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Posted on: March 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Most Linn County Facilities Close to the Public

Most Linn County Offices Closed

Updated March 23, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to limit public interactions and gatherings under guidance by local, state, and federal officials, most Linn County facilities are closed to the general public effective immediately. The closure is scheduled through March 31, which may be modified if necessary. County services will remain operational and available to the public either online or via phone or email. Departments are making efforts to ensure minimal disruption to public services during this time. Contact information for all County departments is available at Linncounty.org.

Closures include these County buildings:

  • Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center
  • Community Services Building – including Options of Linn County
  • Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building – with the exception of the Child Development Center as the Iowa Department of Human services is not recommending closure of childcare facilities at this time
  • Juvenile Detention and Diversion Services
  • Secondary Road Department
  • Wickiup Hill Learning Center
  • LIFTS – office is closed to the public; however routes are still running for essential needs. Fares will be waived and the number of riders will be limited during each route.
  • NEW: Linn County Sheriff’s Office; The Civil Division will continue to serve legal processes and the Patrol Division will continue to respond to emergency and routine calls for service.

Exceptions:

The Linn County Child Development Center will remain open as the Iowa Department of Human services is not recommending closure of childcare facilities at this time.

Linn County Courthouse – normal operating hours

Juvenile Justice Center (Juvenile Courthouse) – normal operating hours

Property Taxes and Vehicle Registration

Residents can pay property taxes and vehicle registrations online at IowaTaxandTags.org. There is also a drop box outside of the Public Service Center at 935 2nd St. SW in Cedar Rapids where payments can be deposited. Be sure to include your contact information with the business you are dropping off so we may contact you with questions. Please note if your vehicle registration expired Jan. 16, 2020 or later, you do not need to renew your registration at this time. Read more from the IDOT.

On March 20, Governor Reynolds announced the temporary suspension of penalties and interest for delayed property tax payments until April 16, 2020. Late interest and penalty on property tax payments will apply beginning April 17.

Election Services

Candidates for county and township offices may continue to file their nomination papers through the upcoming March 20 (General Election) and March 25 (Primary Election) filing deadlines by calling 319-892-5300, option 1 in advance or when they arrive so that elections staff may meet them at the door.

Voters may continue to register to vote or update their registrations online at LinnCounty.org or by printing, filling out, and mailing in a voter registration form. Those without internet access may call Election staff at 319-892-5300, option 1 to request a paper form.

Voters are encouraged to request vote-by-mail absentee ballots for the Primary Election. Election Services will soon be mailing request forms to each active voter household in the county. Voter request forms are also available at LinnCounty.org.

Voters may view lists of candidates who have filed and find other election related information at LinnCountyElections.org or by calling 319-892-5300 option 1.

Linn County continues to work with our partners to ensure the health and safety of our community during this time. Linn County Public Health (LCPH) is working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as local public and private partners in response to COVID-19.

Please visit Linn County’s website LinnCounty.org/COVID-19 for local updates and related information. 

A public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-469-2211.

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