Welcome to Alta

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Welcome to AlTA

Founded because of the expansion of the Chicago-Illinois Railroad, Alta is the highest point on the railroad in Iowa.  Railroad engineer, John I. Blair, named the railroad depot "Alta" in 1870 in honor of his daughter, Altai Blair.  The incorporation papers were filed for "Incorporated Town of Alta, Buena Vista County, Iowa" on November 11, 1878 at the State Land Office at the Capitol in Des Moines. Proximity to rail transportation helped Alta develop into a solid farming community.

Settlers began to take residence in Alta in 1869.  One of the first commercial structures in the town was the railroad depot, followed by a post office.  In 1872, a land company laid out the town of Alta.  The original plat consisted of four blocks.  Hearing of this new settlement, P.G. Peterson of Chicago moved to Alta to start a hotel and help establish a good town.  Soon after, a group of tradesmen and businessmen followed from the Chicago area bringing several businesses to the rapidly growing community.  These new businesses included an elevator, a blacksmith shop, a hardware store, a general mercantile, a medical practice, and a law firm.

Agribusiness is still the mainstay of our community, but new industries - like the production of electricity by sleek wind turbines dotting our countryside - have drawn a rich mix of new residents from diverse backgrounds to Alta.

More than 1800 people call Alta home today, and many others who live in the surrounding rural areas enjoy our shops, parks, and schools. We welcome you to come and explore Alta. Catch our energy!

Upcoming Events

      The City of Alta will be holding a municipal election on Nov. 2, 2021.  The position of Mayor, two council seats, and two Park Board seats will be on the ballot.  Alta's Mayor position is a two-year term, and is currently held by Kevin Walsh.  Council seats have a four-year term.  Willie Lang and Molly Elston hold the council seats that will be on the ballot.  Park Board seats have a six-year term.  Randy Ericksen and Roger Radke hold the Park Board seats that will be on the ballot.  People elected begin serving Jan. 1, 2022.
      Candidates must be eligible electors of the City of Alta.  That means you must live within the Alta city limits, be a US Citizen, be of legal voting age, and not have been convicted of a felony or other infamous crime for which your rights have not been restored by the Governor or by the President of the United States.
      Each candidate must file an affidavit of candidacy and nomination petitions with the City Clerk.  You can stop by Alta City Hall and and get the required forms.  The affidavit of candidacy and nomination petitions may be filled out now, but they must be turned in to the Alta City Clerk's office between Monday, Aug. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.  

Latest News & Announcements


PERL levy to be voted on Nov. 2, 2021. PERL Levy Information

Resolution 21-07 Approving FY22 Budget

FY22 Budget Public Hearing Notice

City Budget Newspaper posting


City application For any questions regarding employment opportunities, please contact the City Clerk at (712) 200-2105, or cityclerk@alta-tec.net.  The City of Alta is an equal opportunity employer.

Resolution 21-03 approving Max City Levy

City Max Levy Resolution


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