Basic information on all of the different federal and state funding programs that are available to local public agencies in Iowa.
This report shows each city and county's monthly payments of Transportation Investment Moves the Economy in the 21st Century (TIME-21). The monthly payment for TIME-21 is part of the Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) payment distributed to counties and cities monthly.
Monthly fluctuations in TIME-21 revenue at the end of a fiscal year, and beginning of the next fiscal year, are due to the fact that annual vehicle registration revenue goes entirely to the RUTF until it reaches a cap of $392 million for the fiscal year. Once the RUTF hits $392 million for the year, all remaining annual registration revenue goes to the TIME-21 Fund. In addition, RUTF revenue is distributed with a one-month lag (i.e. it is collected one month and distributed to the DOT, cities and counties the next month) while TIME-21 revenue is distributed on a two-month lag (i.e. it is collected one month and distributed two-months later). The impact of these two issues is illustrated in the following chart.
Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF)
||Iowa DOT Per Capita Forecast
* The COVID-19 pandemic is excepted to continue to impact the per capita distribution from the Road Use Tax Fund. As of November 2020, projections show an 8% reduction to all payments through the end of FY 21.
You can look up the monthly amount of Road Use Tax Funds paid to your city on the State Treasurer’s website. (Select payment type: Street Construction) Please note that these are actual payments made and not forecasted amounts so they are not available prior to the payments being made each month.
Cities with population of less than 500
The counties are responsible for the maintenance of Farm-to-Market (FM) roads in cities with a population of less than 500. To fund this maintenance, a portion of the city’s Road Use Tax (RUT) fund revenue based on the total length of the FM roads in each of these cities is transferred to the respective county. Many cities have entered into 28E agreements with the county to return a portion or all of the responsibility for the road back to the city, along with a corresponding amount of RUT funds.
You can look up your city and see the amount the county has been receiving from the city's RUT Funds for the maintenance of these FM roads on the State Treasurer's website.
(Select payment type: Transfer of Jurisdiction/Farm-To-Market Extension)
Please be sure to reduce the amount of RUT revenue you budget accordingly if you are under 500 in population. If the city is receiving funds from the County through a 28E agreement, be sure that revenue is also reflected in your budget. Remember, these funds are still restricted in the same manner as all Road Use Tax revenue and must be spent in accordance with the Code of Iowa Chapter 312 and any terms of the 28E agreement.
On an annual basis, the Iowa DOT extends federal-aid, federal-aid swap, and state funding for replacement or rehabilitation of city-owned bridges that have been classified by an engineering inspection as poor. Bridges are assigned priority points based on criteria shown on the Priority Point Worksheet. Once a city requests that an eligible bridge be considered for funding, it is ranked annually until an offer of funding is made and accepted by the city or the city requests that the bridge no longer be considered for funding. The majority of funds for this program are federal-aid swap, and vary according to the current federal funding methodology and availability of funds. For more information, refer to I.M. 1.100, Highway Bridge Programs for Cities and Counties.