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A city may certify, for the general fund levy, taxes which are not subject to the limit provided in section 384.1, and which are in addition to any other moneys the city may wish to spend for such purposes, as follows:
2. A tax not to exceed eighty-one cents per thousand dollars of assessed value for development, operation, and maintenance of a memorial building or monument, subject to the provisions of subsection 1(see below).
Subsection 1 is as follows:
a. Upon receipt of a petition valid under the provisions of section 362.4, the council shall submit to the voters at the next regular city election the question of whether a tax shall be levied. b. If a majority approves the levy, it may be imposed. c. The levy can be eliminated by the same procedure of petition and election. d. A tax authorized by an election held prior to the effective date of the city code may be continued until eliminated by the council, or by petition and election.
The city of Grinnell is currently under the following building codes:
If a currently paved driveway is being replaced or repaired without increasing in size, no permit is needed. If a dirt or gravel driveway is being paved or a paved driveway will increase in size, a permit is needed. If you are unsure if you need a permit contact the Building & Planning Department at 641-236-2600.
Mechanical permits are required for the new installation or replacement of existing mechanical equipment including central air conditioners, furnaces, air handlers, mini-split systems, and any other types of equipment. If you are unsure if you need a permit contact the Building & Planning Department at 641-236-2600.
The City of Grinnell requires an electrical permit for work that is outside of the electrical panel. If work is to be done which includes the addition of a new circuit to a breaker, the State of Iowa requires a permit to be obtained and the state will also complete the inspection. For work that includes working inside the panel, please contact Tim Shaw at 515-205-8815 to both obtain a permit and schedule an inspection. If you are unsure if you need a permit from the City of Grinnell contact the Building & Planning Department at 641-236-2600.
Plumbing permits are required for the new installation or replacement of existing plumbing equipment including water heaters & supply, drain, and vent lines. Fixtures such as toilets, faucets, and shower heads do not require a permit as long as the work being completed does not interfere with the existing valve; if a new valve is to be installed, a permit will need to be obtained and test shall be completed. If you are unsure if you need a permit contact the Building & Planning Department at 641-236-2600.
Permit fees are based on the valuation of the work performed, including both materials and labor. If labor is at no cost, the permit fee is based on the material cost times two. Permit fees include all normal plan reviews and inspections. Beginning July 1, 2018 a number of items are charged a flat rate regardless of the valuation of the work completed.
If you are new to your home and a red recycle bin is not at the premise, call 641-236-2632 to arrange for a bin to be delivered to your home free of charge. If you are in need of an extra bin, or if your bin has been lost or stolen, it costs $9.00 to replace. If your bin has been damaged, a replacement bin can be obtained in exchange for the damaged bin at no charge. Call 641-236-2632 for further details.
Commercial (Business) customers should contact the South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency at 641-828-8545 ext. 2 to discuss options for Sharps disposal. Preparation
$1.30 bags and stickers are available at the following locations: Fareway, Hy-Vee, McNally's Super Valu, Paul's Ace Hardware, Theisens, Public Service Department, and the City Office
If you have a newer gallon meter there is a leak detector on the meter. It is a red triangle in the center of the top of the meter. It should not be turning unless someone or something is using water at the time. If it is indicating usage when there shouldn't be any, you should contact your plumber to determine the source of the leak.