When we say America's Hometown offers big city convenience in a small town package, we're not kidding. One of the big attractions of Charles City is that for a community of just under 8,000 residents it offers an existing infrastructure for a city of 10,000 or more. Charles City offers full-time professional police, fire and ambulance service, something unusual for many communities our size.
City services also include an annual ‘spring cleanup' collection, curbside brush collection, landscape waste landfill and some of the cleanest, best-tasting tap water around. The progressive city government is led by five at-large council members and mayor, along with a professional city administrator and full-time city staff. Time and time again the council has shown a willingness to do what it can in support of economic development and improving/maintaining Charles City's quality of life. The city provides water and sanitary sewer service to the community, while MidAmerican Energy provides electrical and natural gas service.
Weekly curbside residential garbage and recycling collection is also available in Charles City. America's Hometown also serves as the county seat of Floyd County, with the courthouse located just across the river from city hall. A three-person board of supervisors governs the county government end of things, with all of the elected county officials and county offices conveniently located right in town. Both the city and county governments work well together to enhance the service levels and quality of life in and around Charles City. In fact, America's Hometown is home to a first-of-its-kind joint venture in Iowa between city, county and state agencies with the new Cedar Valley Transportation Center – a joint road maintenance facility housing all three entities that ushers in a new era of government sharing and cooperation.
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