Iowa

In the second installment in a series of studies conducted by the Iowa-based Strategic Economics Group, Sioux City and Woodbury County taxpayers would lose millions in new revenues if either the Hard Rock or Warrior casino projects were chosen.  Read More

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With funnel week past, the focus will now shift to property tax reform at the state legislature. Senator Amy Sinclair says she has concerns with what Senate Democrats have proposed. She says it’s similar to what they proposed last year. It acts more as a tax credit than a rollback, she notes, and doesn’t give enough incentives to large manufacturers as it only credits around the first $300,000 worth of property value. Read More

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A plan from Iowa Senate Democrats to reduce commercial property taxes is moving forward, though Republican lawmakers and Gov. Terry Branstad have questioned the proposal.

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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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