Boards & Commissions
Boards & Commissions
Board of Review (Assessing)
The Board of Review meets for three days each March to hear citizen appeals regarding property assessments. This board has the power to raise or lower the assessed value of properties in light of the evidence presented and in accordance with state law.
Building Board of Appeals
Hears and decides on appeals made regarding the application or interpretation of the Housing Code and Rental Housing Code. The BBA also serves in hearing cases and affirming, modifying, or reversing the decisions of the Dangerous Buildings Hearing Officer.
Has the power to enact all ordinances deemed necessary for the establishment, maintenance, and protection of all cemeteries, together with all the improvements thereon, owned or hereafter acquired by the city either within or without its corporate limits.
Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
Promotes economic growth to increase property tax valuation and halt property value deterioration in the business district of the city.
Has charge of all activities and duties required of it by state law and the city charter relating to the conduct of elections in the city. Appoints election inspectors and determines compensation for election personnel.
Historic District Commission
Conducts design review hearings in a quasi-judicial capacity to decide issues relating to the enforcement of the Historic District ordinance and to permit, within standards established by the ordinance, exceptions to strict compliance with the terms of the ordinance in recognized historic districts and as applied to designated landmarks.
Historic District Study Committee
Advises the City Commission on historic preservation issues including the establishment of historic districts and landmarks and the nomination of such districts and landmarks to the National Register of Historic Places and the state register. Encourages and promotes historic preservation through publications, education, the collection of historical materials, and the identification of historical resources which warrant preservation.
Manages all public housing facilities and rental voucher (Section 8) programs in the city. Public housing facilities include scattered-site rental housing, home purchase programs, and senior residential developments.
Works toward improvements in library services through well-trained staff and efficient use of funds and promotes the best possible use of library resources.
Local Compensation Committee (Pay Commission)
A special-purpose body established pursuant to state law, the LCC meets in odd years to set the compensation for elected City officials.
This body is required and regulated by state law. One of its major duties is the development of the city's Comprehensive Plan, a master plan for current and future land use. In accordance with this plan and the current Zoning Ordinance, the Planning Commission provides recommendations to the City Council on rezoning requests and changes to the Zoning Ordinance text. The Planning Commission also has responsibility for reviewing and approving Special Use Permits.