The association holds its annual meeting on the third Wednesday of February. The public is invited to join our members for breakfast, an update on the year’s initiatives, and a presentation on a subject of current interest to local taxpayers.

2020 Annual Meeting

A panel of professionals comprised of a consultant, Mr. Mark Jacobs, Reaching Higher Iowa, representatives from the Iowa School Board Association, Ms. Patti Schroeder and Mr. Shawn Snyder, and Waukee Community Schools superintendent, Dr. Brad Buck  responded to these questions: Are Iowa’s public schools adequately funded? Are Iowans getting a good return on their investment? 

Matt Wagner welcomes guests and panelists: Dr. Brad Buck, Waukee Comm. Schools; Ms. Patti Schroeder and Mr. Shawn Snyder, Iowa Association of School Boards, and Mr. Mark Jacobs, Reaching Higher Iowa.
Guests enjoyed continental breakfast and the winter gardens at the Botanical Center.
Panelists found points of agreement ... and disagreement...about K-12 Education Funding and Outcomes.
Former president, Gretchen Tegeler, received the In the Public Interest Award

2019 Annual Meeting

  • In the Public Interest Award presented to the cities of Clive and Urbandale for their collaboration on Fire Station #43.

  • Jared Walczak from the National Tax Foundation offered a primer on property tax limitations.
  • Polk County Assessor Randy Ripperger warned of a tsunami-like increase in property assessments.  
2018 Annual Meeting
  • Chairman Bob O’Hollearn presented the In the Public Interest Award to Christine Hensley for 24 years of outstanding public service on the Des Moines City Council.


  • Mayors and City Managers representing 5 metro-area cities explained their unique approaches to anticipated revenues should the Local Option Sales & Service Tax be approved.


  • The annual meeting provides an opportunity for networking and fellowship.