Iowa

The annual debate about commercial property taxes in Iowa is under way, and once again the discussion ignores the larger picture — that overall business taxes in Iowa are below average among states — and fails to consider reforms that should be addressed first. Read More

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An Iowa Senate panel advanced a $250 million property tax cut for businesses Monday with a stern warning by Democrats that they won’t permit Republican Gov. Terry Branstad to cram his tax plan “down our throats.” Read More

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One big issue left over from the last legislative session is property taxes. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad recently introduced a bill that would gradually reduce the taxable portion of a commercial property to 80 percent of its value. Read More

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Iowa state senators have offered a revised $250 million, five-year plan to reduce commercial property taxes for most Iowa businesses via an annual state tax credit. Read More

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Senate Democrats on Thursday offered a $250 million, five-year plan to reduce commercial property taxes for most Iowa businesses via an annual state tax credit.Read More

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The developer of a proposed Davenport casino paid nearly $500,000 in property taxes after landing on Rock Island County’s delinquent list in December. Read More

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This week, the Senate passed two bills along party lines and one bill with bipartisan support. The party-line votes were for two bills that set Allowable Growth (the annual increase in dollars available per student) for next school year at 4 percent.  Read More

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Property taxes, almost all of us pay for them in one way or another. Read More

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During a recent Storm Lake City Council meeting, a $279,000 five-year tax abatement for Hillshire Farms was approved. Read More

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Gov. Terry Branstad today proposed a $6.5 billion state budget that offers across-the-board property tax relief and funding for education reforms in an annual Condition of the State speech that heavily emphasized new opportunities. Read More

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Lawmakers from Johnson County — all Democrats — have criticized Republican lawmakers’ and Gov. Terry Branstad’s property tax plans, saying they would put a burden on city and county governments across the state.Read More

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Yet another attempt to reform Iowa's commercial and industrial property tax code is expected in the upcoming legislative session. Read More

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They’ve settled.

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 Legislative Republicans hope to champion state income tax cuts for Iowa taxpayers during the 2013 session that begins Jan.

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 Pringle LLC, a company owned by Chuck Sides, is Marion County’s biggest property-tax deadbeat, with more than a quarter of a million dollars in past-due taxes. Read more

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 Steven Gruhn’s property along U.S. Highway 71 in Dickinson County is a lucrative one for local coffers: In 2011, he was taxed more than $19,800 for two parcels spread over about two acres of grass and gravel that were zoned commercial. Read more

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 Business leaders from Iowa's largest communities expressed optimism Wednesday that the 2013 legislative session will produce meaningful and significant tax relief. Read more

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 After tamping down expectations for what might be accomplished during the 2013 legislative session, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told a Des Moines business group that “the deal is there to be cut” on property tax relief. Read more

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 Iowa legislative leaders offered better than even odds that the Republican House and Democratic Senate would come together next year on a property tax reform package, which has eluded them each of the last two years. Read more

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