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The Scott County auditor will bill cities and school districts just over $132,000 for running the 2021 elections. more
Retired farmers will have several new tax exemptions to choose from under Iowa’s new tax law, which Gov. Kim Reynolds signed last week. more
Iowa’s revenue will decline in upcoming fiscal years, state experts projected March 10. more
Proposed legislation that was approved by the Iowa House and has early support in the Senate would eliminate the risks of injury litigation for railroad companies that allow recreational trails to be built on portions of their railways. more
House lawmakers have proposed another year without a state funding increase for the Iowa Board of Regents, instead introducing a $12 million scholarship program for future teachers and students studying other high-demand professions. more
Carbon pipeline companies would not be allowed to claim eminent domain for nearly a year under a budget bill passed Thursday by the Iowa House. more
Eldridge council members raised the city’s property tax rate 5.4 percent, and are relying on rising property values to generate $3.123 million in property taxes, or 11 percent more than this year. more
The long-discussed makeover of Eldridge’s busiest intersection will happen this year at a price more than $1 million higher than originally estimated in 2020. more
Scott County supervisors approved a record $119,368,505 annual spending plan for the next fiscal year that relies on federal pandemic aid and rising county property values to fund a juvenile detention center without borrowing, and add 11 new employees to the sheriff’s department. more
Scott County supervisors voted unanimously for 4-percent raises to county elected staff, except the sheriff, who got an 8-percent raise. more
Ten collisions in 11 years on New Liberty Road at 60th Avenue are enough. more
Scott County’s Republican state representatives say the income tax cut signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds returns Iowa’s excessive cash balances to taxpayers. Democrats say the budget is balanced by one-time federal pandemic aid that will leave Iowa short just a few years from now. more
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