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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Marion Contrarian: Partisan fire under the golden dome

Excerpted from this post at The Marion Contrarian

Well, I spent the entire day at the Iowa Capitol lobbying for the
right of Linn County voters to decide whether or not they want to tax
themselves an extra penny on local sales, presumably to be used for
flood relief. Yesterday, the Iowa Senate passed an expedited calendar
to set a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) vote in any Presidentially
Declared Disaster County for March 3rd. The tax would be collected
starting April 1st. The reason March 3rd is needed, is due to the fact
that local governments certify their budgets on March 15. If the
revenue is not there to provide services, the likely outcome would be
cuts in services and a significant property tax hike on residents.
That is why I was so dismayed to see Republicans, en masse, vote
against this measure and all but ensure a major property tax hike if
they had their way.

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