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DUBUQUE, Iowa - Partnerships, investment, redevelopment and diversity. Those were some of the key alking points for Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol in the 7th annual State of the City Address on Monday night.
Walking into his familiar council chambers, Mayor Roy Buol proudly delivered what's become his familiar message.
Buol said, "I am honored to deliver the 7thState of the City Address."
Continued job growth topped Buol's list of Dubuque bragging rights. He revealed Heartland Financial's plan to expand into the Historic Roshek Building, bringing along 50 new jobs.
Buol said, "During the past year, of the State's largest metros, Dubuque remains the only city with a job growth rate of over 2 percent. "
Buol pointed to the city's public/private partnerships as a method of keeping Dubuque's property tax rate low. It's the second lowest, among the 9 largest cities in Iowa. Still, that rate is set to increase.
"In fiscal year 2014, the property tax rate will increase from $10.32 per thousand of assessed value to $11.03," said Buol. "This will result in an increase of almost $33 in 2014 for the average residential property owner. "
Buol highlighted Dubuque's Circles Initiative. That's a program aimed at helping low-income families move into the middle class.
Buol closed with a personal story of growing up poor.
"Dubuque gave us the intangibles, that x-factor that separates okay communities from remarkable communities," said Buol.