Fort Madison plans to have its new rental property inspection program up and running by July.
City Manager Byron Smith says Fort Madison is finalizing the forms and documents related to the program. It has already received city council approval.
Smith says letters will soon be sent to the owners of rental properties throughout the city. He says it will inform them that property registration will get underway in July, with inspections to begin shortly afterwards.
A commonly-used incentive program for downtown development is advancing in Fort Madison.
The city council has approved the second reading of an ordinance that would create a new tax increment financing district.
A portion of the property taxes collected on buildings within a TIF district goes to infrastructure projects. A baseline property value will be developed to determine the amount available for new sidewalks or streets.