Property Taxes

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says the State Hygienic Lab now has the capacity of conducting 620 tests.  The announcement comes as public health officials announced one new case of coronavirus in the state, bringing the total positive cases here to 45. 

There has been a shortage of tests nationwide.

Reynolds says the state is working with private companies to try and come up with solutions for shortages in medical supplies.  Reynolds admits she doesn’t know the number of ventilators available in the state but the state is working on the problem.

 Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday suspended fees related to property taxes and halted most home evictions through a series of relaxed regulations aimed at helping Iowans impacted by the coronavirus.

Reynolds' office initially announced she was suspending the collection of property taxes as part of her orders, but her office later corrected that and said it was just for penalties and interest for property taxes.

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State Representative Mark Smith of Marshalltown is the first candidate to announce he’s running to be the next chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party. Current chair Troy Price announced his resignation yesterday, after more than a week of confusion about the process and results of the Iowa caucuses. Smith told Radio Iowa today that his background gives him the ability to step in and help restore confidence to his party.

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Republican Governor Kim Reynolds is proposing raising the state sales tax and cutting income taxes as one of her legislative priorities for 2020. 

Reynolds announced the plan today in her condition of the state address

 “These investments will not only aid our conservation efforts, they will improve our quality of life and help us retain and recruit a new generation of Iowans.” 


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In her condition of the State address this morning, Iowa Gov Kim Reynolds is asking lawmakers to consider increasing the state sales tax by 1 cent to fund increased spending on water quality, the environment, and mental health care programs. 

To offset the tax increase she's proposing an income tax cut of 10% and a property tax cut. 

She would also like to raise the limit for the childcare tax credit from 45 thousand to 90 thousand dollars, and she will ask for unique childcare ideas.

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The governors of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota say they believe President Donald Trump still supports Midwest farmers. 

All three were in Siouxland for the Tri-State Governor Conference held in Dakota Dunes.

Some ethanol industry advocates are frustrated about a proposal the EPA released last week to account for lost demand for renewable fuels because of small refinery waivers. 

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It’s been very hot this afternoon in Siouxland and forecasters say it will be even warmer tomorrow and through the weekend. We can expect highs in the mid to upper nineties, with high humidity. The National Weather Service in metro Des Moines Radio Iowa that combining that kind of heat and humidity, means at heat indices getting into the low 100s tomorrow and into the weekend.  As yet, no advisories, watches or warnings have been issued in Iowa due to the heat, but that could change soon.  

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In-state students at the University of Iowa and Iowa State will be paying nearly four percent more in tuition costs beginning this fall.  The Iowa Board of Regents approved a proposed tuition increase for Iowa's public universities today.

Out-of-state students attending ISU would pay about 5-percent more, and at Iowa, they would pay about a percent more in tuition.

Base tuition levels at the University of Northern Iowa remained flat, to help UNI compete for students.

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Flood concerns in Siouxland are fading.  After cresting at 30.32 feet early Saturday morning, the Missouri River had fallen more than half a foot as of Sunday afternoon and is expected to continue dropping over the next few days.

Data accumulated by the National Weather Service station in Sioux Falls shows the Missouri River had been at flood stage – 30 feet in depth – since around 8 a.m. Friday. The river dropped below flood stage early Sunday morning around 6.

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The Iowa Supreme Court has affirmed a state regulator’s 2016 decision to allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to be built diagonally across the state. ‘Court also upheld the use of eminent domain to make way for the pipeline against the objections of landowners. 

Landowners and the Sierra Club sued the pipeline and the Iowa Utilities Board because they said the pipeline doesn’t meet the legal standard of “public convenience and necessity” and presents serious environmental risks. 

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Farmers, ranchers and homeowners throughout Nebraska are likely to get more state money next year to offset their property tax bills.

But, it won't make a big difference for many people and that's leaving some lawmakers exasperated as this year's legislative session nears its end.

The new state budget awaiting a final vote in the Legislature provides a major boost to the Nebraska property tax credit, which helps reduce the total tax bill sent to property owners.

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Iowa’s senior senator says he’s disappointed with the escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Republican Chuck Grassley stands by the president’s efforts pressuring China to align its trade practices with global expectations on intellectual property and other issues. But he says increasing tariffs on soybeans and other agricultural products hits farmers hard.

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A judge is considering his verdict regarding a 19-year-old Sioux City resident accused of stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend and another man.

Testimony ended this week in the nonjury trial of Tran Walker. He's accused of killing 17-year-old Paiten Sullivan and 18-year-old Felipe Negron Jr. Police say Walker was in a car with the other two in January of last year when he stabbed Sullivan and then Negron when he tried to intervene.

Walker has pleaded not guilty to the two counts of first-degree murder.

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The Sioux City Council will be asked today to approve site plans for three U.S. Cellular cell towers.  The network build-out is part of the telecommunications company's expansion into Sioux City. U.S. Cellular said last month that it expects to add about 30 total cell sites in Sioux City and the surrounding area, with only five being new tower builds within the city. 

In February, the council denied U.S. Cellular's site plan for a 130-foot cell tower at 2015 W. Sixth St. because the site plan failed to meet setback requirements. 

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Iowa Senate Republicans are including more money for property tax relief in a bill that extends the statewide sales tax that helps pay for school infrastructure.

Democrats opposed the Senate Republicans’ proposal but supported the overall bill. Senator Joe Bolkcom is a Democrat from Iowa City.

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Republicans on an Iowa Senate committee have changed a bill extending a statewide sales tax for school infrastructure to allow more of that money to go to property tax relief.

Extending the SAVE tax is a priority for public schools. The House of Representatives has already passed a version that gives more property tax relief than the current SAVE law, but the Senate doubled the House proposal.

Iowa’s two U.S. Senators say flood control should be the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ number 1 priority in managing the Missouri River.

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Next week, members of the Iowa House will debate HB 773, which would prevent counties and cities from raising property taxes above a certain level each year. The Sioux City Council will consider a resolution opposing the bill at next Monday’s meeting.  At a news conference this morning, City manager Bob Padmore that the bill would result in a two-percent increase limit that would have to cover the fire department and police department, which use most of the city’s property tax dollars.  Padmore says the bill is based more innuendo than fact.  


Coming up this week on The Exchange, Sears, a lynchpin of the Siouxland retail economy is leaving after 90 years, perhaps because it failed to keep up with the times.

The evolution of the local economy and why your property taxes might be going up.  That an more on the Exc Wednesday at noon, Friday at 9 a.m. on SPM.


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Coming up this week on The Exchange, Sears, a lynchpin of the Siouxland retail economy is leaving after 90 years, perhaps because it failed to keep up with the times.

The Sioux City Council held a pre-legislative forum yesterday.  Siouxland house and senate representatives and other local leaders discussed TIF or Tax increment financing. TIF allows municipalities to earmark property tax revenue from specific districts to raise the districts’ assessed value. While some Iowa lawmakers are questioning the value of TIF, newly-elected Sixth District Republican State representative Jim Carlin says it’s been a successful economic tool for Sioux City.