As fall approaches and local governments in central Iowa begin to put budgets together for the coming year, they will have to decide what to do with the extraordinarily high property tax assessment increases that homeowners and businesses received in
On August 6, 2019, voters in five Polk County cities will have an opportunity to vote on imposing the 1-cent local option sales tax (LOSST) on retail sales in their communities. The five cities are Bondurant, Clive, Grimes, Johnston, and
A public pension used to be an ironclad promise. That is no longer the case. Many cities and states can no longer afford the unsustainable retirement promises made to millions of public workers over many years. By one estimate they are short $5
One year after the Iowa Legislature threatened to dissolve Des Moines, Urbandale and West Des Moines water utilities metro leaders are moving forward with a plan for regional water production. A commission, made up of mayors and local water board representatives, continues to work
Recent changes in federal tax law will impact cities. Housing experts predicts the tax overhaul will spur home values and property tax revenues to drop. Cities may be forced to find new ways to raise money or cut spending.