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Iowa City to Review City Rules

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Iowa City wants to review how their government is doing.

City leaders are now accepting applications for a nine member commission who will be able to do just that.

The process is known as the Charter Review Commission.

What it does is allow these nine members to examine the structure of Iowa Citys government and some residents say they are all for it.

"They are looking out for the people a lot and I think that's really good, said Aaron Moka, an Iowa City Resident.

Looking out for the people by reviewing high profile issues throughout the city.

That's what a charter review commission does for Iowa City every ten years.

"They look at various codes and regulations and see if they still apply to the Iowa City community, said Iowa City Council Member Kingsley Botchway II.

City leaders say the process allows them to decide if laws governing the city need to change.

One of those laws includes how the city elects its mayor.

Right now, the council is responsible for choosing a mayor.

When the nine member commission is formed, they will decide if it should stay that way or if voters should elect the mayor

"Iowa City in particular is different from a lot of other cities in Iowa because of our rule which means that Iowa City can do some different things, said Botchway.

But within a year of formation the charter review commission will be able to make recommendations to the council about changing certain rules.

Some residents say they like the idea.

"It gives everybody's input so...everybody has a say and you're not leaving anybody out, said Reed Smith.

"Here in Iowa City in general, it's really important to go back and see what the people actually want. What the people actually need, said Hassan Ahamed.
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