For a year, Spencer Mayor Reynold Peterson prepared to be president of the Iowa League of Cities Executive Board. During the League's annual business meeting on Sept. 27 in Sioux City, Peterson accepted the position and the responsibilities that come with it.
"Presiding over the board is the easiest part," Peterson said of the quarterly meetings.
Peterson will serve on the legislative and audit committees, in addition to a new committee focused on property tax reform.
"The League realizes we need property tax reform to help out commercial property tax payers," Peterson said. "However, we also realize some of the proposed plans would be very detrimental to cities. We're trying to come up with a plan that we would present to the legislature that would be favorable for all."
Peterson will also serve as an ambassador for the league, including providing updates at regional League meetings.
He has a series of goals, including a property tax reform recommendation.
"My No. 1 goal is to leave the League in a better state than when I inherited it, which is a very good financial position," Peterson said. "No. 2 is to keep up the financial situation of the League. We need to recruit associate members and encourage cities to become dues-paying members of the League."
Peterson plans to contact cities who are not members to tout the benefits of membership.
His term will continue until the annual business meeting on the last weekend of September 2013 in Dubuque. Prior to that statewide meeting, the board will convene in a new location.
"One of the things I'm most pleased about is I will preside over the board in a brand new office location in Des Moines," Peterson said. "We've been working for about four years on an office relocation. The August board meeting will be the first one there."
Peterson is thrilled to be in the position.
"I am very honored to serve in this position," he said. "The Iowa League of Cities is the oldest league of cities organization in the United States - over 100 years old. It's a tremendous honor to be named the president of this organization."