(Greenfield) Iowa Lawmakers gavel in on January 9 and one big item on the agenda will be the governor’s proposal to reform commercial property taxes and how this will affect their ability to meet residents’ needs.
Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler agrees with the Governor that something needs to be done. “I think both sides of the aisle want to see some relief especially in commercial property taxes being paid by Iowan’s, because it is too much.”
Baudler says the big question is funding, so the financial burden doesn’t fall on the shoulders of local government.To offset that the state is talking about backfilling this plan. “We have talked about $50-$60-million to fund this proposal and that is moving up the scale over a number of years,” stated Baudler. “I guess you would say the “Devils in the Details,” and we haven’t seen all the details yet.”
Baudler says some other key issues include, mental health reform, and the unveiling of the Governors education initiative soon.
December 28, 2011