Shawn Hamerlinck

Clinton County Supervisor

Financial Health:

On October 18, 2016 Moody’s Investors Services upgraded to Aa2 from Aa3 Clinton County’s general obligation debt. Concurrently, Moody’s assigned the Aa2 rating to the county’s Generals Obligation Bonds, Series 2016 for the new county jail project.

In the Moody’s report, “The upgrade to Aa2 reflects significant growth in the county moderately sized tax base, history of maintaining ample reserves, and manageable debt and pension liabilities.”  Moody’s acknowledged, “we expect the county to maintain a healthy financial position supported by recent expenditure reductions and conservative budgeting.”  This was done while maintaining high quality core services and decreasing total debt liability to the taxpayer two consecutive years in a row.

Due to responsible budgeting practices, Clinton County earned a near state-wide low bid rate of 2.7153% on the issuance of recent jail bonds.

Home Base Iowa:

The Home Base Iowa (HBI) program is an initiative put forward by Governor Terry Branstad and Major General Tim Orr, the Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard. They recognized an opportunity to honor all veterans and help bridge Iowa’s current skills gap. Home Base Iowa was developed as a non-profit, private-public partnership to recruit veterans and transitioning service members and help them find private-sector careers in Iowa.

Vision: Iowa is the “State of Choice” for veterans and transitioning service members for employment, education and/or continued service; and service members are valued in communities which are welcoming, affordable, safe and family-friendly.

Mission: Provide veterans and transitioning service members and their families with opportunities and benefits for a successful transition in Iowa — a place to call home.

In 2014, the Iowa Legislature overwhelmingly passed the HBI Act, which provides the following incentives:  state income tax exemption on military pensions, $5000 military homeowner assistance, permissive veteran preference in employment, streamlined occupational licensure processes, and automatic in-state tuition at public universities and community colleges for qualified veterans, spouses and their dependents

Clinton County recently was designated as a Home Base Iowa Community by Governor Brandstad.  In additional to state offered incentives, returning veterans are eligible for a stipend of up to $1500 off initial home closing costs, two stipend visits to view our communities, and a waiver from the county’s business license fee.  In additional, all of Clinton County’s municipalities, the Eastern Iowa Community College District, and a number of our employers have joined in to offer incentives to encourage veterans to once again call Clinton County home.

For a detailed list of these incentives please visit

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