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Abrupt drops of sales and fuel taxes, and delays in spring property tax payments will force Scott County Supervisors  to rely more heavily on reserves and delay planned discussions on jail and juvenile detention expansion. County budget director David Farmer calculated about $1.8 million in lost revenue so far. That includes: more
Rebids on Park View’s water system overhaul came in significantly lower, allowing the Water and Sanitary District Board to award a $1,294,802 contract to Valley Construction. more
Eldridge police report good compliance with playground restrictions because of the pandemic, but some council members questioned whether officers should continue to be allowed to use the fitness center. more
Long Grove residents should launch a local civil defense group to identify and recruit skilled volunteers, and stockpile food and other supplies for long-term power outages or other disasters. more
The Iowa Democratic Party on April 9 announced an updated County Convention process to be conducted remotely over the month of April. The updated, non-present County Convention process gives county party leaders options on how to conduct their convention, including online or by mail. more
Scott County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Roxanna Moritz announced April 9 that she is consolidating polling places for the June 2, 2020, Primary Election in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. Moritz said she temporarily is reducing the number of polling places to 23 from the usual 63. more
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate on March 31 announced that his office plans to mail an absentee ballot request form to every active registered voter in the state ahead of the June 2 primary. The forms will be sent in mid-late April and will include prepaid postage for return mailing to county auditors. more
Supervisors exempted 1,843 acres from property taxes under Iowa’s Slough Bill law that allows counties to waive tax liability for land maintained as prairie, forest cover or other environmental purposes. more
Snow fence and yellow caution tape went up in Eldridge parks this week as the city implemented a new phase of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ virus response. more
Maria Dickmann is aiming for a 2022 Scott County Supervisor bid after her attempt to run as a Republican this year fell short. more
The Republican Party of Iowa announced that district conventions, which are scheduled for Saturday, April 25, will not be convening as usual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the State Central Committee voted unanimously to mail paper ballots to all district delegates. more
City hall staff embarked on spring cleaning after city hall closed to the public last week. more
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