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Madrid Community Endowment Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications

Madrid Community Endowment Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications for 2019

The Madrid Community Endowment Fund Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Grant Applications for 2019 are now being accepted.  The MCEF Board has determined the amount that is available for grants in 2019 is $6,200.  Application forms can be found at  The deadline for Grant applications is April 30, 2019.  The Grants will be awarded at the Madrid Historical Museum on Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 PM.

Grants from the Endowment Fund may be made to organizations as described in Section 501(C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and units of government and which are consistent with the purposes and mission of MCEF.  As of December 31, 2018, the fund balance was $129,515.  MCEF is authorized to make awards up to 5% of fund balance.  The principal is never touched so the funds keep growing and your gift will keep on giving forever.

Since the MCEF’s inception in 2004 through the awards of 2018, MCEF has been able to make over $68,000 in Grants to the local community.  The purpose of the Madrid Community Endowment Fund is to assist in providing resources for a broad range of existing and future charitable needs throughout the Madrid, Iowa area.  The “Madrid, Iowa Area” shall be defined as the area encompassed by the 50156 area zip code.  The Madrid Community Endowment Fund is an affiliate fund of the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, which administers our fund and over 500 others.

Thank you for your past support and donations and we hope you will consider additional support of the endowment fund in the future.  Donations can be sent to Madrid Community Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 1, Madrid, IA 50156 or on-line at

If you have any questions about the application form or eligibility, please call Ray Ortmann, 515-291-3577.

Madrid Fire Department Seeking Volunteers

The Madrid Volunteer Fire Department is seeking two applicants to fill their ranks.  If you are interested, please contact Fire Chief Scott Maddux at or by completing the “Contact Us” form at the bottom of the Fire Department page under the Public Safety Tab on this website.

Pony Express Riders – Saturday, April 20, 2019

On April 20 more than 300 riders on horseback from across the state of Iowa will deliver donations to Easterseals Iowa Camp Sunnyside. In its 50-year history the group has donated more than $10 million to support Easterseals Iowa and Camp Sunnyside. The community is invited to welcome the riders into Camp Sunnyside at 3 p.m

Construction is taking place on the 2nd Avenue overpass west of Camp Sunnyside. You will not be able to access the 66th Avenue exit and entrance ramps during this time. Instead you will need to access Camp Sunnyside from the East on 66th Avenue.

Rider’s will be heading into Madrid around 10:30 AM from the North side of town stopping at Councilman Shaver’s house for a luncheon before leaving and heading to Camp Sunnyside.

MBDA’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt-Saturday, April 20

MBDA’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM in Edgewood Park.

This event is free to the community for kids ages 0-8! The Easter Bunny will be there starting at 12:30 to take pictures with your kids so bring your cameras!

There will be prize winning eggs for each age group so we suggest you open your eggs at the park!  Egg recycling tubs will be available on site.

**Parents are responsible for checking all items acquired from the event for allergens, and/or choking hazards. By attending and participating in this event, you are absolving MBDA and it’s members of any responsibility in the event you or a child is injured or harmed inadvertently.***

City Job Vacancies

The City of Madrid has two open positions available.  You can find the job descriptions for the two positions listed below and click here for an Application for Employment

Full-Time Park Maintenance Worker (open until 5:00pm May 10, 2019)

Part-Time Seasonal Public Works Utility Worker (open until 5:00pm May 3, 2019) This part-time position will start May 13, 2019 and end September 13, 2019 and will be compensated at rate of $12.50 per hour.

CICS Crisis Services

2019 Labor Day Grand Marshall Nominations

The Madrid Labor Day Commission is accepting nominations for the 2019 Labor Day Grand Marshall.  No formal paperwork is required, just a quick note or email including the name of your nominee as well as the reason why you are nominating them.

Nominations can be turned into City Hall or emailed to through May 31, 2019.

Boone County 2019 Property Assessments

2019 Property Assessments Mailed

The Boone County Assessor’s Office mailed just over 23,000 2019 assessment rolls Monday, April 1, 2019.

For the 4th year in a row, residential market values continue to increase in Boone County.  With the continued growth in market values, the Assessor must revalue properties in Boone County. The median ratio for 2018 was 90.5 in Boone County on 399 sales.  The proper assessment level is 100.  Residential assessments were increased by 8.89%, on average, across Boone County.

This year the Commercial market is experiencing growth, as well.  Commercial assessments have remained static in the previous 5 years leading up to 2018.  The median Commercial ratio for 2018 was 91.8 on 25 sales in Boone County.  The proper assessment level is 100.  Commercial assessments were increased by 7.3%, on average, across Boone County.  Multi-Residential (Apartments) were increased by 13.36% and Industrial increased by 5.93%.  The Assessor’s Office is directed to track market activity and adjust property values (revalue) every odd year, according to Iowa Code (441).

Agricultural land and out buildings (not dwellings) continued the decline that has been experienced in recent years.  Assessment of Agricultural land and buildings were reduced by approximately 27%.  Agricultural land is assessed based upon a rolling productive valuation for the previous 5 years.  For the current assessment, 2016 and 2017 income was added while 2011 and 2012 was removed.  The new income fell far short of the years that were removed, leading to the sizable reduction in assessment.  Agricultural assessments are based upon CSR II points and soil types.  The CSR II values were reduced from $26.00 to $18.75 per point for the 2019 assessment.

Please remember that your property assessment is not an indication of tax liability. It is an estimate of current market value based upon sales of real estate from the previous year (2018).  Tax liability is calculated by the respective levying authorities (i.e. county, school, city..) and applied to the rollback assessed valuation.

Property owners have the ability to protest their assessment before the Boone County Board of Review.  The typical filing dates for a protest are April 2 to April 30.  This year, due to Boone County receiving the designation as a National Disaster area by President Donald J Trump, the filing period has been extended until June 5th.  The informal filing period remains the same, April 2 to April 25.  Appeal forms are available in the Boone County Assessor Office or online at

Please contact the Boone County Assessor at (515) 433-0508 if you have any questions.

Citywide Garage Sale

The Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce City Wide Garage Sale is being held May 4, 2019 beginning at 8:00 A.M.  Signup to have your sale added to the garage sale map is being held at Wilcox Printing and signups are due by noon, April 26, 2019 and costs $5.

Madrid Spanish Students June 14, 2019 Spain Trip Fundraiser

Madrid High School Spanish students will be fundraising for a trip to Spain beginning June 14, 2019.

The students are requesting donations of any style or size of WEARABLE shoes!  City Hall has been designated as one of the drop-off locations! The fundraiser will run until at least the end of April!