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A mayor/council form of government has been in effect for many decades, with council members elected for four-year terms from ward divisions plus two at-large positions. The mayor is elected for a two-year term. The Council enacts ordinances, establishes policies & procedures, adopts procedures and regulates the delivery of services such as streets, development, water, and sanitation.

The City of Keokuk has a strong commitment to the economic and social vitality of the community and works closely with the Chamber and economic development groups in the efforts to expand existing businesses and to attract new firms to the community.

All City Council meetings are open to the public, with workshop sessions on the second and fourth Mondays at 4:30 p.m. in City Hall, and council meetings on the first and third Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. City services are financed by $323,830,901.00 property tax base, with an assessed tax rate per $1,000 of $12.98.

A professional police and fire department serves the city with 26 and 18 full-time positions, respectively. The fire insurance class in the city is 5. Outside the city it is 9. Ninety-eight percent of the streets in Keokuk are paved, and a city zoning ordinance is in effect, with subdivision design standards and ordinances.

Keokuk boasts one of the most advanced water delivery systems in the state. New construction in 1998 and 1999 expanded Keokuk Municipal Water Works’ plant capacity to 14 million gallons per day. Two towers provide elevated storage capacity of 2 million gallons. A secondary waste water treatment plant serves 99% of the community, with a design capacity of 5 million gpd.

Electrical and natural gas services are provided by private companies, as are telecommunications.

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