Folks in Aurelia are pulling together to try and draw more people to live in the community. The Aurelia Economic Development Corp. with the support of the Aurelia Municipal Utilities and the Aurelia City Council are promoting the "Sweet Life" in Aurelia by paying five percent of the purchase price of a home, up to $5,000.
A simple approval process by the AEDC housing committee has to be done. The idea behind it all is to share the benefits of a small-town lifestyle at affordable prices.
The group put forth a brochure which explains this special offer. They realize many who relocate to this area of Iowa automatically look at larger towns first, therefore they are missing out on the beauty and safety of residing in a small town. Small towns provide a safe, secure environment where neighbors truly care about each other.
The group is also happy to compare property values, taxes, utility, and living costs. They base their facts on a 2005-2006 property levy rates posted for Aurelia, Cherokee, and Storm Lake. The group claims one will spend 26 percent less living in Aurelia rather than in Cherokee and 18 percent less than Storm Lake. They also believe people will get a lot more house for the money in Aurelia than in other area towns.
Area lenders are providing informational sheets to prospective buyers. All purchases need to be done within Aurelia's city limits and the five percent figure will be based on the declaration of value from the sale.
The group is promoting recreational amenities which include a swimming pool, a manicured nine hole golf course, a beautiful city park complete with a shelter house, tennis courts and gazebo, several baseball diamonds and playground areas. Aurelia has a wonderful location seated between Storm Lake and the Iowa Great Lakes region for boating and fishing enthusiasts. Aurelia has a public library which offers the newest books along with the classics and stocks many magazines and newspapers for residents. They also have a good stock of videos for all ages.
After a busy day of work, a short drive home provides time to unwind.
The group boasts about their safety as it has an amazingly low crime rate. The streets are well lit and people may walk whenever they want for pleasure or exercise.
In addition to local enforcement, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department and Iowa State Patrol assist. The local fire department has 20 specially trained volunteers who answer calls at a moments notice. Also Cherokee Regional Medical Center provides ambulance service. Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake is just a few minutes away as well and Mercy Air Care from Sioux City which provides emergency service to the community.
The group is also promoting Aurelia as having a strong sense of community. Generations of many families have made their home in Aurelia.
The community boasts of providing quality education for its citizens. Student class sizes are small enough for individual assistance. Graduates are well-prepared to go on to college and universities. Students have scored high in proficiency in reading and math. In sports, music and speech, students have achieved much coming away with championships.
Mustard Seed Nursery and Preschool provides wonderful care for young children at affordable rates with a caring talented staff.
There is a great sense of civic pride and an old-sense of hospitality there. One can look forward to annual celebrations such as the firemen's ball, class reunions and so forth. Aurelia has many civic groups such as American Legion and their auxiliary, Federated Women's Club, Friends of the Library, Aurelia Heritage Society, Little League, Friends of Aurelia, Kiwanis, 4-H, Red Hat Society and various card groups and church groups.
As in most smaller towns, people in need will find support to get them through a family crisis. It creates a wonderful environment for family living.