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We've told you reasons why Council Bluffs - Iowa's Leading Edge - is a wonderful community in which to live, and now here's the proof. Every day, people contact the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce requesting information about our city.

The following section is an attempt to answer some of the more-frequently-asked questions. You will find facts about our low cost of living, growing populations and seasonal climates.

Also included is information about the government in Council Bluffs and surrounding areas, our economic environment and more.

All these factors combined, make Council Bluffs a great place to live ...

Cost of Living

The cost of living in the Council Bluffs-Omaha metropolitan area is well below the national average.

Climate

The weather in Council Bluffs will allow you to experience the beauty of the seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter.

The summers are typically warm, and the winters are seasonably cold. Most precipitation occurs March through September in the form of showers and thunderstorms in the evening.

The average winter temperature is 24.8 degrees F while the average summer temperature is 73.8 degrees F.

For the most current weather update, visit the National Weather Service web site at www.nws.noaa.gov.

Geography

Council Bluffs is located in southwest Iowa on the banks of the Missouri River. The city, located in Pottawattamie County, extends from the banks of the river to the scenic Loess Hills.

The elevation of the city is 1,289 feet above sea level. Council Bluffs surrounds a centralized business district.

Interstates 80 and 29 intersect in the southern portion of the city.

Taxes

Income Taxes: The state of Iowa taxes wages and compensation that are subject to federal graphicwithholding and subject to Iowa withholding.

For more information regarding rate of taxation for income, contact the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance at (800) 367-3388.

Property Tax: Property in Iowa is assessed every year. There are 93 taxing districts in Pottawattamie County. The roll back is state mandated and fluctuates from between 54-59 percent of the assessed value.

Government

City: The city of Council Bluffs is operated under a nonpartisan mayor/council form, with the mayor and five council members elected at-large by a popular vote.

To be eligible for election, residents must be 18 years of age and an eligible/qualified voter in the city of Council Bluffs.

The mayor is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the city, and it is the responsibility of the city council to establish city policy and certify the budget.

The council meets the second and fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 209 Pearl St, Second Floor. During December, the council meets once.graphic

For further information, call the city clerk at (712) 328-4616.

County: Pottawattamie County is operated under a five-member board of supervisors elected at-large. To be eligible to be elected, a candidate must be 18 years of age and a resident of the county.

The board of supervisors meets every Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse, 227 S Sixth St, Second Floor, Board of Supervisors Hearing Room.

Also elected are the county attorney, auditor, recorder, sheriff and treasurer. For further information, call (712) 328-5644.

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