NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa - As the population of North Liberty continues to rise, city leaders are planning for the future of their town. The city council, along with city department heads, have come up with a list of top priorities for the next two years.
At the top of the list is conducting a special census. Even though the last census was conducted just four years ago, North Liberty officials believe their population numbers are already much higher. According to the 2010 census North Liberty has a population of just over 13,000, but it's estimated that number is now closer to 16,000. If a special census shows that higher estimate to be correct, the city could be in line to get more funding for road improvement projects.
"There will be enough increase in road use tax funds to pay for the census and give us an extra $6,000-$8,000 in funds," said Mayor Tom Salm.
Other priories for the city include upgrading the water and wastewater plants to provide greater capacity; hiring a housing inspector, planning for a city campus that would include city, hall, police, and fire in one location; and forming a Citizen Visioning Program to get input from residents about what they want in their community.