West Des Moines, IA Rhonda R. Deters, Grundy County Auditor, and Todd Rickert, CPC Administrator, together with county officials and employees from across the state traveled to Des Moines on Wednesday, March 12, for the Sixth Annual County Day at the Capitol hosted by the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC). The event gave county officials and employees the opportunity to be involved in the legislative process by promoting legislation that is of importance to counties.
The event began at 10:00 am in the Wallace Building auditorium. ISAC staff spoke about the current hot issues and the latest on mental health redesign, road funding, addressing user fees, and other issues that will impact local government. From there, the group traveled to the Capitol at 11:00 am. The time at the statehouse gave county officials and employees the opportunity to participate in the lobbying process by meeting with their respective legislators.
County officials focused their discussions with their legislators on ISAC's top priorities which are road funding, mental health and disability services, user fees and rural improvement zones. Each of these issues will have significant fiscal impacts on counties. County officials shared with their Senators and Representatives these fiscal impacts.
The Capitol Rotunda was filled with ISAC affiliate member organization displays. This gave the different county offices the opportunity to introduce legislators and the public to the important services counties provide and their role in the effective administration of county services.
Lunch was provided for legislators and attending county officials in the Capitol Rotunda West Wing. This again gave county officials and employees the opportunity to interact with legislators.
County Day at the Capitol gave ISAC members an opportunity to work toward improving county government.