetings are provided by the Marshalltown Community College.
Marshalltown Community Colleges provides the community with videos of the City Council meetings and other community events.
The City Clerk prepares the monthly calendar of meetings. If you have any questions about the meetings contact the City Clerk's Office.
The Iowa Public Information Board is an independent agency governed by nine members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. They offer training to governmental bodies and are a good source of information regarding both Open Meetings and Open Records.
The Attorney General has issued Sunshine Advisories relating to both Open Meetings and Open Records.
What is a closed session? A closed session is a session where the governmental body is able to discuss issues without members of the public present.
Iowa Code Chapter 21.5 lists valid reasons for holding a closed session, rules of conduct during closed session, and how governmental bodies may take action based on discussion during the closed session.
Iowa Code Chapter 21 governs meetings of governmental bodies.
21.1 Intent — declaration of policy.
This chapter seeks to assure, through a requirement of open meetings of governmental bodies, that the basis and rationale of governmental decisions, as well as those decisions themselves, are easily accessible to the people. Ambiguity in the construction or application of this chapter should be resolved in favor of openness.
As used in this chapter:
1. “Governmental body” means:a. A board, council, commission, or other governing body expressly created by the statutes of this state or by executive order.b. A board, council, commission, or other governing body of a political subdivision or tax-supported district in this state.c. A multimembered body formally and directly created by one or more boards, councils, commissions, or other governing bodies subject to paragraphs “a” and “b” of this subsection.d. Those multimembered bodies to which the state board of regents or a president of a university has delegated the responsibility for the management and control of the intercollegiate athletic programs at the state universities.e. An advisory board, advisory commission, or task force created by the governor or the general assembly to develop and make recommendations on public policy issues.f. A nonprofit corporation other than a fair conducting a fair event as provided in chapter 174, whose facilities or indebtedness are supported in whole or in part with property tax revenue and which is licensed to conduct pari-mutuel wagering pursuant to chapter 99D or a nonprofit corporation which is a successor to the nonprofit corporation which built the facility.g. A nonprofit corporation licensed to conduct gambling games pursuant to chapter 99F.h. An advisory board, advisory commission, advisory committee, task force, or other body created by statute or executive order of this state or created by an executive order of a political subdivision of this state to develop and make recommendations on public policy issues.i. The governing body of a drainage or levee district as provided in chapter 468, including a board as defined in section 468.3, regardless of how the district is organized.j. An advisory board, advisory commission, advisory committee, task force, or other body created by an entity organized under chapter 28E, or by the administrator or joint board specified in a chapter 28E agreement, to develop and make recommendations on public policy issues.
2. “Meeting” means a gathering in person or by electronic means, formal or informal, of a majority of the members of a governmental body where there is deliberation or action upon any matter within the scope of the governmental body’s policy-making duties. Meetings shall not include a gathering of members of a governmental body for purely ministerial or social purposes when there is no discussion of policy or no intent to avoid the purposes of this chapter.3. “Open session” means a meeting to which all members of the public have access.